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Resources for the Classroom

for Canadian Language Benchmarks and Portfolio Based Language Assessment

This section includes resources (lesson plans, curriculum, readings, videos, podcasts, etc.) to use in class.

See “Nutrition Lessons for English Language Learners” for language learning modules co-developed by Alberta Health Services and LINC collaborators:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Canada’s Food Guide
  • Drinks in Canada.

Modules are designed for the following levels: Foundation Literacy–CLB1, CLB 2/3, CLB 4/5. They include lesson plans, activities, handouts, assessment tasks, and some online resources.

Alberta Health Services. (n.d.). Newcomer nutrition education toolkit. https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/nutrition/Page16518.aspx

This resource includes reproducible language learning activities organized by 12 common LINC themes. PDFs and audios can be downloaded for LINC 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Algonquin College. (2009). LINC 1–4 classroom activities.
https://settlementatwork.org/resources/linc-1-4-classroom-activities

This hub includes the following resources:

  • Tool 1: Assessment Templates
  • Tool 2: Instructor administered templates (a collection of CLB 4-7 assessments and templates for use in LINC programs that use Portfolio-Based Language Instruction)
  • Tool 3: Learner Reflections (a series of reflective tools to use in class)
  • Tool 4: Self Assessments (a collection of self-assessment tools for CLB 4-7).

The resource includes ready-made module packages for CLB 1–2, CLB 3–4, and CLB 5–6. Each package includes the following:

  • A module plan adjusted for two levels
  • Assessment tasks at two levels
  • Skill-building activities
  • Skill-using tasks
  • Needs assessments and learner reflections
  • Lesson plans
  • Learner materials

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. (n.d.). Multilevel modules. PBLA Practice Guidelines. https://pblapg.language.ca/part-e-classroom-and-professional-learning/multilevel-modules-2/

This resource includes documents and forms for PBLA.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. (2019). Key portfolio elements. PBLA Practice Guidelines. https://pblapg.language.ca/part-b-pbla-portfolios-key-elements/supplement-2-portfolio-elements-sample-forms/

This resource includes inventory sheets for the various PBLA binder sections.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. (2019). Supplement inventory sheets. PBLA Practice Guidelines. https://pblapg.language.ca/part-b-pbla-portfolios-key-elements/supplement-3-portfolio-skills-inventory-sheet/

This hub includes online resources to help students understand PBLA. It includes videos to explain PBLA (along with video transcripts and translations), practice listening activities, and literacy activities.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB). (n.d.). My PBLA. https://www.language.ca/resourcesexpertise/my-pbla/

This resource includes Can Do Statements that describe what learners can do at each of the 12 CLB levels in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. (2013). Canadian Language Benchmarks: Can Do statements. https://www.ecala.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/CLB_Can_Do_Statements_web.pdf

This resource includes Can Do Statements for CLB 4-10. These statements have a workplace/employment focus.

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. (2013). Canadian Language Benchmarks: Can Do statements for employment. https://www.language.ca/product/can-do-statements-for-employment-pdf-e/

This comprehensive rubric generating tool reduces the time instructors spend creating assessments aligned to the CLB. The rubrics incorporate competency statements, indicators, profiles of ability, and features of communication. They also include sample tasks.

Go to Tutela to access rubric generating tools for the following:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • LINC Literacy Writing

Cortes, A. H., Wilson, A., Wodtka, A., Andrews, B., Molto, L., & Reis, S. (2016). Conestoga College LINC assessment generating tool. Tutela. (Download from Tutela.)

This toolkit serves as a companion document to the Formative Assessment Toolkit. It helps instructors when conducting assessments for learning, monitoring learner progress, and making decisions about future learning objectives. This resource includes self-assessment activities for literacy to CLB 7.

Kilner, A., & Drew, R. (2012). Learner self-assessment toolkit: ELSA levels Literacy to 7. ELSA Net. (Download from Tutela.ca)

This resource includes best practices for formative and self-assessment as well as CLB-referenced tools for teacher assessment, self/peer-assessment and reflection tools for Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

LISTN. (2015). Classroom assessment toolkit. (Download from Tutela.ca)

This resource includes learning modules (CLB 1 & 1L to CLB 7) on 8 different topics. Although designed for face-to-face instruction, these can be adapted for online delivery. The resource includes module plans, skill-building, skill-using, and assessments.

Note: To access these resources, publically funded instructors will need to get a password from their administrator. Also, many of these resources can be accessed on Tutela (and some have been adapted to online delivery).

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. (2020). Real world assessment task bank modules. https://realworldtasks.ca/login.php

This collection includes multi-level modules for the following CLB levels: 3–4, 4–5, 5–6, 7–8. Each module includes the following:

  • A module plan
  • A list of resources
  • Ideas for skill building/using activities
  • Assessment tasks with Google Form links and answer keys.

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES). (n.d.). PBLA module bank for LINC online. https://www.immigrant-education.ca/pbla-modules/

This resource includes reproducible language learning activities for LINC 5–7 learners.

Volume 1 includes chapters on academic skills, business writing, interacting with others, and looking for a job. Volume 2 includes chapters on managing information (reading), meetings, and telephone calls. Audio files can also be downloaded.

Toronto Catholic School Board. (2010). LINC 5–7 classroom activities: Volumes 1–2 https://settlementatwork.org/resources/linc-5-7-classroom-activities-volumes-1-2

This resource includes tip sheets and sample assessment tools for CLB 1–4 Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Reading.

Toronto Catholic District School Board. (2018). Engaging learners in PBLA: Tip sheets and resources for instructor-led assessment CLB 1–4. https://www.tcdsb.org/FORCOMMUNITY/AdultEducationESL/Resources/Documents/Assessment%20Package%20CLB1-4%20(38%20pp).pdf

This resource includes tip sheets and sample assessment tools for CLB 5-8 Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Reading.

Toronto Catholic District School Board. (2018). Engaging learners in PBLA: Tip sheets and resources for assessment CLB 5–8. https://www.tcdsb.org/FORCOMMUNITY/AdultEducationESL/Resources/Documents/Assessment%20Package%20CLB5-8%20(38%20pp).pdf

This resource includes a description of processes for self and peer assessment, as well as tools for self-reflection, peer feedback, and reflection on learning tools.

Tutela hosts a huge collection of CLB-referenced materials, curriculum, and PBLA tasks, designed specifically for LINC and ESL programming in Canada. Create an account and sign in to Tutela. Under the Resources tab, search for CLB resources for relevant CLB and/or ESL literacy levels. Under the Collections tab, search for the following collections:

  • Search for PBLA Collections for your CLB level. Each collection includes relevant tools and templates, needs assessments and goal setting tools, skill-building and skill-using resources, formative assessment tools, and Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing assessments.
  • Search for ESL for ALL and/or literacy Lesson Plans, Modules, and Assessment Tools and Templates