Canadian Language Benchmarks: English as a Second Language for Adults (2012)

This document provides a guide to the background, nature, and use of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) standard, a descriptive scale of language ability in English as a Second Language. The CLB standard is set out as 12 benchmarks or reference points progressing from basic to advanced, reflecting the growth of knowledge and skills that underlie basic, intermediate, and advanced ability among adult ESL learners.

The benchmarks are set out in chart form for the language components of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

The authors note that the benchmarks follow certain guiding principles. They are competency-based, stressing what the learner can do in English; task-based, relying on “real world” usage; and learner-centred. They also stress community, study, and work-related tasks.

The intended audience for the CLB is the professional field of adult ESL instructors, assessors, curriculum and resource developers, test designers, and academics. As well, the CLB standard can also be used to inform funders of English training programs; labour market associations; licensing bodies; and employers.

This document was originally published in 2010 and, after a period of public consultation, released in its revised form in 2012.

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978-1-100-54379-6
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2013-04-29
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Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB). Canadian Language Benchmarks: English as a Second Language for Adults 2012. Web. 24 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cclb/can_lang_bench_esl/can_lang_bench_esl.pdf>
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) (2012). Canadian Language Benchmarks: English as a Second Language for Adults. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cclb/can_lang_bench_esl/can_lang_bench_esl.pdf
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