This resource takes a considered approach to the topic of Blended Learning. It is organized in categories for the diverse needs of readers. For an organization moving to an e-learning model, it could inform planning, development and funding application rationales.
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“CLB ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL) addresses the needs and abilities of adult ESL Literacy learners. Most government-funded Adult ESL classes in Canada are referenced to the CLB and adult ESL learners are placed on the CLB scale using a CLB‐based assessment instrument. However, when adult ESL learners who lack literacy skills are placed on the scale, they require unique supports as they gain the ability to communicate in an additional language. The purpose of this document is to describe the needs and abilities of adult ESL Literacy learners and to support instructors in meeting their learning needs.” (www.language.ca)
This 235-page book describes CLB as follows: “The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) standard is a descriptive scale of language ability in English as a Second Language (ESL) written as 12 benchmarks or reference points along a continuum from basic to advanced. The CLB standard reflects the progression of the knowledge and skills that underlie basic, intermediate and advanced ability among adult ESL learners.
The Canadian Language Benchmarks are:
- a set of descriptive statements about successive levels on the continuum of language ability,
- a description of communicative competencies and performance tasks through which learners demonstrate application of language knowledge (i.e., competence) and skill (i.e., ability),
- a national standard for planning curricula for language instruction in a variety of contexts,
- a framework of reference for learning, teaching, programming and assessing adult ESL in Canada.”
The book takes learners through stages 1 to 3 in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks acts as a repository for all things CLB that have been funded, produced and shared to ensure national consistency in language delivery.
It supports the following areas:
- Language learners
- Immigration or citizenship
- Language teachers
- Volunteers working with refugees
- Language assessors
- TESL training
- Employers, counsellors and workers
- Regulatory bodies
Note: The site is updated to reflect the changing needs of the language community.
Most resources are free access:
CLB Bootcamp is a 10-hour self-study course divided into three modules:
- CLB Basics covers an introduction to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. It includes the theoretical framework, the revised CLB document and the CLB ESL for Adult Literacy Learners document.
- Planning and the CLB provides instruction in needs assessment, and how to use a task-based approach to planning modules and lessons.
- Assessment and the CLB covers on-going learner assessment and provides an introduction to Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA).
Free access (through the CCLB E-learning Portal): http://learning.language.ca
The CLB Support Kit contains background information for ESL practitioners, with detailed discussions on incorporating grammar, pronunciation and pragmatics into CLB-based programs. There are sections that address using the CLBs in multilevel classes, with special needs learners, and in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and workplace ESL.
It includes sample program planning tools such as needs assessment, sample rubrics, tracking forms, self-assessment and feedback forms.
References are listed at the end of each section, as well as additional resources developed by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, including SAM for CLB 1-4, and the CLB 5-10 Exit Assessment Tasks for community, employment and academic programs.
You need to “Add to Cart” in order to download, which means registering to order.
The kit also provides exemplars for listening, speaking, reading and writing as a separate document, which can be accessed at:
Select Part IV for the exemplars.
“This resource is intended to be used in conjunction with two key documents:
- the Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL), which supports instructors working with adult ESL learners who have literacy needs; and
- the Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for Adults, which is the national standard for English as a second language for adult immigrants (including those with literacy needs) living, working and studying in Canada.
The purpose of this Support Kit is to show instructors how the CLB and ALL documents are used for planning and assessing ESL learners with literacy needs in CLB-referenced classrooms.
The Kit includes:
- Orientations to the CLB: ESL for ALL and the CLB: ESL for Adults documents;
- Information and examples for planning literacy instruction, including needs;
- Assessment and goal-setting, module/unit planning and lesson planning;
- Information and examples on assessing ESL Literacy learners’ progress in a way that is compatible with Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA);
- Suggestions for supporting ESL Literacy learners in multi-level literacy classes and mainstream ESL classes;
- Ideas for using the Continuum of Literacy Skills found in the CLB: ESL for ALL document; and
- Sample resources for literacy instruction and assessment.” (www.language.ca)
To download you need to “Add to Cart” and register. The PDF will be emailed to you.
The English Language Learning (ELL) Training Network was developed by CEIIA, Bow Valley College’s Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement. Designed for ELL practitioners, the Network provides information, resources and tools for instructors, a resource finder, PD workshops and webinars, network for professional learning, blog posts and social media links.
The Network was developed by CEIIA, Bow Valley College’s Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement. Designed for ESL Literacy practitioners, the Network provides information, resources and tools for instructors, a resource finder, PD workshops and webinars, network for professional learning, blog posts and social media links.
For administrators, there are tools for program development, including a comprehensive program development guide, and a series on innovations in programming.
This free educational website houses 2,000 lessons for a global audience, covering 180 topics, primarily designed to improve technology skills for learners of all ages. There are tutorials to improve knowledge of Microsoft Office, iPads and other devices, and how to use social media. In addition, there are lessons in the Essential Skills of reading and mathematics, and English language learning.
The technology tutorials may be quite useful for teachers to improve understanding and comfort levels with digital tools. Learners can use the tutorials for independent study.
The English language feature for ESL students is suitable for intermediate/high level learners. The lessons are for grammar, reading skills. Instructions are available in several languages, including Arabic, Spanish, Chinese and Korean. The lessons have video and interactive features as well. Teacher guides and resources are available, and instructors can customize lessons.
Google‘s G Suite is a set of digital tools to help instructors interact, collaborate, prepare and store materials. The Suite differs from a personal account because it allows instructors to share school-wide and with the class, providing shared access to Drive, Calendars and Docs, with enhanced security. There are 11 Google tools, including Gmail, Drive, Vault, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Websites and Hangouts. The Classroom tool allows instructors to create, share, grade assignments and communicate with learners. The website is a site-builder for instructors or students to create their own website or class website. The Vault is a space to archive emails and chats.
G Suite is free for schools and includes support. There is no advertising and your data belongs to you.
The Language and Skills Training Resource Catalogue of ISANS includes books that cover a wide range of topics for ESL Literacy and SLT classes. For example:
- Through the Lens helps learners navigate and understand living in a diverse community
- Workplace Curricula focuses on healthcare, engineers, communication for work and business, pronunciation and communication for work
- Soft skills focus on professional communication, working with others, workplace writing for levels 1, 2 and 3
- Language learning strategies
- EAL computer training
Order form included; prices range from $20 to $300 (plus HST).
The Keystone Concepts foundational document and Quartz online planning tool together comprise the “Curriculum Guidelines for Ontario Adult Non-Credit Language Training Program.” (Adult FSL can also be accessed through this website.)
Keystone Concepts is a 40-page document containing guiding principles and components of program delivery for ESL in Ontario Adult Non-Credit Language Training programs. It is the foundation for the course planning process that is facilitated by the Quartz interactive online suite of planning tools. The document details eight core principles, and four key components of program planning.
Please note: Currently only those with a schoolboard email can access this site.
This 16-page guide is an excellent overview of the assessment process in Ontario. It is explicitly for learners and, while clearly written, requires substantial reading skills.
It is an excellent tool for other stakeholders. For example, intake workers and receptionists would find it useful to reference this document on a regular basis, as would ISAP staff.
The guide could be used to develop a webinar for support staff who are challenged by students on a regular basis.
The resources available are curated by topic or area of interest. They are updated and added to on a regular basis. Resources are available for instructors but the webinars require membership in the Peel-Halton-Dufferin Support Services. Topics are generally aligned to CLB levels and stages.
Online Resource Topics:
- NFB Short Films
This is a core document that clearly guides the placement of learners in classes. It is intended for language assessors, instructors and coordinators. The guidelines are clearly articulated and transparent. The guidelines are mandatory for all CIC-funded programs.
Specialized training for experienced practitioners to enhance knowledge and skills in high-priority content areas.
More information at:
Direct links to courses
ACE Certificate in Advanced Grammar: PTCT Course
Advanced Pedagogical Grammar Preparation: PTCT Course
Developing Materials for the Language Classroom: PTCT Course
How to Teach Pronunciation to ESL Students: PTCT Course, Seneca College
Language Teaching and Technology Pt 1: PTCT Course
This is the first of a three-part series of courses designed to improve participants’ knowledge of technology and ability to use technology in the second language classroom. Participants will read and reflect on issues of technology use in the classroom. They will also be introduced to a variety of technology tools in a hands-on environment, and will complete reflective journal tasks for assessment.
Online delivery: 12 weeks/35 hours
Start dates and registration: http://llinstitute.com/applications/ptct-courses
Language Teaching and Technology Pt 2: PTCT Course
Participants must have successfully completed Part 1. The course asks participants to evaluate research on effectiveness of technology in education. They will engage in hands-on practice using new technology tools, including quiz and game tools and mobile devices. Participants will be asked to apply their knowledge to language systems and language skills.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Part 1Online delivery: 12 weeks/35 hours
Start dates and registration: http://llinstitute.com/applications/ptct-courses
Language Teaching and Technology Pt 3: PTCT Course
Part 3 prepares participants to teach in a fully online language setting. The course is taught with 8 practice teaching modules, which cover learner motivation, collaboration, feedback and assessment. Participants are asked to prepare a lesson plan, self-reflection report and student feedback. At the end of this course, participants will be able to confidently plan and deliver an online curriculum incorporating technology and effective teaching techniques.
Prerequisite: successful completion of Part 2
Online delivery: 12 weeks/30 hours
Start dates and registration: http://llinstitute.com/applications/ptct-courses
Teaching English for Academic Purposes: PTCT Course, (ACE) Advance Consulting for Education
Participants learn how to prepare English learners for post-secondary studies. Through 13 modules, participants will learn to teach academic language skills, critical thinking, essay writing, academic research and citation, finding and evaluating materials and resources and academic honesty.
Participants will be assessed on the completion of Task Journal assignments, which include discussion and short answer questions, plus curriculum design tasks.
The course is offered through a partnership with the London Language Institute.
Admission is restricted to qualified, currently practicing ESL teachers.
Online delivery: 12 weeks/26 hours
Teaching Listening and Speaking with Technology : PTCT Course, Algonquin College
This is a survey course to introduce participants to Internet tools and applications to assist with learners’ development of listening and speaking skills.
Participants will learn to use tandem learning, multimodal web-conferencing environments such as Blackboard Collaborate and 3D Virtual Worlds in a hands-on setting. Participants will be engaged in hands-on exploration of online tools and in online material development.
Course duration: 32 hours = 24 in-class/online synchronous hours, and 8 online asynchronous hours
Must be TESL Ontario certified.
Blended delivery with option for in class: 8 weeks/32 hours
Location: Ottawa, ON
Teaching Occupation Specific Language: PTCT Course, (ACE) Advance Consulting for Education
Teaching Pronunciation: PTCT Course, Canadian College of Educators
This pronunciation course is for TESL Ontario accredited instructors. The course will cover several topics, including linguistic systems, phonetic alphabets, vowels and consonants, rhythm, intonation and linking. The course will also cover unique features of Canadian accents, pronunciation problems common to particular language groups, planning with CLB documents and integrating pronunciation with other language skills.
Assessments include quizzes, reflective journal entries and a lesson planning assignment.
Participants may start at any time but must complete the course within a 6-month timeframe.
Blended delivery: 20 hours online, 5 hours in class. Skype option for participants 100 km from Mississauga.
Self-paced – completion in 6 months
Teaching Standardized Test Preparation: PTCT Course, (ACE) Advance Consulting for Education
Teaching TOEFL Preparation: PTCT Course, Canadian College of Educators
Quartz is an interactive online tool that offers a guided process for designing ESL courses based on learner needs and the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Quartz provides a set of tools and resources for course, unit, lesson plan and assessment creation. (Note: Instructors cannot upload existing units or lesson plans.)
Samples of Unit Names are found by clicking the blue Samples Tab on the right, providing three choices: Community, Work and Study and CLB Levels 1–8.
After selecting a Unit Name, choose a Unit Theme: three tabs are provided: Community, Work and Study. Sample themes can be viewed for each tab and CLB level.
Work has two themes: customer service (no themes offered for CLB1–4) and employment.
Note: Only those with a schoolboard email can access this site.
This resource explains the relationship between Essential Skills and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (caveat: CLB 2000 was used). This is an excellent resource for developing tasks based on real-world employment examples. You will need to “Add to Cart” in order to download. The PDF will be emailed to you.
The Settlement.org website provides information to newly arrived immigrants and refugees in Ontario. It lists common questions and answers with relevant links. The main headings are “First Days” and “Services Near Me.” Information is presented in Q & A format at an intermediate level of English. Topics covered include immigration and citizenship, housing, health, education, legal services, community and daily life. Information includes getting a driver’s licence, finding a doctor and dentist, the Canada Child Benefit, Employment Standards information, a guide to elementary and secondary schools.
The website information has been translated into 40 languages, plus there is a forum where users can have their specific questions answered. There is also a sidebar listing events by date.
SettlementAtWork is described as a knowledge hub for the settlement sector in the province. It contains an online listing of employment opportunities for those working with newcomers. There is also a wiki to share information and resources, a sector events page and RFPs (Requests for Proposals) for new projects in the settlement sector.
Well populated with ideas and resources from practitioners, this blog is kept up-to-date and managed by a knowledgeable team. Links are live.
This resource informs practitioners, administrators and assessors of the priorities in each level of government. Managers and administrators would find it useful in short- and long-term planning.
This event occurs at the yearly provincial TESL conference and is open to managers and administrators.
This is the professional journal of TESL Ontario. It is an online magazine published three times a year. Articles are current, engaging and personal. Topics cover a broad range of subjects, including academic research.
In order to view TESL Ontario Webinars you need to be a TESL member and a member of a TESL group on Tutela. There are a wide variety of webinars available, both current and archived. Webinars count as TESL professional development. Must register with Tutela then search webinars.
Webinars can be accessed at:
Select TESL Ontario in “Groups” to access webinars past and present.
There are currently 100 webinars (some repeats) available for access on this site. The topics are varied and cover many aspects, including literacy, classroom management and PBLA.
Online, free for members. And membership is free. When completed, many posts are kept in the archives. Some webinars are located within a membership group and one needs to be a member to join or view. Most webinars can be used for TESL Ontario professional development requirements.
Free to join. Free access nationally. Must register then search Tutela Webinars.