Can Learn English is a Canadian content, “Canadian English” website hosted by a Canadian teacher named Dana (more information forthcoming). You’ll find a Youtube channel with well-produced videos, a Facebook page, podcasts, free E-textbook, and also an Academy: a paid-subscription online course with academic lessons referenced to the CLBs. Intended for intermediate/advanced learners: subscriptions cost $19/month, $188/year and $66/4-month period.
This document contains a template or blueprint for designing a CLB 7 exit test for reading and writing. It provides guidance for drawing up a test, performance indicators and suggested activities. Some of the content is Alberta-based, but will be helpful to instructors as a starting point for test design. The source of the document is the ATESL Resource Library and Alberta Initiatives Gallery.
ESL Library is a commercial site containing well developed lesson plans and resources for EAL teachers. Materials have been developed to meet the needs of LINC/ESL teachers. The Citizenship module contains a teacher guidelines and learner activities. Your organization may obtain a subscription for unlimited instructor use, or subscriptions may be shared among 5 members.
Access by subscription: https://www.esllibrary.com/courses/75/lessons/2268
This is a curriculum for CLB 4-6 to prepare newcomer learners to find jobs or retrain to work in the food services industry. The lessons focus on developing speaking and listening skills for for busy environments, such as working in a kitchen, cafeteria, or restaurant.
The Learner Workbook includes:
- 4 Modules, 16 Units
- Audio and video resources
- Comprehension exercises
- A variety of speaking and listening activities and games
- Learner self-assessment materials
- Reflection and goal setting activities
The Instructor Guide contains industry information, guidelines for workplace culture discussions, instructional notes, suggestions for activity adaptations and assessment rubrics. Permission to use granted by ATESL Resource Database and Alberta Initiatives Gallery.
This bank of “real world” assessments was developed by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s ESL program for use by ESL and LINC instructors. A user friendly website houses more than 300 ready-to-use assessment tasks. Search by CLB level (Literacy Foundation to CLB 7), skill (Listening, Speaking, Reading or Writing) and theme. The site is password protected; passwords are available through program administrators.
Password required: available through ESL and LINC Administrators and can be retrieved from tutela. For additional information email email@example.com
Free access (with password):
SPEAKING: The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks has provided several exemplars for speaking (from the CLB Support Kit). The webpage contains a series of short videos that demonstrate students speaking at CLB 1 – 12.
LISTENING: The link above also contains 29 exemplars for listening, however the links do not provide any benchmarks. The chart below will assist with aligning the exemplars to their associated CLBs.
This resource offers two sections that instructors might find useful: Mature Workers and Non-Regulated Skilled and Semi-Skilled Occupations.