ISSofBC ELSA teachers among lead trainers on new CLB kit

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) credited two ELSA employees as lead trainers to instruct teachers in BC on the latest version of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) framework.

Lisa Herrera, ELSA Instructional Coordinator and Diana Ospina, ELSA instructor are two of five ELSA teachers in BC chosen by CCLB to instruct teachers on how to use the updated CLB.

“Having two ISSofBC employees chosen to teach teachers on the updated CLB framework is validation that we [ISSofBC] have reputable expertise in using CLB in the ELSA program,” Lisa said.

CLBs are the national standard used for describing, measuring and recognizing the English language proficiency of adult immigrants living and working in Canada. The updated CLB includes a more user friendly Theoretical Framework Document and Support Kit.

In order to make the CLB a practical, usable document, the competencies and standards had to be considerably compressed and simplified, the CCLB website states.

In addition to training ISSofBC teachers on the updated CLB, ELSA Net (a society of ELSA service providers) which is assisting in faciliating CLB changes in the classrooms, plans to send the pair to other institutions to share their expertise.

Lisa’s first training session is on April 5 in Surrey.

Employees of SUCCESS, Camosun College on Vancouver Island and ELSA Net are among others accepted as lead trainers in the province.

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