CLB, LINC & PBLA Updates for Canadian Teachers

Hey, Canadian teachers!

It has been a while since we’ve updated you on our progress related to CLB alignment and PBLA integration. We’ve been working away at your requests and wanted to share some updates since our last post.

English for Newcomers

The first four lessons from our NEW Business English course for Canadian newcomers are now available on ESL Library. English for Newcomers (EFN) was designed specifically for Canadian newcomers looking for work (CLB 4–6). Each lesson includes ready-made assessment tasks and tools. A variety of skill competencies are covered. The first four lessons in this section are for CLB 4.

The next four lessons in this course will be for CLB 5 (to be followed by four more lessons for CLB 6). Watch for an upcoming CLB 5 lesson about networking.

If you have tried our EFN lessons in the past, please make sure to print the latest versions (now with assessment tasks).

Note: Your ESL Library My Account settings must be set to Canadian to see this course. If you are a subscriber outside of Canada and want to preview/use this course, simply change your settings for access.

Word Bank

Our new Word Bank (WB) section was designed to help fill the needs of many subscribers who require basic vocabulary worksheets for literacy students and absolute beginners. Teachers can pick and choose which parts of the lesson are suitable for their students. Here are a few examples:

Note that many of our related Flashcard sets were also updated while developing the WB section:

Functional English

We are gradually updating our Functional English (real-world, task-based) lessons to align them with the CLBs. We’re also adding PBLA tasks and tools to our updated lessons (as we have already done with our Everyday Dialogues section). Here are some recent revisions:

We’re also adding new lessons to this section, including some higher-level lessons for CLB 6+. Here are some recent additions:

Note: Audio recordings of the dialogues are coming soon!

Assessment Tools

After the initial release of our ready-made assessment tool templates, many teachers asked for two things: 1) editable fields, and 2) integrated ready-made rubrics (within lessons). We have addressed both of these requests. The following assessment tools are now editable:

Our updated lessons now feature integrated assessment tools, so teachers don’t have to print a separate form from the Resources section (though many teachers still prefer to create their own using our blank templates). Here are some examples:

In the Works

In addition to updating our Functional English section and adding to English for Newcomers and Word Bank, we are also working on a few requests related to LINC themes:

  • Lesson Collections based on LINC themes that aren’t already available (Community, Banking, etc.)
  • LINC-themed listening resources based on everyday questions newcomers encounter (Coming soon!)

This week we’ll be meeting with a few school boards in Toronto, and next week we’ll be attending TOSCON#17 at the University of Toronto. Hope to see a few of you there for some live demos!

Cheers,
Tara & the ESL Library Team

PS. Please make sure that your My Account preferences are optimized for Canadian users. Here is a demo video that will help you find our CLB-aligned lessons and PBLA materials.

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