Ready-Made Lessons and Resources for LINC

Updated June 2016
Are you a LINC coordinator, program assistant, or teacher? We know that 2016 is a busy year for teachers of adult newcomers in Canada, and we think ESL Library materials can help your students become competent communicators in their new communities.

As many of our LINC subscribers have told us over the years, ESL Library has plenty of CLB-aligned lessons that can be used in the LINC classroom.

Hi! I’m a LINC teacher in Vancouver and I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your site!! It is so worth the money as your lessons are fantastic and have saved me so much time.

What is interesting is that they’re so much in the same style that I write my own (but much better—and I don’t say that lightly as I see almost no textbooks that have lessons that I don’t need to modify or change—yours are almost all perfect for my needs.)

There are clearly so many CLB-aligned lessons and so many that are on task. I’d love my colleagues to benefit from them as well.

—J. Mitchell

I teach LINC. Sign me up!

An ESL Library membership gives you access to every course in our library (800+ lessons) as well as thousands of flashcards. Those who teach various Canadian Language Benchmark stages, levels, and skills and those who teach multi-level classes will be glad to have access to so many resources in one place.

Canadian Language Benchmarks

The Canadian Language Benchmarks focus on community, study, and work-related tasks. Many of our courses offer CLB-aligned lessons that focus on these real-world tasks. Here are a few of the ESL Library course sections that LINC teachers rely on:

We also have courses that are useful for high-level Speaking benchmarks (CLB 6–10):

Our Writing in English section has been instrumental in filling the supplementary materials gap for EAP and Business English teachers. LINC teachers have also thanked us for these lessons:

Note: Our lessons currently filter by Beginner (Stage 1), Intermediate (Stage 2), and Advanced (Stage 3) levels. Canadian subscribers now have the option to filter by a more specific CLB range for some Courses. Edit your profile and check “Show CLB levels if available.”

Survival Skills

This recent Winnipeg Free Press article, which we discovered via a Tweet from a LINC teacher who subscribes to ESL Library, lists survival skills that teachers need to teach Syrian refugees. Our library offers ready-made lessons with audio on many of the mentioned topics (CLB 3–6):

We also have lessons that help newcomers integrate socially (CLB 1–4):

Portfolio-Based Language Assessment

Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires LINC teachers to use an integrated form of assessment called Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA). This type of assessment takes place regularly in class and is tracked in a student’s portfolio in order to determine the student’s CLB level. Each level requires 8–10 assessment items per skill.

PBLA is regarded by many as a more effective form of assessment than traditional quizzes and tests. It also makes it easier for students to transfer from one school to another. On the other hand, implementing PBLA requires a lot of extra work for teachers, and we’ve heard that many LINC teachers are scrambling to create their own tools and tasks.

At ESL Library, we’re working on developing assessment tasks and teacher tools to go with our existing and new lessons. We’re just getting started on some handy tools which you will find in our Resources section. Since first publishing these Resources, we’ve made a few tweaks thanks to the helpful feedback of our long-term LINC subscribers. Here are just a few examples.

We’re also starting to integrate PBLA Tasks and CLB Summaries into our lessons and Teachers’ Notes:

We’ve had some excellent feedback, and we’re working on another revision that will list the Skill Competencies beside each task in the Teachers’ Notes. (See Housing—log in and view the Canadian Teacher PDF for an example.)

Canadian Spelling

Canadian teachers have our LINC subscribers to thank for pushing us to develop lessons with Canadian spelling. Most of our NEW and updated lessons (200+) are now available in US or Canadian spelling. We are gradually adding this printing option to hundreds of other lessons. Teachers can also print a paper-saving student version (without the answer key).

Canadian Content

Even though the majority of our subscribers are American teachers, we are based in Canada. We have a Canadian team, and we are thrilled to offer Canadian content. Check out our O Canada Lesson Collection to see lessons that appeal specifically to Canadian teachers. We take requests!

A Free Listening Library for Students

If you haven’t discovered our weekly podcast for English learners, be sure to check it out today. All of our podcasts feature audio recordings (Canadian speaker) of ready-made lessons from our library. The audio is free for any student and can be streamed online or downloaded. Assign listening homework on a daily basis, and try our dictogloss suggestion!

Project-Based Learning

We recently attended a fantastic seminar by a long-term LINC teacher about project-based learning. The speaker mentioned that the hardest part about using projects in LINC classrooms is finding appropriate materials featuring real-world issues and tasks for teen and adult learners. We’ve had a lot of requests for ESL projects over the years, and we’ve finally added our first two projects.

Note: CLB Summaries will be added to all of these projects after we receive some feedback from our subscribers. 

LINC and Social Media

Are you on Twitter? Every second Tuesday, a special LINC chat takes place on Twitter. Moderators pose a series of questions, and participants can chime in or simply follow along. @ESLlibrary follows #LINCchat to learn as much as we can about the needs of Canadian teachers. Thanks to Twitter, we learned all about the BC TEAL conference that our team is attending this weekend. This PBLA Facebook Page has also been very helpful!

Thank you!

Our team would like to say a huge thank you to all of our Canadian subscribers and PBLA experts who have answered questions and offered feedback and suggestions to help us find out what LINC teachers want and need. If you are an ESL Library subscriber and you have special needs related to the specific program you teach, please let us know!

Tara and the ESL Library Team


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  1. Carol Fox says:

    Nov 08, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I’m a Canadian ESL instructor who is very happy to see the PBLA materials that are now available. I’m wondering if you may be working on PBLA leveled assessments to match your many practical topics. For example, you have an intermediate level lesson (CLB 4-5) entitled “Making Weekend Plans” and I thought it would be good to have task-based assessments with rubrics for listening and speaking (levels 4 and 5) that would fit with that lesson. I know that this is a lot of extra work but I’m sure that many instructors would appreciate your efforts. Just a thought…

    Thank you so much for your wonderful materials.

    • Tara Benwell says:

      Nov 08, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Carol! Thanks for your message. When we originally added PBLA tasks to our Everyday Dialogues section, we created generic assessment tools that teachers could personalize and placed them in our Resources section. However, we received many requests for ready-made rubrics. So, this is what we are doing now with new and revised lessons based on real-world tasks. We started with our Functional English section and are getting close to finishing those ones. When FE is all done, we’ll go back to Everyday Dialogues and integrate the tools for that section as well. Thanks for your encouragement and patience.

  2. Tara Benwell says:

    May 10, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Here is some feedback that we have received so far. A few changes have been implemented, and other changes are in progress. We learned a lot at the BC TEAL conference! Thank you to all of the LINC teachers and PBLA experts who answered our questions.

    1. Add Roman numerals to Skill Competencies in the Teachers’ Notes.
    2. Use descriptors of Profiles of Ability (rather than Can Do statements) in Teachers’ Notes (Can Do are intended for students).
    3. Add a Score field to the Assessment Tools in our Resource section. (We’ve also been asked to remove/reword the Score field because real-world tasks don’t receive scores. We compromised by offering two options that teachers can choose from.)
    4. Add visual support for low-level tasks and tools.
    5. Add a monthly goal-setting reflection form that students can fill out for theme-based learning.
    6. Add audio to Functional English section as is found in Everyday Dialogues section.

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