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Assessment Tools - CLBA Training

The CLBA is used to determine a newcomer's English language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing at various stages of development.  The CLBA is an assessment tool rather than a traditional test.  Its purpose is to help place language learners in instruction programs appropriate for their level of competence in English.

Features of CLBA

  • A task-based assessment instrument 
  • Assesses English proficiency on the scale from Benchmark 1 to Benchmark 8 
  • Assesses English Listening/Speaking through one-on-one interviews 
  • Assesses Reading by means of responses to short answer/multiple choice questions 
  • Assesses Writing by means of authentic, life-applicable tasks 

Included in CLBA Training

  • 4-5 days of trainer-facilitated intensive instruction, skill application and coaching 
  • Instruction in test administration protocol 
  • Instruction in language elicitation interview techniques 
  • Instruction in analysis and scoring of CLBA Listening/Speaking, Reading and Writing test instruments 
  • Application of learned skills through practice interviews with ESL students and through study and scoring of authentic test samples 
  • CLBA certification 
  • A new CLBA kit for certified candidates 
  • Additional CLBA material as developed (e.g. test revisions/updates) 
  • Invitation to future CLBA professional development workshops/seminars

Assessor Training Eligibility

All candidates for training must meet the Criteria for Candidates for Assessor Training. Candidates and their sponsoring organization/centre will be held responsible for ensuring that all terms and conditions of CLBA use are adhered to, as described in the Agreements.

 

Employment Ontario
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Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Toronto Employment & Social Services
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Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Employment Ontario
Service Canada
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Toronto Employment & Social Services
ScotiaBank
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration