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Appropriate Use of TCET Assessment Tools

The Centre for Education and Training endorses the use of its assessment tools (CLBA/CLBA-LL/ELTPA) as a standardized measure of a client's proficiency for the purpose of initial placement in government-funded or other recognized English language training programs. Use of the CLBA/ CLBA-LL/ELTPA or partial use of the assessment tools for other than identified appropriate uses is not authorized or condoned by the Centre for Education & Training.

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Link to ASSESSMENT CENTRES ACROSS CANADA

LINKS TO CIC PROVINCIAL WEBSITES

Assessment Locations in Canada

The CLBA, CLBA-LL and ELTPA are administered by certified assessors in Language Assessment and Referral Centres across Canada.

Training and support is also specifically offered in Ontario.  For Language Assessment Support Services in Ontario, please visit this link.

Please note:  TCET strives to keep the following contact information current.  Agencies may contact us directly to provide updates.

ALBERTA

Calgary

ILVARC
1401, 910-7th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3N8
P: (403) 262-2656
F: (403) 294-1173

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Edmonton

LARCC
10709-105th Street
Edmonton, AB T5H 2X3
P: (403) 424-3545
F: (403) 424-7129

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Lethbridge

Southern Alberta Language Assessment Services (SALAS) Ltd
315 B 530 Eighth Street South
Lethbridge AB T1J 2J8
P: (403) 328-4811
P: 1-800-329-4811
www.salasltd@telus.net
Dr. Lucille M. Prindle, Owner/Assessor

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Medicine Hat

Karen Ziemann Consulting
1657-31 Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8J9
Karen Ziemann, Assessor
P: (403) 527-5062
F: (403) 529-1545

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Red Deer

C.A.R.E.
202-5000 Gaetz Ave.
Red Deer, AB T4N 6C2
P: (403) 346-8818
F: (403) 347-5220

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Kelowna

Citizenship & Immigration
202-1635 Abbott St.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1B2
Tricia Chmiel
P: (250) 862-3659
F: (250) 861-8694

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Surrey

ELSA/CLBA Testing Centre
#202-7337-137 Street
Surrey, BC V3W 1A4
Vasso Vahlas
P: (604) 507-4150
F: (604) 507-4155

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Vancouver

Western ESL Services
395 West Broadway, Suite 102
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1A7
Wes Schroeder, Manager
P: (604) 876-5756
F: (604) 876-0134

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NEW BRUNSWICK

Fredericton

University of New Brunswick
English Language Program
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3
Anna Maria Robinson, Coordinator
P: (506) 453-3564
F: (506) 453-3578

Citizenship & Immigration Canada
77 Westmorland Street, Suite 380
Fredericton, NB E3B 6Z3
P: (506) 452-4081
F: (506) 452-2405

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Saint John

Saint John YMCA/YWCA
19-25 Hazen Ave.
Saint John, NB E2L 3G6
P: (506) 646-2389
F: (506) 634-0783

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NEWFOUNDLAND

St. John’s

Association for New Canadians
P.O. Box 2031
St. John’s, NL A1C 5R6
Frank Gough, Assessor
P: (709) 726-6848
F: (709) 754-4407

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Citizenship & Immigration
P.O. Box 13667
St. John’s, NL A1B 4G1
Marlene Holden
P: (709) 772-5521
F: (709) 772-2929

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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Yellowknife

Aurora College
Bag Service 9700
Yellowknife, NWT X1A 2K3
Deb Simpson, Director
P: (403) 920-3034
F: (403) 920-2226

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NOVA SCOTIA

Halifax

Language Assessment Services of Nova Scotia
6169 Quinpool Road, Suite 221
Halifax, NS
B3L 4P8
(902) 431-8675
www.lasns.info

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Dartmouth

Itinerant Centre– actual assessments take place off-site
Metro-Region Immigrant Language Services
136 Pinecrest Drive
Dartmouth, NS B3A 2J9
Anne Kelly, TIE Coordinator
P: (902) 464-2032
F: (902) 464-2828

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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Charlottetown

Association for Newcomers to Canada
P.O. Box 2846
179 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 8C4
Lorraine Beck
P: (902) 628-6009
F: (902) 894-4928

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Citizenship & Immigration Canada
134 Kent Street, Suite 410
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 8R8
Asifa Rahman
P: (902) 566-7738
F: (902) 566-8355

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SASKATCHEWAN

Regina

Canada Immigration Centre
Assessment Centre
415-2045 Broad Street
Regina, SK S4P 3T7
P: (306) 780-7786
F: (306) 780-8745

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Saskatoon

Citizenship & Immigration
415-101 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0E1
Lynda McPhee
P: (306) 975-4619

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Services NLATS (Canada)

National Language Assessment Training Services is responsible for providing the following services:

  • Assessor Training
    • Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA)
    • Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment for Literacy Learners (CLBA-LL)
    • Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (ELTPA) (6 – 10)
  • Assessor Recertification and Recalibration
    • Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA)
    • Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (ELTPA) (6 – 10)
  • Input to Guidelines for Language Assessment Centres in Canada and Updates
  • Information Resource Services for Assessors and Coordinators
  • Training and Assessment Materials
  • Distribution of CLBA/CLBA-LL Assessment Forms

Currently, training is available to assessors of government-funded adult ESL programs throughout the country which meet the standard requirements. In some regions, additional restrictions may apply. TCET strives to offer cost-efficient training sessions to assessors across Canada. As training requests are handled on an individual basis, the cost of training will be determined by the number of trainees attending the session and the location of the session. Please contact us for a customized quote.

Contact NLATS

Jennifer Tanudjaja - Project Manager

National Language Assessment Training Services (Canada)

50 Burnhamthorpe Road W, Suite 410
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 3C2
Canada

P: (905) 949-0049 Ext 1224
F: (905) 949-6636
Email: Jennifer Tanudjaja

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National Language Assessment Training Services: Criteria for Candidates

Criteria for Candidates for Assessor Training

After July 1, 1998 all applicants seeking status as licensed sites for CCLB - recognized assessment instruments are responsible for ensuring that candidates for CLB assessment instrument training demonstrate competencies in six core areas. More specialized criteria may be applied to some CCLB-recognized assessment instruments. Criteria for candidates relate to the following areas:

1. Adult Second Language Acquisition

All assessors using CCLB-recognized assessment instruments should demonstrate:

  • theoretical understanding of and practical experience working with appropriate stages of the Canadian Language Benchmarks and the Canadian Language Benchmarks for ESL literacy learners

2. Assessment in Adult ESL

All assessors using CCLB-recognized assessment instruments should have:

  • theoretical and practical experience in assessing second language proficiency
  • an ability to comment orally and in writing on the effectiveness of client’s communication

3. Cultural Sensitivity

All assessors using CCLB-recognized assessment instruments should:

  • have knowledge of factors that may affect client performance in testing situations
  • be sensitive to diverse needs of clients
  • demonstrate tact, diplomacy and respect when dealing with clientele

4.  Interview Skills

All assessors using CCLB-recognized assessment instruments should:

  • demonstrate effective listening and elicitation strategies
  • demonstrate level-appropriate speech for clients with language proficiencies covering all stages of the CLB 2000
  • demonstrate awareness of educational counselling principles

5. Decision-making Skills

All assessors using CCLB-recognized assessment instruments should:

  • demonstrate the ability to make appropriate assessment decisions in the absence of clear indicators
  • demonstrate the ability to apply policies and procedures effectively
  • demonstrate use of personal judgment to effectively use CCLB-recognized instruments

6. English Language Proficiency

All assessors using CCLB-recognized assessment instruments should:

  • demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English

Eligibility

Please note that assessor training is not offered to individuals.  Requests for assessor training must be received from a sponsoring organization/centre.

National Language Assessment Training Services: ELTPA Training

The Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (Benchmark 6-10), or ELTPA (6-10), is a low-stakes assessment tool for placing adult newcomers, mostly internationally trained professionals and trades people, in Enhanced Language Training programs.  As the ELT programs deliver work-oriented language training, the Assessment focuses on evaluating language skills representative of those required in work or work-readiness settings.  The ELTPA (6-10) is referenced to the Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000 and is a task-based instrument addressing a range of genres and themes. The assessment distinguishes communicative competence in four skill areas across a range of abilities from Benchmark 6 and below (6-) to 10 and above (10+).  As no distinctions are drawn in proficiency levels at Benchmark 6 or lower, it is recommended that the ELTPA be used for assessment of those candidates whose language skills have been evaluated through prior CLB testing to be at Benchmark 6 or higher.

ELTPA training provides:

  • 1.5 days of trainer-facilitated intensive instruction, skill application and coaching
  • instruction in test administration protocol
  • review of interview skills, with a focus on enhanced language clients
  • analysis and scoring of case studies
  • application of learned skills through practice interviews with candidates whose language skills have been evaluated through prior CLB testing to be at Benchmark 6 or higher
  • ELTPA (6 – 10) certification
  • a ELTPA (6 – 10) kit for certified candidates
  • additional ELTPA (6 – 10) material as developed (e.g. test revisions/updates)

Assessor Training Eligibility

Candidates for ELTPA training must have prior certification in CLBA or CLBPT. 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.

 

 

National Language Assessment Training Services: CLBA-LL Training

The CLBA-LL is a new procedure that combines elements of both CLBA and the former CLBLA.

The Canadian Language Benchmarks for Adult Literacy Learners document published in 2016 introduced a new scale for the measurement of literacy ability. The scale aligns literacy benchmarks with ESL benchmarks so clients can be placed accurately and served appropriately in the classes that are available to them.

Because literacy placement test results must now be based on the client's ability to perform literacy tasks in English, the CLBLA can no longer be used in its original design as a measure of first-language literacy. For this reason, a new procedure known as CLBA-LL has been designed to utilize elements of the CLBA and CLBLA to determine an appropriate benchmark for a client.

 

Included in CLBA-LL Training:

  • 1.5 - 2 days of trainer-facilitated intensive instruction, skill application and coaching
  • Instruction in test administration protocol
  • Review of interview skills, with a focus on literacy clients
  • Analysis and scoring of case studies
  • Application of learned skills through practice interviews with literacy clients
  • CLBA-LL certification
  • A CLBA-LL kit for certified candidates
  • Additional CLBA-LL material as developed (e.g. test revisions/updates)

Assessor Training Eligibility

Candidates for CLBA-LL training must have prior CLBA certification. 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.

National Language Assessment Training Services: 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.

The CLBA:

  • Is 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

CLBA training provides:

  • 5 trainer-facilitated days of 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 CLBA kit for certified candidates
  • additional CLBA material as developed (e.g. test revisions/updates)
  • invitation to future CLBA professional development workshops/seminars (For Funded Programs)

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.

About the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB):

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are the national standard used in Canada for describing, measuring and recognizing the English language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada.

The CLB is a descriptive scale of communicative proficiency in English as a Second Language, expressed as benchmarks or reference points. Benchmarks provide a framework of reference for learning, teaching, programming and assessing adult English as a Second Language in Canada, and a national standard for planning second language curricula for a variety of contexts and a common “yardstick” for assessing the outcomes. 

The CLB was developed under the sponsorship of Citizenship and Immigration Canada and provincial governments of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.

NLATS (Canada)

National Language Assessment Training Services (NLATS) provides support to all Language Assessment and Referral Centres across Canada by coordinating and providing functional guidance and training, program delivery materials and tools, and sharing information and best practices. Our ultimate objective is to ensure that newcomer clients receive accurate language assessments and referrals in accordance with the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

The Centre for Education & Training is the only provider of assessor training in CLBA, CLBA-LL and ELTPA. TCET has provided assessor training to new employees of Language Assessment Centres since 1996. TCET also provides recertification and recalibration.

Services

National Language Assessment Training Services is responsible for providing the following services:

  • Assessor Training
    • Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA)
    • Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment for Literacy Learners (CLBA-LL)
    • Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (ELTPA) (6 – 10)
  • Assessor Recertification and Recalibration
    • Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA)
    • Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (ELTPA) (6 – 10)
  • Input to Guidelines for Language Assessment Centres in Canada and Updates
  • Information Resource Services for Assessors and Coordinators
  • Training and Assessment Materials
  • Distribution of CLBA/CLBA-LL Assessment Forms

Currently, training is available to assessors of government-funded adult ESL programs throughout the country which meet the standard requirements. In some regions, additional restrictions may apply. TCET strives to offer cost-efficient training sessions to assessors across Canada. As training requests are handled on an individual basis, the cost of training will be determined by the number of trainees attending the session and the location of the session. Please contact us for a customized quote.

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Government of Saskatchewan
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Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
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Employment Ontario
Government of Saskatchewan
Toronto Employment & Social Services
Service Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Region of Peel
Ford Toronto Area Ford Dealers
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Jobillico
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