Canadian Language Benchmarks

Canadian Language Benchmarks 2012 Framework for Adults

For more information and to see the rest of the Benchmarks, go to the above link. We will be using the CLB Benchmarks extensively in our class projects

The Canadian Language Benchmarks 2012: English as a second language for adults provides a set of descriptors of what learners can do with English at various levels, expressed as 12 benchmarks for each of the four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The purpose of the CLB is to describe accurately where the learner's ability to use English places him or her within the national descriptive framework of communicative language.

The CLB describe a person’s ability to use the English language to accomplish a set of tasks at 12 Benchmark levels, in four language skill areas:

* Listening
* Speaking
* Reading
* Writing

Each Benchmark contains:

* A global performance, or a short Benchmark performance profile
* Four selected competencies in social interaction, instructions, suasion and information
* Examples of communication tasks that may be used to demonstrate the required standard of proficiency