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Canadian Language Benchmarks Online Self-Assessment . AGENDA. AGENDA. Introductions What is it? Project History Objectives Overview Intended Users Technical Requirements Timelines Promotional Material Test Screen Shots. WHAT. WHAT.

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canadian language benchmarks online self assessment
Canadian Language Benchmarks

Online Self-Assessment

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AGENDA

AGENDA

  • Introductions
  • What is it?
  • Project History
  • Objectives
  • Overview
  • Intended Users
  • Technical Requirements
  • Timelines
  • Promotional Material
  • Test Screen Shots
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WHAT

WHAT

  • The online tests are task-based, self-assessment instruments based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks
  • Assesses the two language skill areas of Reading and Listening
  • The tool assesses English and/or French proficiency on a scale from Benchmark 1 to 9
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HISTORY

HISTORY

  • 2004 - Feasibility Study for Online test development
  • Findings: No computer adaptive testing available for low stakes purpose
  • Proposed Concept: Web-based, low-stakes language assessment tools based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)
  • A partnership was formed between The Centre for Education & Training (TCET) and the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)
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HISTORY

HISTORY

  • English and French online self-assessments were developed:
  • The Canadian Language Benchmarks – Online Self-Assessment (CLB-OSA.ca)
  • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens – Autoévaluation en Ligne (NCLC-AEL.ca)
  • First Project involved development and piloting in Canada and Offshore (Japan, China and India)
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HISTORY

HISTORY

  • Piloting involved testing:
    • Functionality of test on and offshore
    • Accessibility, ease of navigation
    • Clarity of instruction, ease of access to support materials
    • Delivery/technical requirements
    • Pilot test results were compiled, report submitted, and test was shelved
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HISTORY

HISTORY

  • In 2008, awarded the contract implement the
  • CLB-OSA.ca and NCLC-AEL.ca Nationally.
  • Website and content were adjusted according to the previous project’s report and recommendations
  • The applications were piloted across Canada and offshore (China, India), and the site was launched live
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CURRENTLY

CURRENTLY

  • The tests are live online and accessible by all
  • To date:
  • Over 3000 registered users
  • Contract pilot target 480; piloted to over 1000
  • Marketed to over 200 organizations across Canada
  • Links to Settlement.org, CCLB, Citizenship & Immigration Canada
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CURRENTLY

CURRENTLY

  • 2009 – Awarded a new contract to further develop and implement the assessments Nationally and Internationally until 2011
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OBJECTIVES

OBJECTIVES

  • Nationally and Internationally implement the tool in English and French
  • Develop, pilot and implement new forms of the test
  • Provide information to users regarding:
    • language proficiency
    • training/accreditation requirements in Canada
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OBJECTIVES

OBJECTIVES

  • Provide information to:
    • newcomers, settlement workers, immigration information counsellors, educators, etc.
  • Evaluation of the usability and effectiveness of the tools and support resources
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OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

  • Provides users with access to a proficiency determination tool that is: self administered, easy to use, CLB based, provides immediate results
  • Provides a general indication of English/French language proficiency
  • Tests areas of Reading and Listening measured on a scale from Benchmark 1 to 9
  • Results provided in a range of three levels (1-2-3; 7-8-9)
  • Provides links to valuable resources
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OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

  • Resources Provide:
  • Information by province about the CLB
  • Information about language training across Canada
  • Information about language proficiency level requirements in Canada for immigration, post secondary studies, professional programs, employment, etc.
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INTENDED

USERS

  • Newcomers and prospective immigrants
  • Adult learners of English and/or French
    • in training, educational and workplace centres in Canada and abroad
  • Instructors and trainers of adult learners of English and/or French in Canada and abroad
  • Counsellors of prospective immigrants and Newcomers to Canada
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TECHNICAL

REQUIREMENTS

  • To use the online assessment website, computers and Internet browsers should meet the following minimum requirements:
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www.languagetest.ca

www.testdelangue.ca

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Click on the Benchmark levels to read a brief description of each Benchmark.

Click on the Province/Territory and find out more information about the Canadian Language Benchmarks, assessments offices and other related links.

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SURVEYS

SURVEYS

  • Demographic data and Feedback from test-takers is presently being collected through on-line surveys through
  • All data will be compiled and analyzed to further develop and implement the test
  • A future survey is being developed as part of the application
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Developed by:

Funded by:

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Contact Info:

  • Gillian Kearns
  • gkearns@tcet.com
  • or
  • clb-osasupport@tcet.com
  • Daphné Blouin-Carbonneau
  • dbcarbonneau@language.ca
  • or
  • support@nclc-ael.ca