Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for ALL
Date posted: February 16, 2015
The Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for Adult Literacy Learners (ALL) is the newly-released update of the CLB 2000: ESL for Literacy Learners.
The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) framework is a descriptive scale of language ability in English as a Second Language (ESL), containing 12 benchmarks or reference points, from basic to advanced. Within the CLB framework, this document addresses the needs and abilities of adult ESL Literacy learners. Most government funded Adult ESL classes in Canada are referenced to the CLB and adult ESL learners are placed on the CLB scale using a CLB‐based assessment instrument. However, when adult ESL learners who lack literacy skills are placed on the scale, they require unique supports as they gain the ability to communicate in an additional language. The purpose of this document is to describe the needs and abilities of adult ESL Literacy learners, and to support instructors in meeting their learning needs.
This resource can inform classroom instruction, observation of progress, and curriculum development across a range of educational contexts. In addition to CLB benchmark information, it provides ideas for approaches and supports when working with ESL adult learners with literacy needs.