Language is the Key

Language is the Key

The Canadian Language Benchmarks Model

Edited by: Monika Jezak

136 Pages · 9x6 · June 6 2017

Paper ISBN: 9780776625836

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The CLB/NCLC success was dependent on many factors—outstanding work by leading Canadian scholars; steady commitment of the government and non-governmental stakeholders at the federal, provincial, and local level; and, last but not least, unconditional commitment and caring on the part of an invested community of practice. Language is the key covers a range of topics: historical and political context that lead to the development of the Canadian standards, their current positioning in global educational markets, as well as their research and teaching cultures.

This edited volume provides a comprehensive overview of recent and ongoing projects and of CLB- and NCLC-related materials, tools and resources for teaching and assessment. Finally, it offers a bold outlook, proposing various scenarios to branch out beyond these benchmarks into the domains of higher education, essential skills, literacy, workplace training, as well as international and indigenous languages. The 20th anniversary of the CLB/NCLC provides an opportunity to reflect on the scope and importance of this exceptional Canadian intellectual product.

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Le succès du NCLC/CLB repose sur plusieurs facteurs – le travail extraordinaire d’éminents universitaires canadiens; l’engagement continu de la part des parties prenantes gouvernementales et non gouvernementales aux paliers fédéral, provincial et local; et, enfin, un engagement inconditionnel de la part d’une communauté de pratique qui s’y est investie.

Cet ouvrage collectif aborde une gamme de sujets : le contexte historique et politique qui a mené à l’élaboration des normes canadiennes, leur positionnement actuel dans le milieu éducatif mondial, et les cultures de recherche et d’enseignement.

L’ouvrage propose un survol des projets récents et en cours de même que du matériel, des outils et des ressources d’enseignement et d’évaluation issus des NCLC/CLB. Il offre une vision d’avenir audacieuse qui entreverrait l’application de ces normes aux domaines de l’enseignement supérieur, des compétences essentielles, de la littératie, de la formation en milieu de travail, de même que des langues étrangères et autochtones. Le 20e anniversaire du NCLC/CLB est l’occasion parfaite de réfléchir à l’étendue et à l’importance de cet exceptionnel produit intellectuel canadien.

FOREWORD 
Monika Jezak, University of Ottawa 
 
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION 
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) – Canadian language framework in the era of glocalization Monika Jezak, University of Ottawa and Enrica Piccardo, University of Toronto, OISE 

CHAPTER 2 
Design-based research methodology for establishing the common theoretical framework and the CLB/NCLC scales Monique Bournot-Trites, University of British Colombia 

CHAPTER 3 
Teaching and assessment with the CLB: Teacher experiences and perspectives Eve Haque and Antonella Valeo, York University 

CHAPTER 4 
Teaching and assessment: Using the CLB in a range of contexts under the stewardship of the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks Anne Senior, ASTEC Inc., Specialist Consultant CCLB 

CHAPTER 5 
NCLC in minority settings: Past and future projects Élissa Beaulieu, CCLB and Morgan Le Thiec, Université du Québec à Montréal, Consultant CCLB 

CHAPTER 6: CONCLUSION
Building the bridge to the future: Potential contribution of the CLB and the NCLC Samira ElAtia, University of Alberta, Campus Saint Jean