CLBEnglish

English as a Second Language

Canadian Language Benchmarks

The CLBs are the main levels of English assessment in Canada (the table below provides comparative measures). These courses introduce students to the concepts of the English language required for daily life, the workplace, and further education. These courses focus on the four main components of language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • CLB 1/2; 3/4: These courses introduce the basic structure of the English language.   
  • CLB 4/5; 5/6: These courses continue to build on the fundamentals of the English language and begin to develop higher level concepts and vocabulary.  
  • Length: Each course generally runs 12-weeks; or one semester.
  • Entrance Requirement: Students write an entrance exam to determine their level. In general, 70% in the current course is required to advance to the next level.
  • Advancement: Students are able to challenge the level exam to advance after 8-weeks in each level.


English Level Comparisons

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CELPIP General

These courses prepare students for the CELPIP General exam directly by practicing exam material. These courses focus on the four main components of language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The most important element is that students do testing material similar to the exam. 

  • CLB 5/6: These courses focus on preparing students for this level by practice of Reading parts 1/2; Listening parts 1/4; and basic writing and speaking responses.
  • CLB 7/9: These courses focus on preparing students for this level by practice of reading parts 3/4; Listening parts 5/6; and higher level writing and speaking responses.
  • Length: Each course generally runs 12-weeks; or one semester.
  • Entrance Requirement: Students write an entrance exam to determine their level. In general, 70% in the current course is required to advance to the next level.
  • Can be used for Immigration Purposes; Permanent Residence
  • Accepted by some educational institutions (Norquest College; Concordia University)

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CELPIP LS

These courses focus on preparing students for the CELPIP LS, which can be used for citizenship. These courses focus on the four main components of language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. However, The most important element is that students will do test material for achieving a minimum of CLB 4 required for citizenship.

  • CLB 3/4: Introduction to basic English language grammar and vocabulary.
  • CLB 4/5: This course maintains its focus on language building for CLB 5. It introduces some real exam material.
  • Length: Each course generally runs 12-weeks; or one semester.
  • Entrance Requirement: Students write an entrance exam to determine their level. In general, 70% in the current course is required to advance to the next level.
  • Advancement: Students are able to challenge the level exam to advance after 8-weeks in each level.

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