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TRANSITION TO LINC IN MANITOBA
LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FOR NEWCOMERS TO CANADA
mea slo!
• On September 16, 2014 Manitoba SPOs received a letter from Nita Jolly
explaining the transition process to LINC
• MEALO can help SPOs to comply with the new requirements
QUICK LINC FACTS
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Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
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The French language version is called CLIC (Cours de
langue pour les immigrants au Canada)
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LINC and CLIC are offered in all Canadian provinces
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LINC is a brand name that describes settlement focused
ESL classes
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Provides free basic French and English language courses
to adult permanent residents
QUICK LINC FACTS
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LINC was created in 1992. Its mandate is to provide basic language instruction to adult
newcomers in both official languages and to facilitate the settlement and integration of
immigrants into Canadian society
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The LINC program originally included levels 1-3. In 1997 it expanded to include levels 4 + 5
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In August 2001, CIC contracted the Toronto Catholic District School Board to combine the
the two existing curriculum guidelines and make them consistent with the new CLBs
(Canadian Language Benchmarks 2000)
IS IT DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE DO NOW?
• Probably not much different – settlement topics, “survival”
English
• Central assessment and referral
• Uses the CLBs
• Uses the Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA)
• Need to issue a certificate with CLB levels
EXAMPLE OF LINC CURRICULUM
WHERE TO FIND LINC RESOURCES
LINC PROGRAMS MUST...
Be preceded by a placement assessment based on the CLBs
Follow the NLPPG
Be based on the CLB Framework
Be guided by the LINC, or provincial CLB curriculum guidelines for newcomers
Be led by a qualified teacher ***
Be concluded with a CLB assessment
MINIMUM STANDARD FOR LINC TEACHERS
*** CICs minimum standard for LINC Teachers is that “individuals delivering the
training must be qualified, i.e. trained in Canada, to teach English as a second
language.”
Many Manitoba SPOs hire Teachers who have qualifications from a TESL Canada
recognized institution.
In Manitoba, TESL Canada recognizes the following TESL training institutions:
Assiniboine Community College
 Providence University College & Seminary
 University of Manitoba
 University of Winnipeg
FIND A COMPLETE LIST OF TESL CANADA RECOGNIZED TESL
TRAINING PROGRAMS – WWW.TESL.CA
OTHER
• Change from EAL to ESL
• Shift in interpretation of CLB based assessment results
from use of “Beginning, Developing, Completing” to
“Completed”
• Literacy Placement to only be done by WELARC not by
individual SPOs
NLPPG
Do Manitoba SPOs need to use the National Language Placement and
Progression Guidelines under the LINC program?
Yes. CIC developed the NLPPG for assessors, instructors and coordinators working in the
context of CIC-funded language training programs to ensure a nationally consistent
interpretation of CLB/NCLC results from placement tests, in-class assessments, and highstakes tests. The NLPPG were established based on a consensus reached among
language experts, practitioners and government representatives from across Canada on
how CLB/NCLC-based language assessment results should be articulated and
interpreted.
The NLPPG apply in all jurisdictions where federally-funded settlement services are
delivered. By November 1, 2014, all Manitoba SPOs are expected to use these
guidelines.
The NLPPG are available on Tutela at https://tutela.ca/ViewContentItem?itemId=10418
(English) or at https://tutela.ca/ViewContentItem?itemId=10419 (French).
NLPPG continued
When transitioning to the NLPPG, how should Manitoba SPOs/teachers place
or assess students who were previously placed or assessed based on the
“working within” (beginning, developing and completed) interpretation?
First, CLB/NCLC results assigned through a placement test or through an in-class assessment that was
based on the ‘working within’ interpretation should not be modified retroactively. However, as
Manitoba programs transition to the NLPPG, a teacher teaching a class focusing on CLB 3
competencies, for example, may have in her/his class:
1.
Students with placement assessment results of L3 S3 R3 W3 who were placed (based on the
‘working within’ interpretation) in a class focusing on CLB 3
based on the NLPPG, this student is actually now ready to start working on CLB 4 competencies;
2.
Students assessed by their last teacher at L3 S3 R3 W3 and who are placed (based on the
‘working within’ interpretation) in a class focusing on CLB 3;
based on the NLPPG, these students need to complete CLB 3;
3.
Students placed based on the NLPPG’s ‘completed’ interpretation of their L2 S2 R2 W2
placement assessment results, i.e. students ready to start working on CLB 3 competencies.
In all these cases, the teacher’s aim will remain the same – to help students increase their language
proficiency levels, whatever these are. At the end of the term, the teacher will assess the student’s
language proficiency and assign, for each skill, the benchmarks for which the student will have
achieved and demonstrated most or all (70-100%) of the competencies.
NEW LINC CERTIFICATE
Why do CIC funded SPOs in Manitoba need to issue
LINC certificates in addition to progress reports?
• LINC certificate is the only official certificate of achievement for
LINC
• Needed as proof of language requirement for citizenship
• As of November 1, 2014, LINC certificates must be issued by
Manitoba SPOs
• Progress reports are a good communication tool between teachers
and students
NEW LINC CERTIFICATE
PBLA
When will Portfolio-Based Language Assessment be
implemented in Manitoba?
• January/February 2015
• Training for Lead Teachers (1 LT per 10 classroom
teachers, minimum of 1 LT per SPO)
• CCLB will co-ordinate the training
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More info?https://tutela.ca/ViewContentItem?itemId=10177
HOW CAN MEALO HELP?
• Match administrators to share information
• Gather your questions and ask for answers from CIC, post
and share information with all members
• Find out the answers to some things that are still unclear:
What about ESP programs? Do we still have to issue a
standardized progress report?
• Will our current foreign trained teachers be
“grandfathered”?

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