English vs. work in the first year

Rates of advancement to be expected from English language courses; the value of achieving higher CLB levels; countering a desire to drop formal English instruction; use of video to monitor progress; opportunities to practice English with a newcomer at home and to improve English on the job.

Canadian Language Benchmarks

The Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) provides a common assessment method for individuals who are learning English as a second language. This post discusses their purpose and the means of assessment. It explains the classification of 12 benchmarks into three stages and provides a link to “Can Do statements”, in terms of listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities.

Employment-related language training

A guide to learning work-specific English at the various CLB levels and for various occupations.

Specialized English work vocabulary – Landscaping

Ideas on how to help newcomers learn landscaping terminology, with a list included of work-related vocabulary, organized by category (Digging tools; Gardening tools; Construction hand tools; Shears & pruning hand tools; Large power tools; Heavy equipment; Other equipment; Safety equipment and clothing; Snow & Ice-related; Striking tools; Wheelbarrows & yard carts; Fasteners; Construction materials & parts, etc.)