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LINC Primer – Workshop Series

S.U.C.C.E.S.S., North Road Site | Saturday October 14 | 9:00 – 3:00 pm

Have you considered teaching LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)? Are you interested in working with immigrants and refugees, but want to understand more about LINC before taking the leap? Whether you are just beginning your EAL career, or are a seasoned instructor, this one day opportunity (three 1.5 hour modules) will provide a basic understanding of the key components of the LINC classroom that you need to know.

Trainer Lisa Herrera is a settlement language, Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) expert. With her three-pronged approach, you will review the basics of LINC instruction and receive a BC TEAL Certificate of Participation for this one-day course (includes an outline of the course components). See “latest updates” for more information.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 to 3:00 pm (one hour for lunch, Lougheed Mall is across the street)
Venue: S.U.C.C.E.S.S. North Road, 435 B North Road, Coquitlam (Cariboo Centre – 5 minute walk from the Lougheed Town Centre Skytrain Station)
Registration Timeline: RSVP requested by October 9, 2017.
Cost: BC TEAL members $60; non-members $75

Lisa Herrera  taught in the ELSA/LINC program for 15 years before becoming the Lead Instructional Coordinator for the LINC program at ISSofBC. Currently, she is also a Regional Coach for the national implementation of Portfolio Based Language Instruction (PBLA) in LINC, as well as an expert panelist on language assessment for Paragon Enterprises (CELPIP, CAEL), and a CLB Lead Trainer for the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks. Lisa has a Masters degree in Educational Administration from UBC.


There is no schedule for this conference now.

Teaching EAL in the national English language training program LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) is different than teaching English in an international or public school context.  LINC is deeply aligned to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and focuses on helping learners to immediately use real life language in community and workplace oriented tasks.  LINC has also recently adopted Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) as a mandatory assessment method delivered by teachers in the classroom as part of teaching.

If you have experience teaching EAL to international students, switching to LINC without knowing what it involves can feel like a career change. If you are just beginning your career teaching EAL and are attracted to the challenges and many, many rewards of teaching immigrants and refugees in the national program, it is important to have a basic understanding of the key components to LINC so as to approach the job knowledgeably and not be overwhelmed.

The Primer for New or Prospective LINC Teachers workshop series provides an overview of three key LINC components: settlement language, CLBs, and PBLA.  The Primer will not take the place of the CLB bootcamp and introductory PBLA training offered by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, but will provide you with a better understanding of what is involved in LINC and what you can do to prepare for a career in the national English language training program.  Each 1.5 hour section will provide information, a chance to work with the knowledge in ways applicable to LINC, and, where possible, a list of resources to follow-up for further learning.

Section 1: An Introduction to Settlement Language

Explores the types of topics covered in LINC and provides an overview of the expected task-based approach.  Methodology, suitable materials, and challenges to be aware of (such as teaching literacy and being sensitive to the experiences of refugees) when delivering settlement language training are covered.

Section 2: An Introduction to Using CLBs for Teaching and Assessment

Explores how to understand and use the CLB document for planning and assessment in LINC.  A copy of the CLB document is useful to bring but is not necessary (excerpts for groups to work with are provided).

Section 3: An Overview of PBLA

Outlines the key concepts of PBLA and explores some key resources such as the online Emerging Practices Guidelines.  Learn how to start when thrown into the deep end without training!

S.U.C.C.E.S.S., North Road Site 435B North Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9

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