On September 27, 2017, a group of students currently enrolled in a local college’s TESL training program visited ACHĒV for a morning. The students were invited to participate in a pilot testing of a new component for the Canadian Language Benchmarks Online Self-Assessment tool. The day started with an information session providing an overview of ACHĒV’s core programs and services. Guest speakers from LINC Home Study, Language Assessment Centre, and Language Assessment and Support Services provided useful insights into their areas of work describing their roles and providing useful advice. The goal of the info session was not only to introduce ACHĒV ‘s programs and services but also to get TESL Trainees to start thinking about careers beyond traditional classroom teaching that might be available to TESL trained individuals within ACHĒV’s Language Services.
Following the information session, TESL students learned about a Canadian Language Benchmarks Online Self-Assessment tool and, at the same time, participated in a pilot testing of a newly developed Reading assessment form. The data input provided by the TESL Trainees will inform future development of the Canadian Language Benchmarks Online Self-Assessment.
Testimony from the TESL Training Supervisor:
thank you very much for providing this opportunity to our students. This experience has provided them with a better understanding of the assessment tool. The information session was also very good in demonstrating that there are a variety of career paths for TESL Ontario certified teachers than the traditional classroom teaching and as they gain experience over the years. The thank you letter and gift card was a thoughtful and generous token of appreciation at the end which all students and I also greatly appreciate in return.
It was a wonderful and valuable experience.
The Canadian Language Benchmarks Online Self-Assessment tool can be found here: https://clb-osa.ca/home
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