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Canadian Language Benchmarks

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Needs assessment

Goal setting


Speaking 3 Speaking 8

I can say a few simple sentences about I am comfortabletopics: my aboutfamily, familiar, everyday speaking work, almost any topic that comes up in normaletc. daily activities, health, the weather, conversationsimple questions with single I can answer in social situations or at work. or short sentences. words I can ask for help or permission. I can manage a conversation, check comprehension, encourage others and I can ask short, routine questions. handle minor conflicts. and ‘today’, but I use words like ‘yesterday’ I don’t alwaysaddress large groups tenses. I am able to use the correct verb or participate in group discussions. feelings. I know a few words about health and I can give basic familiar topics at both I can speak on information about familiar concrete such abstract levels (15or 20 subjects, and as family, weather - daily minutes). activities. I can present information, give instructions, propose sentences, for I can connect parts of and recommend. I can provide ‘and’ and ‘but’.opinions and example, with descriptions, explanations. I can synthesize abstract complex ideas and hypothesize. Reading 3questions, analyze and compare I can ask information in understand a short story I can read and order to make decisions. I have an expanded inventory of concrete, or simple news item. idiomatic and conceptual language. 1 – 5 I can follow simple instructions with People rarely have trouble understanding steps when there are pictures to help me me. understand. I am comfortablethe weather. phone. I can read about talking on the I can understand a store flyer and make a list of key points. I can read words I know in a new context. I can sound out words in English. Notes can read some new words. I

Listening 3 Listening 8

I know when a greeting is formal or When someone is speaking, I can informal. understand the main points, details, I can understand short sentences when purpose, and attitude. I can recognize you speak slowly. different levels of formality. I can understand questions about myself. I can understand some technical I can understand instructions including conversations, especially about my line of place and measurements. work. follow directions in the street. I can I can understand abstract and complex I can get the most important words in ideas on a familiar topic. a story. I recognize other people’s moods,me for I understand when a person asks attitudes and feelings. something. I can understand many local idioms and I have trouble understanding people on expressions and can follow detailed the phone. stories of general interest. I can follow detailed and extended instructions if they are clear and coherent. Writing 3 understand phone messages, I can usually I can on unfamiliar,note or message. even write a short non-routine subjects. I can write short, simple sentences about my family or a familiar place. I can fill in a short, simple form. I can write an invitation. I can write a greeting. I can copy information from lists or schedules. I can describe my daily routine.

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