Welcome to the Pre-Intermediate Level Class (CLB 3-4): Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment

Over the coming months, we are going to be giving you an inside look at the people, programs, and facilities that make up who we are and what we do. Today, we are excited to give you a glimpse at our Pre-Intermediate Level Class (CLB 3-4): Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment.

The class currently contains 14 students, with ages ranging from 19-40, with different experiences and levels of familiarity with the English language. 13 of the 14 students are from Syria and are native Arabic speakers, while 1 of our students is a native Russian speaker. The class consists of 7 men and 7 women, and the passion our students have to learn is matched only by their warmth and willingness to make learning fun.


After completion of the class, the students receive a CLB 4 certificate and have a few options where they can continue their language-learning journey:

Option 1 – LINC KEYS Option 2 – ESL Program at Limestone Community Education Option 3 – ESL Program at Loyola Adult and Continuing Education Option 4 – ESL Program at St. Lawrence College (for a fee)

Students can also apply for Canadian Citizenship if they meet their minimum residency obligation (the 3-year requirement)!


Our wonderful instructor, Nataliya, explains the ins-and-outs of the educational approach in this class:

“This class provides language instruction that facilitates newcomers’ social, cultural and economic integration into Canada. The instruction approach is learner-centered and is competency/task-based.

The course covers 12 themes underlined in the LINC Curriculum Guidelines that are relevant to newcomers’ settlement and integration into the community. Instruction is delivered through a variety of skill-building and real-life (skill-using) language learning tasks that address a variety of learning styles and incorporate four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This integrated skills class combines language competencies with the vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and Canadian culture as well as computer-assisted language learning.

In addition, the class provides an opportunity to develop basic computer skills such as Internet browsing, email and Microsoft Office Word.

Learners communicate within common, predictable, non-demanding contexts with the focus on basic needs, common everyday activities, and familiar topics of personal relevance.”


For more information or to register for any of our classes, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.

Stay tuned for our next profile!