LIT2T Leadership Guide

18 TO: TABLE OF CONTENTS 4. LINC COURSEWARE 4.1 Overview The LINC courseware is integrated into the LINC educational structure as illustrated by the integrated gear model below. The courseware is a product of years of development of foundation resources, documents and policies. The CANADIAN LANGUAGE BENCHMARKS (CLB) is the national standard used in Canada for describing, measuring and recognizing the English language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada. The Benchmarks describe language tasks that people can perform in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The CLB document was updated in 2012, so the LINC courseware is aligned with the Canadian Language Benchmarks published in 2000. The LINC CURRICULUM GUIDELINES assist instructors and administrators with program planning by providing ideas for curriculum content that are consistent with the Canadian Language Benchmarks. The Guidelines are learner-centred and task-based and meet the objectives of the language training program. These objectives provide language instruction that facilitates social, cultural and economic integration into Canada. There are two distinct forms of the LINC Curriculum Guidelines: LINC levels 1 – 5 (2002) and LINC 5-7 (2007). These documents are not intended to dictate syllabus content; instructors may choose and use strategies and suggestions based on the requirements and the goals of their learners. The LINC Curriculum Guidelines are available to language training instructors and administrators through an assortment of sources including and the Settlementatwork. org wiki. IRCC has selected a developer and will be funding an update to the Curriculum Guidelines. Work on the new guidelines has begun and as more information about them become available, the LINC courseware will be aligned with the new National Curriculum Guidelines and PBLA. Work on developing a new National LMS has also begun. This new NLMS will include e-portfolios for learners and a portal with a single log in that integrates Tutela, the LMS and an automated courseware builder. The LINC CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES BOOKS were also written based on the LINC Curriculum Guidelines (2002, 2007), adherence to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (2000), and survey results based on the needs of LINC instructors and classroom experience. The LINC Classroom Activities resources, including audio listening activities, are available for LINC levels 1 through 7. The documents are accessible in digital format. • LINC 1-4 ( ) • LINC 5-7 ( ) Building upon this foundation, the LINC E-ACTIVITIES OR LEARNING OBJECTS were created to extend the learning opportunities in language training centres. The e-learning objects are related to the activities in the LINC Classroom activities resources. These learning objects meet 4.1 Overview 4.2 LINC Courseware Attributes and Benefits 4.2.1 Blended Approach 4.2.2 Interconnected with LINC Classroom Activities 4.2.3 Plug and Play 4.2.4 Archived on 4.2.5 Safe, Collaborative Learning Environment 4.2.6 Independent Learning Activities 4.2.7 Flexible Learning Opportunities 4.2.8 Badges 4.2.9 PBLA Support 4.2.10 Anytime, Anywhere Access & Bring Your Own Device BYOD 4.2.11 Mobile App 4.3 Better Practices for Teaching and Learning 4.4 Courseware Testimonials