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AMSSA Webinar: Unpacking LINC Placement, Delivery and Assessment

January 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This webinar will educate settlement and LINC staff on the roles of LINC assessors and the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) in LINC service delivery. The webinar will identify and extrapolate on the sequence of:

  • Placement assessment (CLBPT) in different regions
  • LINC classroom formative assessment
  • Summative assessment (PBLA) and
  • Official language testing for citizenship purposes.

The webinar will also distinguish the CLBPT from other IRCC testing methods including the Literacy Placement Tool Assessments (CLB-LPT, NCLC-OCA).

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (PST)

Register by clicking here. *Please note, the registration deadline is January 14, 2019.


Krista Walsh-Murray has been working as a project manager with the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) since 2012. Primarily, she oversees the Centre’s projects related to the development and implementation of CLB assessment tools and training. These include the CLBPT, CLBPT Remote, Literacy Placement Test and Milestones test. As part of CCLB’s collaboration with The Centre for Education and Training (TCET) on the new CLBPA placement test, she is currently overseeing the reading and writing development. Krista holds a Master of Education, TESL certification and has over 10 years of experience in the fields of ESL, settlement and employment services.

Vasso Vahlas has been operating the Surrey Language Assessment Centre since 2005. She was the LINC assessor for Northern BC from 1993 until her relocation to the Lower Mainland in 2000. As a partner in Anne Jeffrey and Associates in Prince George, Vasso worked on Canadian Job Strategies projects, targeting immigrant and mainstream displaced workers and developed the curriculum for employment search programs. She also took part in the production of Detailed Training Design for underemployed immigrants in Northern BC including the designing and development of the career exploration center. She is currently serving on the Settlement Language Working Group and the City of Surrey’s immigrant and refugee advisory committees. 

Marie Irving has close to two decades of teaching experience. Before moving to Vancouver Island, Marie worked at Langara College in Vancouver as an instructor in an academic English language program.  After moving to the Comox Valley, she was employed as a LINC instructor at North Island College and then hired in 2017 by the Immigrant Welcome Centre in North Vancouver Island to assist in creating their first-ever, newly funded LINC offering. Marie is the LINC Coordinator and Instructor for the Comox Valley branch, Lead Teacher for the organization, a certified CLBPT Assessor, and Team Manager and Community Liaison for the Comox Valley Branch.  Marie assesses approximately 30 newcomers per year.

Wes Schroeder has been an ESL instructor, coordinator and assessment specialist since 1979, having spent a number of years at the University of British Columbia English Language Institute and Vancouver Community College (VCC). He managed the first LINC assessment centre in Canada while at VCC and established Western ESL Services (LINC Assessment and Referral Centre) in 1992. Since then he has been responsible for eligibility determination, assessment and referral for approximately 200,000 LINC clients. He is certified by the CCLB as the national master and regional trainer for the CLBPT and for the speaking assessment of the Milestones Test.


January 15
10:00 am - 11:00 am





Ongoing Community Events / Programs

May 2019 Workshops – Coquitlam

April – June 2019 Family Resource Programs
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

10th Annual Hands-on Cook-off Contest
April 15 – May 15, 2019

Just PLAY! Family Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Fridays, May 3 – June 21 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Learning Circles Leadership Training
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Tuesdays, May 14 – July 2 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Frames Film Program – Learn Film Making for Free
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
Tuesdays, May 28 – August 13 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Parent Support Circle – Vancouver Spanish Evening Circle
Parent Support Services Society of BC & Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Every first & third Monday | 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Citizenship and Civic Engagement Course
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Microloans Program
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Finances for Newcomer Women with Children
Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Yarn Circle
Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Skills and Supports for JOB SUCCESS

Moving Ahead (Tri-Cities & Maple Ridge)

Income Assistance Outreach Tuesday
(First 3 Tuesdays every month)

Free Multicultural Peer Support Group – For Immigrant and Refugee Women

SOS Health and Settlement Orientation Group
ISSofBC – Settlement Orientation Services

After School Club!
Kamloops Immigrant Services

Welcoming Neighbours
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Family Support Worker in Your Neighbourhood
All families with children 0-5 years old welcome
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Food Security & Sustainable Living – Workshops and Potluck
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
First Tuesday of every month 

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants 
Accounting & Bookkeeping | Office Administration

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants
Burnaby & New Westminster

Refugee Training and Employment Program – BC Alliance for Manufacturing

Fast-track to IT (FIT)-Youth Program

Settlement Online Pre-Arrival Program 
For pre-landed immigrants to find and retain employment

HIPPY Program for Multicultural Parents

Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections Program (IWERC)

Family Literacy Outreach
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Infant Sing and Grow Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children 0 – 12 months old 

The Little House Family Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children 0-5 years old

West Village Family Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children birth to 6 years old

Baby Time Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Men’s Group
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Boys & Girls Soccer Training
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
Saturdays from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Parent & Grandparent / Kinship Support Circles in BC
Parent Support Services of BC

Community Adult Literacy Program – Free English Class for Job Seekers
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project

English Conversation Club