Offer a CELPIP Preparation Program

The CELPIP Preparation Program has been designed to prepare students for individual components of the CELPIP Tests and includes four skill modules: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Students can put together their own personalized programs by selecting one or more of the stand-alone skill modules.

This licensed program includes exclusive use of student workbooks and instructor guides to match each skill module. Designed to be used together, the student and instructor materials are intended as the basis for your CELPIP classes. Lesson plans, media files, and homework assignments are all included!

To support instructors who will be delivering the CELPIP Preparation Program, an online instructor training course taught by a CELPIP expert will be offered. The training features insights into each test component, an explanation of the Performance Standards, and tips for teaching test preparation.

To apply to offer Paragon’s CELPIP Preparation Program, please fill out and submit the form below. If you have additional questions about the CELPIP Preparation Program, please contact us at prepprograms@paragontesting.ca.

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Program Curriculum

Listening Module Syllabus

Lesson Focus Skills
L1
  • Listening Test, Part 1

 

  • Question types
  • Introduction to test-taking strategies
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building
L2
  • Listening Test, Part 2
  • Listening Test, Part 3
  • Establishing context
  • Note-taking strategies: Location and time
  • Note-taking strategies: Main ideas and supporting details

 

L3
  • Listening Test, Part 4

 

  • Using abbreviations for note-taking
  • Synonyms
  • Note-taking to record facts
L4
  • Listening Test, Part 5

 

  • Visual clues
  • Relevant vs. irrelevant information
L5
  • Listening Test, Part 6

 

  • Recognizing facts and opinions
  • Differentiating between summaries and paraphrases
  • Identifying pros and cons
L6
  • Practice Listening Test
  • Test review and error analysis
  • Course review
  • All Listening Test skills

Reading Module Syllabus

 

Lesson Focus Skills
R1
  • Overview of the Reading Test

 

  • Active vs. passive readers
  • Previewing, skimming, and scanning
  • Getting meaning from context
  • Eliminating wrong answers
  • Improving your reading speed
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building
R2
  • Reading Test, Part 1

 

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Synonym-matching pair work activity
  • Timed reading
R3
  • Reading Test, Part 2

 

  • Understanding coherence and applying logic
  • Locating specific information
  • Recognizing a writer’s purpose and tone
  • Timed reading
R4
  • Reading Test, Part 3

 

  • Understanding paragraph components
  • Identifying main ideas in paragraphs
  • Timed reading
R5
  • Reading Test, Part 4

 

  • Understanding meaning based on context
  • Eliminating wrong answers
  • Identifying viewpoints
  • Fact or opinion
  • Timed reading
R6
  • Practice Reading Test
  • Test review and error analysis
  • All Reading Test skills

Writing Module Syllabus

Lesson Focus Skills
W1
  • Overview of the Writing Test

  • Understanding performance standards
  • Precision and meaning
  • Identifying common errors
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building
W2
  • Writing Test, Task 1

 

  • Writing emails
  • Email conventions: Greetings, openers, closers, and sign-offs
  • Tone and register
  • Indirect questions
W3
  • Writing Test, Task 1

 

  • Email format
  • Paragraphing
  • Introduction
  • Synonyms
  • Avoiding repetition
  • Time sequencers
W4
  • Writing Test, Task 2

 

  • Note-taking
  • Expressing an opinion
  • Using conjunctions
  • Supporting details
W5
  • Writing Test, Task 2

 

  • Transitions
  • Concluding sentences
  • Timed writing
  • Peer feedback: Identifying common errors
W6
  • Analysis of sample responses
  • Practice and peer feedback
  • Test and individual feedback sessions

 

  • All Writing Test skills

Speaking Module Syllabus

Lesson Focus Skills
S1
  • Overview of the Speaking Test

 

  • Understanding performance standards
  • Review of speaking skills
  • Developing ideas
  • Introduction to vocabulary-building
S2
  • Speaking Test, Task 1
  • Speaking Test, Task 2

 

  • Organizing your thoughts
  • Giving advice
  • Using WH questions for narratives
  • Time expressions
  • Transitions
S3
  • Speaking Test, Task 3
  • Speaking Test, Task 4

 

  • Prepositions of location
  • Describing details
  • Practice: Describing and making predictions
  • Making predictions from a scene
S4
  • Speaking Test, Task 5
  • Speaking Test, Task 6

 

  • Choosing, comparing, and persuading
  • Inflection and intonation
  • Giving effective reasons
S5
  • Speaking Test, Task 7
  • Speaking Test, Task 8

 

  • Stating an opinion
  • Weak vs. convincing reasons
S6
  • Analysis of sample responses
  • Practice and peer feedback
  • Test and individual feedback sessions

 

  • All Speaking Test skills

Program Details

Each CELPIP Program Preparation Centre determines the fees of their CELPIP Preparation Program and registers their students accordingly. The Student Workbooks and Instructor’s Guides, which were exclusively developed for this use, are the core materials of the program. However, each CELPIP Preparation Centre may choose whether or not to include the supplementary program materials in their program structure.

PROGRAM MATERIALS

Core Program Materials for Instructors

  • Instructor’s Guide (for each module they are teaching)
  • Digital media resources

Core Program Materials for Students

  • Student Workbook (for each module they registered for)

Supplementary Program Materials

  • CELPIP Study Guide: Listening and Speaking
  • CELPIP Study Guide: Reading and Writing
  • Vocabulary Skills

PRACTICE TESTS

The preparation program can be used with either the CELPIP-General Practice Tests (Set 1) or the provided paper-based practice test.

Student Assessment

STUDENT LEVELS

The CELPIP Preparation Program is designed for students with high beginner to intermediate levels of English. To determine student language levels, centres may choose to use their own intake assessment tools or this free online diagnostic tool: www.clb-osa.ca.

ASSESSMENT

Each centre may choose to set their own standards for assessment. An example formula is provided in the Instructor’s Guide for each module. Templates for tally sheets and report cards are also included in the Instructor’s Guides to help instructors track student performance, compile grades, and provide feedback at the end of each module.

 

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