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This three-part workshop explores ESOL instructional practices that maximize learner interaction and communication at all levels of language proficiency. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Novice and experienced ESOL teachers who are interested in expanding their repertoire of communicative classroom activities and classroom management techniques

The face-to-face session explores ESOL instructional approaches that maximize learner interaction and communication, foster language development and independent language acquisition, and prepare learners for their next steps beyond the ESOL classroom. You will practice a variety of strategies and techniques, such as:

  • Building from a controlled, structured practice to more independent authentic language use
  • Facilitating small-group work that cultivates a cooperative learning environment
  • Managing a multilevel class

Next, in the online companion course facilitated by the workshop presenter, you will focus on applying new strategies and techniques to your teaching practice and then reflect on your experiences. The companion course includes additional resources, teacher demonstration videos, a forum to ask questions (and have them answered), and a discussion board to share ideas with colleagues. A minimum of one post and two replies in the companion course is expected.  

The final session (about a month after the workshop) is a one-hour webinar, in which you will share a strategy or technique that you’ve been applying in your teaching practice; receive feedback, guidance, and information from the facilitator and colleagues; and plan next steps to further refine your practice.

To receive credit for this professional development activity, participation in all three of the following components is required:

  1. Face-to-face session: September 22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (5.5 hours)
  2. Online companion course: September 22–October 20 (1.5 hours)
  3. Webinar: October 20, 9–10 a.m. (1 hour)

Professional development hours: 8

An additional time commitment of approximately two hours is expected for the application of learning to your teaching practice. For more information, please contact Dori McCormack at

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Plan language learning activities that build from controlled, structured practice to communicative and real-life application
  • Use scaffolding techniques to increase learner autonomy, reinforce language skills, and build confidence
  • Identify and select grouping strategies (i.e., individual, pair, or small group) that are appropriate for the level and objectives of the lesson
  • Implement classroom management techniques that articulate expectations for classroom behavior and address lesson pacing, multilevel needs, and problem solving

Before attending any workshop on the ESOL Professional Standards, you are encouraged to watch the online presentation Introduction to the Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL and to attend the workshop Standard One: Principles of Second Language Acquisition. You can register for both presentations through the SABES Calendar.

09/22/2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
World Education - Boston
44 Farnsworth St. Room 9C
Boston, MA
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Topic Area: 
College and Career Readiness
ESOL/English Language Learner
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