ESOL: All Resources, Research and Curriculum

English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education
The English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education, released by OCTAE in October 2016, were written to ensure that adult English Language Learners receive the focused and effective instruction they need to access states’ academic content standards. To that end, the ELP Standards...
The ESOL Standards - An Overview
This video, developed by SABES, provides a quick overview of the ESOL standards and benchmarks for programs in Massachusetts.
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What is Backward Design?
Chapter 1 of Understanding by Design , by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, neatly summarizes the backward design approach to instructional planning and examines each of its three components: Identifying desired results Determining acceptable evidence Planning learning experiences and activities This...
ESOL Lesson Plan Template
This template is an optional, but useful, resource when writing an ESOL lesson plan.
Civics It Up!
This website is an instructional tool primarily for teachers of Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE), but it is useful for anyone teaching civics. The purpose of the site is to help teachers plan and implement instructional units and lessons that integrate language learning with...
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Meeting the Language Needs of Today's Adult English Language Learner: Companion Learning Resource
Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learner: Companion Learning Resource includes examples of approaches, strategies, and lesson ideas for more engaging, rigorous, and effective English language acquisition instruction. There are also numerous links to websites, videos,...
Meeting the Needs of Today's English Language Learner
Written by Betsy Parrish, this Issue Brief makes the case for increasing the rigor in adult ESOL instruction at every level. It outlines key areas that need to be included in adult ESOL programs to promote learner success in today's world: academic language, listening and reading strategies to...
Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL - What ESOL Instructors Need To Know and Be Able To Do
The Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult Speakers of Other Languages outline what teachers of adult English language learners need to know and be able to do. The standards were developed collaboratively over a two-year period with considerable input from Massachusetts adult...
ESOL Unit Plan Template
This template is a guide to planning an instructional unit for ESOL. While the format may be changed, the individual elements shown in the template must be included in your unit plans. A unit plan is an elaborated, more detailed version of the unit outlined in your scope and sequence.
ESOL Scope and Sequence Template: Updated
Note: Programs do not need to re-do scope and sequence work that has already been completed using earlier versions of this template. The format of this template may be adapted to program needs as long as an introduction to the scope and sequence and all of the elements in the left-hand column of...