The SABES PD Center for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is based at Quinsigamond Community College and Holyoke Community College. Our center provides high-quality professional development to ABE practitioners on topics related to working with adult ESOL students. For more information, please contact our director, Dori McCormack, at or 413-552-2393.

ESOL: Upcoming Events

This workshop guides you through a curriculum development process using a systematic approach to instructional planning that builds on the...
In this participatory workshop you will develop instructional units using the Backward Design approach, which aligns desired learning outcomes, assessment,...
In this participatory workshop, you will apply the backward design approach and use an ESOL lesson plan template to create...

ESOL: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Resource 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...
Research The ESOL Standards - An Overview
This video, developed by SABES, provides a quick overview of the ESOL standards and benchmarks for programs in Massachusetts. 
Resource 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...

ESOL: Our Team

Coordinator of Instructional Technology
Administrative Assistant