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This is a helpful collection of introductory videos that explain key concepts from the Massachusetts ESOL Professional Standards for Adult Educators. Each video is 8–15 minutes long and provides essential foundational knowledge aligned to the standards:

  • Standard 1 (Principles of Second Language Acquisition): How Do Adults Learn English? Introduction to Theories and Theorists
  • Standard 2 (Component of Language): From Class to Classify: Elements of Effective Vocabulary Instruction Parts 1 and 2
  • Standard 3 (Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching): Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching in Adult ESOL
  • Standard 4 (Curriculum and Instructional Planning): Using Backward Design to Develop Unit and Lesson Plans
  • Standard 5 (Assessment): The Purposes and Benefits of Assessment
  • Standard 6 (Instructional Delivery): Best Practices in Adult ESOL Instruction
  • Standard 7 (Professional Growth): ESOL Teachers' Professional Growth
Topic Area
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
Curriculum Development
Digital Literacy
ESOL/English Learners
New Staff
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Resource Type
PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Action Type