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In this two-part workshop on Zoom, you will explore best practices for teaching beginning English learners in a remote learning context. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers of beginning-level English learners

During two 90-minute sessions hosted on Zoom, this workshop will focus on best practices in teaching beginning English learners: culturally responsive community building, meaningful content and context, scaffolding, differentiation, formative and summative assessment, and release of responsibility for learning.  This workshop will explore how we can grow those practices in synchronous and asynchronous remote instruction by using a variety of media and platforms (Zoom, WhatsApp, and the U.S. Postal Service). This workshop suggests an open and curious "beginner's mindset" as we expand our remote teaching toolbox. 

Please note: You will access Zoom and other support materials via Blackboard. You cannot access this online course through the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and Zoom session. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam folder and/or email

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify appropriate digital tools based on EL student accessibility and skill level
  • Recognize and expand your best remote teaching practices for:
    ○ Cultivating a culturally responsive community
    ○ Creating meaningful content and context
    ○ Scaffolding & differentiation
    ○ Formative & summative assessment
    ○ Release of responsibility
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Familiarity with basic Zoom features

10/19/2021 - 3:00 pm to 10/19/2021 - 4:30 pm
10/26/2021 - 3:00 pm to 10/26/2021 - 4:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
ESOL/English Learners