Come see how to scaffold learning so that ALL learners can have success with complex tasks regardless of their English proficiency level! Scaffolding includes building on learners' prior knowledge, promoting supportive classroom interactions, providing language supports and tools, and assessing when learners are ready to move to the next level of complexity. Examples of scaffolding techniques for beginning through advanced English learners will be provided, and participants will consider applications to their settings.
- Adult ESOL teachers, but anyone serving English learners in Adult Education would benefit
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
Part of creating an optimal learning environment in adult ESOL classes is challenging learners with rich content and tasks that represent the demands they face outside of our classrooms. This can sometimes be challenging in multilevel classes, a reality of just about every English language program, where learners have varying levels of readiness for complex classroom tasks. In this session, we will explore the many ways that we can scaffold classroom activities in both online and face-to-face environments in order to provide learners with the supports they need to complete complex tasks. We will see how to build on learners' prior knowledge, promote supportive classroom interactions among learners, and provide a variety of language supports and tools to assure success for learners with varying backgrounds, levels, and needs. Examples of scaffolding techniques for beginning through advanced English learners will be provided, and participants will consider applications to their settings.
- Identify ways to scaffold complex classroom tasks by building on learners' prior knowledge, creating supportive interactions, and providing language supports needed for success
- Apply a process of scaffolding with instructional tasks from your own setting
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to: