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This informative and engaging multi-part workshop is designed to increase Adult Education (AE) teachers’ understanding of the needs of English learners (ELs) in the AE classroom and to provide practical strategies and resources to better address these needs.

Co-hosted by the SABES ESOL and ELA PD Centers.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult Education teachers who would like to better address the needs of the English learners in their classes

Integrating language and math skills with content instruction in the AE classroom can be a challenge at any time, but it can be particularly challenging when working with ELs who have transitioned to AE classes. This multi-part workshop will increase AE teachers’ understanding of the needs of ELs and provide practical strategies and resources to better meet these needs.

The workshop will help bring awareness to the particular language and cultural needs of ELs; develop teacher knowledge of key second language acquisition principles and teaching strategies; and guide teachers in applying these principles and strategies to more effectively support the ELs in the AE classroom.

While this workshop will focus primarily on how to successfully engage and support non-native English speakers, the strategies are adaptable and provide support for a variety of students in the AE classroom.  

This workshop is structured in a blended format, with three virtual sessions via Zoom and three self-directed modules on Blackboard. Following the second virtual session, participants will have time to apply strategies and techniques in their classes. The group will then reconvene via a final virtual session, during which they will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and reflections with their colleagues.

  1. Independent preliminary activities in Blackboard (10/26–11/2)
  2. First virtual session on Zoom (11/2, 3:30–5:00 p.m.)
  3. Independent activities in Blackboard (11/3–11/15)
  4. Second Zoom session (11/16, 3:30–5:00 p.m.)
  5. Classroom application and independent activities in Blackboard (11/17–11/30)
  6. Final Zoom session (11/30, 3:30–5:00 p.m.)

Please note: This course cannot be accessed from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the instructional needs of English learners in AE classrooms
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of how culturally shaped beliefs and ideas play a role in teaching and learning
  • Apply knowledge of key second language acquisition theories in the classroom
  • Incorporate both language and content objectives in lesson planning
  • Incorporate effective teaching and learning strategies to support language and math development
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
10/26/2021 - 8:00 am
11/02/2021 - 3:30 pm to 11/02/2021 - 5:00 pm
11/16/2021 - 3:30 pm to 11/16/2021 - 5:00 pm
11/30/2021 - 3:30 pm to 11/30/2021 - 5:00 pm
End Date

United States

PD Center
C&I PD Centers Collaboration
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners