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How can we use the complex, real-world problems of twenty-first century  adult life to inform our instruction with adult learners? This session will explore how to work with learners on an array of problem-solving strategies to promote their language development and essential skills. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Instructors of all levels of adult ESOL, as well as adult education teachers and instructional leaders

This session will address the principles of problem-based learning (PBL) and provide opportunities to engage with this learner-centered approach step-by-step. Collaborating with colleagues, participants will identify the language strategies their learners need to support these steps: explaining an authentic problem scenario; researching, thinking through, and proposing solutions; identifying consequences; and applying a solution. The facilitator will share problem scenarios for different levels of language proficiency and demonstrate scaffolds and instructional strategies that help learners demonstrate their critical thinking when presenting solutions to a problem. Resources include materials from the national Teaching the Skills That Matter Toolkit

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Provide your students with the rationale for participating in problem-based learning (PBL)
  • Use the steps of the problem-solving technique to help learners work through a problem scenario
  • Locate and/or generate meaningful problem scenarios
  • Implement at least one scaffold and one instructional strategy to help students successfully engage with the PBL approach
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Attendees should have a basic knowledge of Zoom features and breakout rooms.

12/08/2021 - 2:00 pm to 12/08/2021 - 3:30 pm

United States

PD Center
C&I PD Centers Collaboration
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
Civics and Citizenship
Curriculum Development
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners