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In this two-hour Zoom session, participants learn how to strengthen English learners’ reading skills in the virtual classroom by transferring close reading instruction and paired and jigsaw reading tasks to the virtual environment.

Please note: This course will take place in Blackboard where you will find all virtual session information, course materials, and additional resources. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive an email with further instructions as the course date approaches.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers of all proficiency levels who are familiar with basic Zoom features

Reading instruction and the virtual classroom are well matched. Close reading is enhanced by teachers’ and learners’ access to a wide array of texts, as well as the ability to zoom out and zoom in on a text, look up vocabulary, and use Zoom’s annotation tools (on both computers and mobile devices). A variety of reading tasks, such as jigsaw, paired, or popcorn reading, are also transferrable to the virtual classroom by using breakout rooms and other tools. This session models these strategies for effective reading instruction and gives participants opportunities to explore ways to apply them to their own classes.

This session is part of a series on language skills instruction in the virtual classroom. Sessions are offered on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. The other sessions in the series are:

  • Write Away—Nov. 16
  • Speak Up—Nov. 30
  • Listening In—Dec. 7
    Learning Objectives

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

  • Provide English learners with instruction in a variety of close reading strategies
  • Ask text-dependent questions that allow English learners to locate responses in the text
  • Conduct a jigsaw and/or paired reading task using the steps modeled in the session
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Participants should be familiar with the basic Zoom features.

11/02/2022 - 2:00 pm to 11/02/2022 - 4:00 pm

United States

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