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

This workshop is co-hosted by the SABES ESOL and ELA PD Centers.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult Basic 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 ABE classroom can be a challenge at any time, but it can be particularly challenging when working with English learners who have transitioned to ABE classes. This multipart workshop will increase ABE 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 particular language and cultural considerations; 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 ABE 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.  

This workshop is structured in a blended format, with two virtual sessions via Zoom and two self-directed modules on Blackboard. The first session is self-paced and provides foundational information that will prepare participants for the first virtual session. Following the first 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 and facilitators.

  1. Independent preliminary activities in Blackboard (3/1 – 3/8/2023)
  2. First virtual session on Zoom (3/8/2023 3:30–5:30 p.m.)
  3. Classroom application and independent activities in Blackboard (3/8/23 – 3/22/23)
  4. Final Zoom session (3/22/23, 3:30–5:30 p.m.)

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

Follow-up coaching is available through SABES to support you in integrating new tools and strategies into your teaching practice. To arrange a coach, please contact the PD Center Director,  for ESOL - Dori McCormack at dmccormack@edc.org; for ELA - Evonne Peters at evonne_peters@worlded.org


    Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the instructional needs of English learners in ABE classes
  • 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)
03/01/2023 - 8:00 am
03/08/2023 - 3:30 pm to 03/08/2023 - 5:30 pm
03/22/2023 - 3:30 pm to 03/22/2023 - 5:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners