In this workshop, participants will learn effective strategies and techniques for teaching English grammar in meaningful, authentic contexts.

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 a separate email one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam folder and/or send an email to nruskin@edc.org


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Instructors of English learners at all levels

In this experiential learning workshop, ESOL instructors explore techniques to contextualize grammar instruction in meaningful content and maximize students’ practice and use of new language and forms. The facilitators share a variety of ways teachers can present targeted grammar points that align to the MA ELPS; create activities for ample student practice and authentic language use; and promote students’ metalinguistic awareness through reflection and analysis. Through two facilitated virtual sessions and two self-directed online modules, this professional development opportunity models a gradual release of responsibility of learning. It includes a combination of presentation, exploration, and reflection, as well as hands-on practice and application in the ESOL classroom.

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

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Contextualize grammar lessons in meaningful content
  • Gradually release the responsibility for learning grammar to students
  • Design activities to maximize student practice and meaningful use of grammar forms
  • Promote students’ metalinguistic awareness
  • Outline a contextualized grammar lesson with workshop elements for in-person or remote instruction
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Ability to participate in Zoom virtual sessions

03/03/2023 - 8:00 am
03/10/2023 - 1:00 pm to 03/10/2023 - 3:00 pm
03/24/2023 - 1:00 pm to 03/24/2023 - 3:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Team
Topic Area
Curriculum Development
ESOL/English Learners
MA ELPS (Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards)
Social Studies