Based on research from the Center for Applied Linguistics, this online blended workshop focuses on four elements of vocabulary instruction and how to incorporate them into your ESOL teaching practice. A major focus will be on practical applications for in-person and online classrooms.

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:

  • ESOL teachers at all levels

In this online blended workshop, you will explore the four key elements essential to vocabulary instruction and learning in the ESOL classroom. These elements, identified through research by the Center for Applied Linguistics, are word consciousness; selective, targeted instruction; vocabulary-building strategies; and metalinguistic awareness. Through experiential activities, you will analyze how students learn new words in English. You will learn how to identify words for instruction and how to design and deliver effective vocabulary practice activities for both in-person and online classes, as well as how to integrate vocabulary instruction into your ESOL unit and lesson planning. 

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.edu 

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify four key elements of effective vocabulary instruction
  • Create language-rich environments and practices that promote word consciousness
  • Select vocabulary words to target for direct instruction
  • Teach and reinforce word learning strategies that inspire student curiosity and increase student metalinguistic awareness
  • Develop a comprehensive approach to vocabulary instruction
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Ability to participate in Zoom virtual sessions

04/24/2023 - 8:00 am
05/01/2023 - 2:00 pm to 05/01/2023 - 4:00 pm
05/08/2023 - 2:00 pm to 05/08/2023 - 4:00 pm

United States

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