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Come see how to scaffold learning so that ALL learners can have success with complex tasks regardless of their English proficiency levels! Scaffolding includes building on learners’ prior knowledge, promoting supportive classroom interactions, providing language supports and tools, and assessing when learners are ready to move to the next level of complexity. The examples of scaffolding techniques for beginning through advanced English learners enable participants to consider the applications to their settings. 

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 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult ESOL teachers
  • Anyone serving English learners in Adult Education

Part of creating an optimal learning environment in adult ESOL classes is challenging learners with rich content and tasks that represent the demands they face outside of our classrooms. This can sometimes be challenging for teachers in multilevel classes, a reality of just about every English language program, where learners have varying levels of readiness for complex classroom tasks. In this session, we explore the many ways that we can scaffold classroom activities in both online and in-person environments to provide learners with the support they need to complete complex tasks. We see how to build on learners’ prior knowledge, promote supportive classroom interactions among learners, and provide a variety of language support and tools to ensure success for learners with varying backgrounds, levels, and needs. We will provide examples of scaffolding techniques for beginning through advanced English learners so participants can consider applications to their settings.

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 

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify ways to scaffold complex, classroom tasks by building on learners’ prior knowledge, creating supportive interactions, and providing language supports needed for success
  • Apply a process of scaffolding with instructional tasks from your own setting
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
04/06/2023 - 1:00 pm to 04/06/2023 - 3:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
Curriculum Development
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners
Learning Disabilities / Differences
MA ELPS (Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards)
Self-Paced Monthly Offering