In this two-hour interactive Zoom session, ESOL instructors explore ways to transfer and transform effective, evidence-based, and engaging in-person instructional routines to the virtual learning 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 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 instructors of all language proficiency levels
  • ESOL instructors with a Zoom account and basic understanding of the Zoom platform (See prerequisites below)

In this highly interactive workshop on Zoom, you will explore several effective instructional routines that readily transfer from the in-person to the virtual classroom and back again. During the session, you will identify how instructional routines support your ESOL learners’ language development and how the remote environment can transform those routines into opportunities for even greater skill development including digital literacy. The routine use of evidence-based activities and tasks ensures that learners develop language strategies and critical thinking, collaborationand other essential skills. You and your colleagues will explore these routines and Zoom tools:

  • Gathering and reporting data (using breakout room interviews and Google Sheets)
  • Brainstorming, categorizing, and ranking information (using Zoom tools and Padlet)
  • Small group discussions (using breakout rooms and discussion templates)

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues teaching the same ESOL level to adapt one of the routines for your learners.

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:

  • Identify ways to use Zoom features and mobile-friendly EdTech tools to support your students’ language strategies and digital literacy skills
  • Adapt one or more instructional routines for your students using basic Zoom features
  • Apply high-leverage practices in Zoom breakout rooms that foster learner agency and build digital resilience
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
  • A Zoom account 
  • Familiarity with basic Zoom features on both computers and smartphones
03/15/2023 - 2:00 pm to 03/15/2023 - 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