ESOL instructors support their multilingual learners’ speaking skill development across a wide range of scenarios—from in-person and virtual conversations to asynchronous presentations. This workshop explores how scaffolded instruction and edtech routines fuse the language and digital literacy skills learners need to improve their oral and online communication in the workplace and in the community.

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 at all levels of language proficiency

In today’s world, digital literacy and traditional literacy are inextricably woven together, creating a complex tapestry of communication. For the multilingual learner, being digitally fluent is a necessity on par with mastering English language skills. This workshop focuses on fusing instruction in speaking strategies, digital skills, and digital literacy in the ESOL classroom. 

This workshop introduces edtech routines that:

  • Focus on conversation etiquette, impromptu speech, and oral presentation strategies.
  • Make use of videoconferencing platforms, video and audio recordings, and pronunciation tools that are accessible through learners’ smartphones.
  • Equip learners with presentation tools (e.g., Google slides, Flip™).

This side-by-side engagement with speaking strategies and digital platforms helps learners make the connection between online and in-person communication that will serve them equally well at work, at school, and in the community.

As a “proof of learning” task, you will create a model recording that you can use to demonstrate virtual conversation etiquette.

This is the second session in the Fusing Literacy series. Please visit the SABES Calendar (https://sabes.org/calendar) for more information and to register for these other sessions:

Session 1 focuses on listening: Nov. 15

Session 3 focuses on reading: Dec. 6

Session 4 focuses on writing: Dec. 13

Note: This course is not available for recordings only. If you are interested in this topic, but are unable to attend all of the sessions as outlined here, please see our resource collection on the SABES website at https://sabes.org/pd-center-resources/34.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Adapt and differentiate 3–5 edtech routines that fuse speaking strategy and digital skill instruction for your learners
  • Help learners create digital products that demonstrate learning, targeted speaking strategies, and digital skills (e.g., recorded roleplays, presentations, podcasts, etc.)
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
11/29/2023 - 11:00 am to 11/29/2023 - 1:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
ESOL/English Learners