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This engaging two-part workshop is designed to increase Adult Education teachers’ understanding of the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the classroom and to provide practical strategies and resources to better meet these needs. Co-hosted by the SABES ESOL and ELA PD Centers.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers of adult education who would like to better address the needs of the English language learners in their ABE classes.

Integrating language and math skills with content instruction in the ABE classroom can be a challenge at any time, but it can be particularly challenging when working with ELL students who have transitioned to ABE classes. This two-part workshop will increase Adult Education teachers’ understanding of the needs of English Language Learners and provide practical strategies and resources to better meet these needs. The workshop will help bring awareness to the particular language and cultural needs of ELLs, develop teacher knowledge of key second language acquisition principles and teaching strategies, and guide teachers in applying these principles and strategies to more effectively support the ELLs in your AE classes. While this workshop will focus primarily on how to successfully engage and support non-native English speakers in the ABE classroom, the strategies are adaptable and provide support for the variety of students in your classroom.  

Following the face-to-face session, participants will have time to apply strategies and techniques in their classes. The group will then reconvene via a webinar, where they will have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and reflections with their colleagues.  The date and time of the webinar will be set by the participants of the face-to-face session.

Professional Development Points (PDPs) are available upon request to the SABES PD Center for ESOL Director, Dori McCormack ( To qualify for PDPs, participants must attend both sessions, produce a lesson plan that integrates the strategies and techniques presented in the workshop, apply these strategies and techniques in their classroom, and write and submit a one to two page report of their reflections and lessons learned.

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Dori McCormack (

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Identify the instructional needs of English language learners in an Adult Education classroom;
  • Apply knowledge of key second language acquisition theories in the classroom;
  • Incorporate both language & content objectives in lesson planning;
  • Incorporate effective teaching & learning strategies to support language development.

We recommend, though do not require, that before participating in this workshop, you take the workshop on The Components of Language, offered on May 4th in Lawrence.  See the SABES PD Center Event for more information.

06/15/2018 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
Mount Wachusett Community College at Devens
1 Jackson Road, Room 17
Devens, MA 01434
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Educator Effectiveness
ESOL/English Language Learner
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
PDP Eligible: 
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