This three-part, blended workshop provides an overview of the integration of family literacy themes in the adult ESOL classroom, with an emphasis on supporting children's learning. It includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- Novice and experienced ESOL teachers and program directors who work with immigrant ELLs who would benefit from the integration of family literacy themes into the ESOL classroom
Using English for New Bostonians' ESOL for Parents and Caregivers Curriculum as a guide, this blended workshop examines the integration of family literacy themes into the adult ESOL classroom, particularly classrooms serving immigrant parents and caregivers. These themes include parents as the primary teachers of their children, navigating the U.S. school system, understanding the expectations U.S. schools have of parents, and understanding how best to support children's learning. While some English Language Learners in adult classrooms are not parents, many are or will be in the future. They may also be grandparents, uncles, aunts, older siblings, or others who play a signature role in caring for children and helping them succeed in school. In this workshop, you will be given a variety of lesson ideas and materials that can be easily adapted for use in your ESOL classroom.
The face-to-face session presents and models sections of the ESOL for Parents and Caregivers Curriculum, developed by the presenter for English for New Bostonians, and includes ample time for you to try out some of the lessons. You are then encouraged to continue exploring the Curriculum, practicing lessons in your classroom, and sharing your experiences through an online companion course.
The final session (about a month after the face-to-face session) is a one-hour webinar, in which you will share a strategy or technique that you've been applying in your teaching practice, receive feedback, guidance, and information from the facilitator and colleagues, and plan next steps to further refine your practice.
Total PD hours: 7 hours
- Face-to-face session: 3 hours
- Online discussion: 1 hour
- Webinar: 1 hour
- An additional time commitment of approximately 2 hours is expected for the application of learning to your teaching practice
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Explain the importance of incorporating family literacy themes into your curriculum
- Use a number of activities, lessons, and strategies in your classroom related to family literacy
- Develop additional lessons that teach skills being addressed, using widely available school and parenting related materials