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In this course, participants will explore relevant research on teaching low-literate English Language Learners and engage in independent reading, reflective classroom tasks, and collegial discussions that inform and deepen maximum professional growth.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • This professional development offering is designed for ESOL teachers who have some experience teaching low-literate adult ESOL students and who wish to deepen their understanding of these learners and expand their repertoire of effective teaching tools and techniques

This study circle is a professional learning opportunity for teachers of low-literate adult English Language Learners. With a focus on reading development, you will explore relevant research and its implications for best practices in the classroom. Through independent reading, reflective classroom application, and face-to-face and online discussions, you will receive and provide support and ideas with colleagues, creating more effective and engaging teaching and learning experiences in low-literacy adult ESOL classrooms.

There will be three meetings of three hours each over the course of eight weeks, with an estimated six to nine hours of online discussions and readings before and between meetings. Total PD hours: 18 hours.  Readings and discussion questions for the first session will be emailed to participants upon registration.  Register early to allow time to complete the assignment.

PDPs are available upon request and with completion of all components of the course and a final project, to be determined by the presenter, participant, and ESOL PD Center director.

Snow date: March 8, 2019.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Explore relevant research in literacy and language development in low-literacy adults
  • Articulate connections between relevant research and effective classroom practices with low-literacy adults
  • Identify useful resources (for both students and teachers) that can enhance teaching and learning
  • Create effective, engaging, and satisfying teaching and learning experiences in low-literacy adult ESL classrooms
  • Practice new strategies and techniques in the classroom
  • Receive and provide support and ideas with colleagues
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
12/14/2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
01/11/2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
02/08/2019 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Quinsigamond Community College - Ahlfors Building Room 111
670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA 01606
PD Center: 


SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
ESOL/English Language Learner
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