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Entrepreneurship can be a viable option for English language learners seeking successful employment. However, to succeed they need knowledge about legal and business issues as well as language, digital-literacy, and intercultural skills. This three-part workshop will guide you in developing lessons that integrate all key elements.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers interested in helping English language learners explore the possibility of self-employment while developing their language skills

Many immigrants would rather work for themselves than be someone else's employee. Some may have owned a business in their home country. But self-employment for English language learners involves many considerations: language skills, cultural awareness, ease using computers, and knowledge of basic business and legal issues.

This workshop will help you develop a thematic unit on entrepreneurism that integrates all these factors. You will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice while receiving professional-development support.

The course components include:

  • A face-to-face, hands-on session (3 hours): Discuss topics such as licensing, financing, and marketing, then develop lessons that integrate language and digital literacy skills
  • An online facilitated discussion forum (2 hours total): Explore additional resources, exchange ideas, and get support adapting or developing an activity to try out with your learners
  • A facilitated webinar (1 hour): Share updates and lessons learned, and plan next steps
  • Application to your teaching practice (2 hours)

To receive credit, you must participate in all components. Total PD hours: 8 

For more information, contract Dori McCormack at

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe important considerations for students thinking about entrepreneurship
  • Draft a lesson and try it with students
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Before attending this workshop series, you should be familiar with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education and the MA Curriculum Framework for ESOL.  An overview of both documents is available in a video on the ESOL web page of the SABES website.


03/18/2019 - 9:30 am to 03/18/2019 - 12:30 pm
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03/25/2019 - 10:00 am to 03/25/2019 - 11:00 am
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The Immigrant Learning Center
442 Main St.
Malden, MA 02148
United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Career Pathways
Education and Career Planning
ESOL/English Learners
Workforce Development