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Everyone speaks, but not all speaking is effective. And while most of us hear, how many of us actually listen? Bring an academic ELA focus to these highly useful and transferable skills to support your students.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers of ELA and ABE content (science, social studies, workforce prep, etc.) at all GLE levels
  • Strategies are accessible for corrections teachers

What role should interviewing, debating, and even listening to podcasts play in the adult education classroom? A big one! So should engaging students in collaborative discussions and formal and informal presentations. Activities like these build important speaking and listening skills that serve adults well in the 21st century; however, many ABE teachers struggle to find time to teach these skills. Explore how to efficiently and effectively integrate instruction in speaking and listening with other instructional goals. The CCRSAE Speaking and Listening standards will be used as a guide.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Describe the research-based connections among speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Design speaking and listening tasks appropriate for targeted CCRSAE levels and connected to reading and/or writing activities
  • Provide effective feedback to students on the development of their speaking and listening skills
  • Recommended: View this 19-minute video introducing the CCRSAE for ELA
  • Recommended: Complete the 3-hour online course: The Recipe for Success: The CCR Standards and Instructional Shifts for ELA
03/20/2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
After Incarceration Support Systems Center
736 State St.
Springfield, MA 01109
PD Center: 


SABES English Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
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