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This two-part professional development opportunity introduces the concept of differentiated instruction and some sample activities.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers who may be new to techniques for differentiated instruction and to using games and activities to achieve it

Differentiated Instruction for Mixed Level ESOL Classes is a two-part professional development (PD) opportunity.

Part 1: In this face-to-face session, we will look at some foundation theory as to why differentiated instruction is critical to a successful ESOL classroom. We will then examine and use some core games and activities that lend themselves especially well to a variety of content and skills that adult ESOL learners need to master. You will have an opportunity to play and use these games and activities. You can use these activities with learners at all levels of English and education to help you achieve a very high level of differentiated instruction—an inclusive educational setting in which all learners can learn what they need at a pace and level they can all manage. Finally, we will discuss an easy model of classroom management that incorporates games and activities to help create a more inclusive learning environment.

Part 2: In this 3-hour online video session, you can share materials you have created and/or techniques you have tried for using games and activities to achieve differentiated learning for learners at varying levels of English skill and education. Time will be reserved for you to ask questions about the games and activities and about managing a multi-level classroom using them. This session will take place on November 4, with the time determined by participants and presenter.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Have a working level of competence with four basic games and at least four other non-game activities that you can use for learning in an ESOL classroom
  • Understand how such games and activities can be used to achieve differentiated instruction
  • Demonstrate understanding of one model of implementing games and activities to achieve differentiated instruction
  • Create one game or activity designed to meet specific needs of one subgroup within your classroom
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
09/01/2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Quinsigamond Community College Ahlfors 111
670 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA
PD Center: 


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