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This three-part workshop explores ESOL instructional practices that maximize learner interaction and communication at all levels of language proficiency. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out new teaching tools and techniques in your practice and to receive professional development support while doing so. 


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Novice and experienced ESOL teachers who are interested in expanding their repertoire of communicative classroom activities and classroom management techniques

The face-to-face session explores ESOL instructional approaches that maximize learner interaction and communication, foster language development and independent language acquisition, and prepare learners for their next steps beyond the ESOL classroom. You will receive a variety of strategies and techniques, such as:

  • Building from a controlled, structured practice to more independent authentic language use
  • Facilitating small-group work that cultivates a cooperative learning environment
  • Managing a multilevel class

Next, in the online companion course facilitated by the workshop presenter, you will focus on applying new strategies and techniques to your teaching practice and then reflect on your experiences. The companion course includes additional resources, teacher demonstration videos, a forum to ask questions (and have them answered), and a discussion board to share ideas with colleagues. A minimum of one post and two replies in the companion course is expected. 

The final session (3-4 weeks after the workshop) is a one-hour webinar, in which you will share a strategy or techniques 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. 

To receive credit for this professional development activity, participation in all three components is required. 

  • Face-to-face session: 5.5 hours
  • Online companion course: 1.5 hours
  • Webinar: 1 hour
  • An additional time commitment of approximately 2 hours is expected for the application of learning to your teaching practice. PDPs are available upon request and with the completion of all three components and a final project, to be determined by the presenter, participant, and ESOL PD Center director.

Total Professional Development hours: 10

For more information, please contact Dori McCormack at 

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Plan language learning activities that build from controlled, structured practice to communicative and real-life application
  • Use scaffolding techniques to increase learner autonomy, reinforce language skills, and build confidence
  • Identify and select grouping strategies (i.e., individual, pair, or small group) that are appropriate for the level and objectives of the lesson
  • Implement classroom management techniques that articulate expectations for classroom behavior and address lesson pacing, multilevel needs, and problem solving
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 

Before attending any workshop on the ESOL Professional Standards, you are encouraged to watch the online presentation Introduction to the Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL and to attend the workshop Standard One: Principles of Second Language Acquisition. You can register for both presentations through the SABES calendar at

10/26/2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
11/16/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Holyoke Community College, Kittredge Center, Room 226
303 Homestead Ave.
Holyoke, MA 01040
PD Center: 


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