This workshop is designed for teachers new to teaching basic literacy to English language learners, i.e., those learners with little or no first-language literacy. Two face-to-face sessions and online discussions provide participants with effective instructional strategies and approaches, with a focus on evidence-based reading and writing instruction.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers new to teaching basic literacy to English language learners (ELLs)

This two-session blended workshop is an introduction to teaching basic literacy to ELLs with an emphasis on effective instructional and assessment strategies and methods for teaching reading and writing. Between the two sessions, you will try out these strategies with your students and receive peer and facilitator support through an online platform.

Total PD hours: 9–10 hours (two 3-hour face-to-face sessions, plus 3–4 hours of classroom practice and online discussion)

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

Snow dates are February 28 and March 13, 2020.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Describe common characteristics of ELL low-literacy adults as they relate to learning and teaching
  • Experience and practice research-grounded teaching methodologies such as Language Experience Approach, Whole-Part-Whole, and phonics-based instruction
  • Practice techniques to differentiate instruction to meet diverse student needs
  • Create effective and engaging learning experience for low-literacy adult ELLs
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 
02/07/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
03/06/2020 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Thomas Crane Public Library - Quincy
40 Washington St.
Quincy, MA 02169
PD Center: 


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