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This previously face-to-face study circle has been moved online!  In this course, participants will explore relevant research on teaching low-literate English Language Learners and engage in independent reading and discussions that inform and deepen professional growth.  Note that our meetings will be online, but the topic is research about low-literacy ESOL; we will discuss applying that research to our current and future practice, including how we're adapting to online teaching.

Please note: This course is a Blackboard course housed at Quinsigamond Community College. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course. 



    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers who have some experience teaching low-literate adult ESOL students and who wish to deepen their understanding of these learners and expand their repertoire of effective teaching tools and techniques

This study circle is a professional learning opportunity for teachers of low-literate adult English Language Learners. With a focus on learners' reading development, you will explore relevant research and its implications for best practices in the classroom. Through independent reading, reflecting on classroom applications (including classes held remotely), and online discussions with colleagues, you will develop ways to create more effective and engaging learning experiences for low-literacy adult English language learners.

The first meeting of one hour will be for introductions, answering questions about the online format, making sure everyone knows where to find the readings, and clarifying expectations about what's ahead. Three virtual meetings of 1.5 hours each will follow over the course of eight weeks, with an estimated six to nine hours of online discussions and readings before and between meetings. Total PD hours: 18 hours.

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

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Explore relevant research in literacy and language development in low-literacy adults
  • Articulate connections between relevant research and effective teaching and learning practices with low-literacy adults
  • Identify useful resources (for both students and teachers) that can enhance teaching and learning
  • Create effective, engaging, and satisfying teaching and learning experiences in low-literacy adult ESL classrooms (both face-to-face and online)
  • Discuss new strategies and techniques for your teaching environment
  • Receive and provide support and ideas with colleagues
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

United States

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