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In this two-part Zoom workshop, participants learn ways to adapt and transfer their best practices for teaching ESOL beginners to their remote learning context.

Note: You will receive an email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College shortly before the workshop begins with the Blackboard login information. You cannot access this course through the SABES calendar.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers of beginning students
  • ESOL teachers with familiarity of basic Zoom features

During two 90 minute sessions hosted on Zoom, this workshop focuses on best practices in teaching beginners (simple learning routines, concrete content and context, scaffolding, formative assessment, and release of responsibility) and explores how we might bring those practices into the remote teaching context by using a variety of media and platforms (Zoom, What’s App, and the US Postal Service). The workshop will acknowledge the challenges remote-teaching presents to teachers of ESOL beginners, while also highlighting some of its unforeseen opportunities. This workshop suggests an open and curious “beginner's mindset” as we expand our teaching toolbox beyond the traditional classroom.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Plan ways to adapt your best practices to your remote teaching context
  • Identify unforeseen benefits of remote teaching
  • Choose appropriate digital tools based on student accessibility and skill level
  • Draw on a network of like-practitioners for future support
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