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This two-part workshop on Blackboard focuses on developing the academic and professional oral skills of advanced level English learners as a bridge to academic and professional reading and writing.

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:

  • Instructors of High-Intermediate and Advanced Adult English Learners

In this two-part online workshop on Blackboard, we explore how to integrate all language skills to provide rigorous, content-based lessons for advanced English learners.  We consider how to implement lessons in both in-person and online instructional contexts, identifying online tools most appropriate to supporting learners’ ability to successfully meet targeted outcomes. A focus of the sessions is on building academic and professional oral language as a bridge to academic reading and writing. Participants will acquire skills for aligning a lesson’s focus and objectives to MA ELPS benchmarks.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Promote oral language as a bridge to academic and professional reading and writing
  • Identify reading skills and strategies learners need to employ based on the reading purposes/contexts
  • Develop tasks and lessons that prepare learners to write for various purposes
  • Select and use digital tools effectively to enhance student learning
  • Explain the role metacognitive strategies play in language learning
  • Prioritize MA ELPS benchmarks that align to a lesson’s objectives and focus
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
College and Career Readiness
Curriculum Frameworks/Standards
Educator Effectiveness
ESOL/English Language Learner