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In this two-hour Zoom session, teachers will experience three speaking and listening tasks that work well across EL proficiency levels in the virtual classroom. They will explore ways to provide direct instruction to learners on the language strategies needed to effectively complete these tasks and examine several speaking/listening assessment tools, including rubrics and checklists.  

Please note: You will access Zoom and other support materials via Blackboard. 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 Blackboard course and the Zoom session. 



    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers of all levels and with familiarity with basic Zoom features

Although the phrase,“Sorry, go ahead” may be the most repeated phrase in Zoom classes, the virtual classroom can offer many other opportunities for practicing meaningful speaking and listening. Once we’ve done the video check-in or the one community building activity, it’s easy to forget that we need to be intentional in our speaking skill instruction. One way to improve our online speaking skill instruction is to look at what we do in our in-person classes. In this virtual session, teachers experience three tasks that check all the boxes for critical thinking, academic language, and knowledge building: information gap, problem solving, and ranking/categorizing. Along the way, the presenter will highlight speaking strategies our learners can practice, and demonstrate how rubrics and checklists quantify learners' practice and help chart their progress.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Use one or more of the three task-types with your English learners in the virtual classroom
  • Provide systematic and explicit practice in speaking strategies as part of the task
  • Adapt one-point rubrics or listening/speaking task checklists for your own lessons
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Familiarity with basic Zoom features


United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Blended Learning
Digital Literacy
Distance Learning
Educator Effectiveness
ESOL/English Language Learner