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In this participatory workshop, you will apply the backward design approach and use an ESOL lesson plan template to create ESOL lesson plans.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • All ESOL teachers and directors interested in taking a more systematic approach to lesson planning and who wish to become more familiar with the ESOL lesson plan template designed by ACLS and SABES

This 4-hour workshop applies Wiggins and McTighe’s backward design approach to ESOL lesson planning. The process begins with the end in mind to help you connect the learning objectives of a lesson to a demonstration of learning. After you’ve established the lesson’s elements, you then move on to create the instruction and activities.  During the workshop, you will analyze a sample ESOL lesson to identify the essential elements of backward design and then will use a lesson planning template to design a lesson of your own. We ask that you bring a unit plan from which to develop a lesson or existing lessons to work on and refine. 

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Identify the three stages of backward design
  • Analyze the key design elements in planning an ESOL lesson
  • Apply the three stages of backward design to design an ESOL lesson
05/05/2017 - 9:30am to 1:30pm
TERC-Nelson Conference Room
2067 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA
PD Center: 


SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
College and Career Readiness
Curriculum Development
ESOL/English Language Learner
PDP Eligible: 
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