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In this two-part session, participants will learn how to use the most important features of Google Classroom as they get multiple opportunities to interact with this application both as an English learner and as an ESOL teacher.


  • You will need to have access to a Gmail account for this training. If you do not currently have a Google account you can create one for free: (
  • These sessions will be offered via Zoom. Although Zoom is mobile-friendly, you will greatly enhance your experience by participating on a laptop or desktop computer.

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:

  • Teachers of adult ESOL learners of any level
  • ESOL teachers with novice to intermediate experience using Google apps (Docs, Forms)

Learning management systems (LMS) can help us keep the content and materials in our virtual classrooms well-structured and organized. Google offers their free-to-use version of an LMS in the form of Google Classroom. If you and your students already have Google accounts, this application is readily available for use. Classroom allows students and teachers to stay in communication while providing access to materials and immediate feedback on assignments, all in one place.

Part One – Experiencing Google Classroom as an ESOL Student


  • Join a class in Google Classroom
  • View and respond to classwork
  • Share information with other class members
  • Share information via Private Comments

Part Two - Experiencing Google Classroom as an ESOL Teacher


  • Create a class within the Google Classroom app
  • Communicate Google Classroom features to English learners 
  • Invite people to join the class (as teachers or students)
  • Change the settings of the class
  • Create and assign classwork
  • Enable the Google Meet feature for distance learning
    Learning Objectives

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

  • Create an ESOL class and change settings of a class
  • Create materials and submit assignments to ESOL students enrolled in a class
  • Participate in discussions and respond to assignments within Google Classroom from the point of view of a student
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners