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In this two-part workshop through Zoom, you will learn ways to adapt and transfer your best practices for teaching beginning English learners to a remote learning context. 

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 1-2 days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and the Zoom session.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers of beginning English learners
  • ESOL teachers with familiarity of basic Zoom features

During two 90 minute sessions hosted on Zoom, this workshop focuses on best practices in teaching beginning English learners (community building, learning routines, meaningful content and context, scaffolding, differentiation, formative and summative assessment, and release of responsibility). It explores how we can bring those practices into both the synchronous and asynchronous remote instruction by using a variety of media and platforms (Zoom, WhatsApp, and the U.S. Postal Service). The workshop will address the challenges remote teaching presents to teachers of beginning level ESOL students, while also highlighting some of its opportunities. This workshop suggests an open and curious “beginner's mindset” as we expand our teaching toolbox beyond the traditional classroom.

In between the two Zoom sessions participants will have an opportunity to engage in a short reflective reading of the new Massachusetts ESOL Professional Standard on Instructional Delivery.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Plan steps to adapt your best ESOL teaching practices to a remote teaching context
  • Identify benefits and challenges of remote teaching
  • Choose appropriate digital tools based on EL student accessibility and skill level
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Familiarity with basic Zoom features 

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