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In this workshop, participants will learn effective strategies and techniques for teaching English grammar in meaningful communicative contexts. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Instructors of all levels of ESOL

In this experiential learning workshop, ESOL instructors will explore techniques to contextualize grammar instruction in meaningful content and maximize students’ practice and use of new language. The presenters will model a gradual release of responsibility of learning and include a variety of ways teachers can present targeted grammar points aligned to the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards; promote student metalinguistic awareness through reflection and analysis; and create activities for ample student practice and authentic language use. Through two facilitated virtual sessions and two self-directed online modules, this PD opportunity includes a combination of presentation and demonstration; experiential exploration and hands-on practice; videos; readings; and application to the ESOL classroom. The course opens at 8am on May 25th for you to view materials before the first virtual session.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Contextualize grammar lessons in meaningful content
  • Gradually release responsibility for learning grammar to students
  • Design activities to maximize student practice and meaningful use of grammar forms
  • Promote students’ metalinguistic awareness strategies
  • Outline a contextualized grammar lesson with workshop elements for in-person or remote instruction
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
  • Ability to participate in a Zoom meeting
  • Basic familiarity with rules of English grammar



United States

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