This virtual workshop explores ways to engage beginning and intermediate-level English learners in using technology to find, evaluate, and communicate information. It refines instructors’ skills in integrating digital resilience and digital literacy into ESOL classes with learners at different levels of technological proficiency.

Please note: This course will take place in Blackboard where you will find all virtual session information, course materials, and additional resources. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive an email with further instructions as the course date approaches.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Instructors of beginning and intermediate-level English learners

By now, we all have realized how essential digital literacy and digital resilience are for full participation in education, work, and daily life. As adult English language instructors, we work very hard to create opportunities for our multilingual students to acquire these critical skills. With learners at different levels of proficiency not only in English but also in digital skills, the reality in our classrooms poses some big challenges.

Imagine a class with some students unsure of how to navigate the internet while others surf with ease, or a class in which some are unfamiliar with using computers but are adept at using their phones to text, take photos, and make video calls, and where others’ only devices are phones with poor cellular service and/or limited data. Chances are you do not need to “imagine” such a class because this scenario is all too familiar throughout adult education.

In this session, ESOL practitioners explore five adaptable, learner-centered instructional routines that promote digital literacy skill development within any lesson. Participants will experience, analyze, and plan the integration of digital skill development during task-based instruction for beginning and intermediate-level English learners in both distance learning and in-person learning environments. 

This session is the second in the SABES Digital Literacy series and builds upon the core concepts of the first session: Digital Literacy 101: Where to Begin! on September 29, 2022. For help working with advanced language learners and those whose first language is English, we will offer Part 3: Supporting ELA and Advanced Multilingual Learners’ Digital Literacy and Resilience on November 15, 2022. 

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Locate digital skill integration opportunities within your current practice
  • Use the World Education EdTech Integration toolkit to identify digital skills, tools, and technology-rich instructional routines that match your learners’ needs and devices
  • Use a series of backward design prompts to help integrate digital literacy skill instruction
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
  1. Please bring both your smartphone and your primary device (desktop, laptop, tablet).
  2. Recommended: Digital Literacy 101: Where to Begin! (If you missed attending on September 29, 2022, you may request to watch the recording from dianarsatin@gmail.com.
10/28/2022 - 2:02 pm to 10/28/2022 - 4:00 pm

United States

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