In this two-hour Zoom session, participants will learn how to transfer effective in-person writing instruction to the virtual classroom. The session will focus on the writing process, particularly the pre-writing tasks of schema building and generating and organizing ideas, and will include peer editing tasks and publishing options.

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:

  • ESOL teachers of all student levels who are familiar with basic Zoom features

Teaching writing in the virtual ESOL classroom has a unique set of challenges, not the least of which includes helping learners use their phones to plan, type drafts, get feedback, and edit their work. In this session, teachers explore how the stages of the writing process can be addressed remotely using a variety of creative workarounds and a few old-school approaches (pencil and paper anyone?). The presenter will guide teachers through the stages of a writing process lesson and highlight the benefits of teaching writing online.

This session is part of a series on language skills instruction in the virtual classroom. Sessions are offered on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. The other sessions in the series are:

  • Reading Minds – Nov. 2
  • Speak Up – Nov. 30
  • Listening In – Dec. 7
    Learning Objectives

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

  • Employ one or more multilevel, pre-writing tasks in the virtual ESOL classroom
  • Use Zoom annotation features to help learners recognize text structure in a model text
  • Use Zoom and smartphone features to help learners write and edit their work, as well as collaborate and get feedback on it
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Participants should be familiar with the basic Zoom features.

11/16/2022 - 2:00 pm to 11/16/2022 - 4:00 pm

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