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In this two-session Zoom workshop, you will learn how to use the most important features of the Google Classroom learning management system (LMS) to organize a remote ESOL class, communicate with English learners, and promote student communication and digital literacy skills. In the first session, you will experience the tool as an English learner and in the second session, as an ESOL teacher.  Please note: you will need a Google (Gmail) account to participate.

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 a separate email one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam folder and/or send an email to


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

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

Through participating in a remote class in Google Classroom, learners develop both their digital literacy and language skills by accessing and exploring digital class materials, navigating sites linked from the course to gather information, communicating and collaborating with classmates in a digital format, and responding to digital assignments and receiving feedback from their instructor.

As a learning management system (LMS), Google Classroom also helps instructors keep the content and materials in their virtual classrooms well-structured, organized, and accessible to both learners and teachers. The Google Classroom LMS is available for free to those with Google (Gmail) accounts.

In Part 1 of this two-day workshop, you will experience Google Classroom as an ESOL Student:

  • Join a class in Google Classroom
  • View and respond to classwork, including links to other websites
  • Share information with other class members
  • Share information via private comments

In Part 2, you will experience Google Classroom as an ESOL Teacher:

  • Create a class within the Google Classroom application
  • 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 (including adding links)
  • Enable the Google Meet feature for distance learning


  • 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 at
  • These sessions will be held on Zoom. Although Zoom is mobile-friendly, you will greatly enhance your experience by participating from a laptop or desktop computer.
  • We will email you the Zoom link a few days before the session.

Follow-up coaching is available through the SABES ESOL PD Center to support you in integrating new tools and strategies into your teaching practice. To arrange a coach, please contact the PD Center Director, Dori McCormack, at

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Create an ESOL class and change the settings of an existing class
  • Create materials, links, and assignments for ESOL students enrolled in a class
  • Participate in discussions and respond to assignments within Google Classroom from the point of view of a student
  • Begin to plan remote ESOL lessons that promote language and digital literacy development
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

You will need a Gmail account. If you do not currently have one, you can create one for free at

02/07/2023 - 11:00 am to 02/07/2023 - 1:00 pm
02/14/2023 - 11:00 am to 02/14/2023 - 1:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
ESOL/English Learners
Self-Paced Monthly Offering