Every day, adults navigate a sonic landscape filled with English in a variety of forms, from casual conversations to formal presentations—both recorded and live. This workshop demonstrates ways to foster learners' focused and active listening skills in that landscape using both synchronous and asynchronous listening opportunities along with authentic recorded workforce and educational content on the Web.  

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 nruskin@edc.org.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL instructors at all levels of language proficiency

In today’s world, digital literacy and traditional literacy are inextricably woven together, creating a complex tapestry of communication. For the multilingual learner, being digitally fluent is a necessity on par with mastering English language skills. This workshop focuses on fusing instruction in listening strategies, digital skills, and digital literacy in the ESOL classroom. 

The interactive session introduces edtech routines that use authentic recorded workforce and educational content on the Web to foster learners' focused listening skills. Throughout the workshop, we will demonstrate ways that video platforms can build active listening skills. You will explore how the effective use of audio and video tools can help learners practice listening strategies to increase comprehension of spoken English, such as seeking clarification, listening with a purpose, and re-listening.

We will also model ways to use learners’ autonomous listening practice as a path to building foundational digital skills.

As a “proof of learning” task, you will create a listening task using authentic audio content from the Web.

This session is the first in the Fusing Literacy series. Please visit the SABES Calendar (https://sabes.org/calendar) for more information and to register for these other sessions:

Session 2 focuses on speaking: Nov. 29

Session 3 focuses on reading: Dec. 6

Session 4 focuses on writing: Dec. 13

Note: This course is not available for recordings only. If you are interested in this topic, but are unable to attend all of the sessions as outlined here, please see our resource collection on the SABES website at https://sabes.org/pd-center-resources/34.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Employ edtech routines to help learners practice active and focused listening strategies with online audio content
  • Help learners recognize the digital literacy skills and digital resilience they’ve practiced and/or acquired while working on their listening skill development [PSG: Replace "working on their listening skill development" with "developing their listening skills"]
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
11/15/2023 - 11:00 am to 11/15/2023 - 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