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This three-part workshop guides you through a systematic approach to curriculum development based on the Massachusetts ESOL Curriculum Framework, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, and clearly articulated learner goals and outcomes. The series includes a face-to-face session, an online companion course, and a follow-up webinar. Through participating in all three components, you will have opportunities to try out this approach as you plan your instruction and receive professional development support while doing so.

This workshop is one of six based on the MA Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers and program directors interested in developing curricula for their ESOL program

An effective ESOL curriculum for adult learners is based on standards designed to help them reach their goals as working people, engaged community participants, and lifelong learners.   The lessons derived from a responsive and engaging ESOL curriculum provide opportunities for learners to practice and use new language in preparation for use outside the classroom.

In the face-to-face workshop, we focus on using a learner-driven curriculum design process to:

  • Review program goals
  • Develop curriculum scope and sequence
  • Make connections to both the ESOL Curriculum Framework and the College and Career Readiness Standards 

Activities include hands-on practice with developing contextualized thematic curriculum units that allow learners to progress toward their personal, academic, and employment goals. Instructional resources and materials are shared to minimize the need to reinvent the wheel.

Next, in the online companion course facilitated by the workshop presenter, you will apply what you learned in the face-to-face session as you write your own unit and/or lesson plans.  You will have opportunities to reflect on your experiences and contribute to an online companion course.

The companion course includes additional resources, videos illustrating several strategies and techniques, a forum to ask questions (and have them answered), and a discussion board to share ideas with colleagues. A minimum of one post and two replies in the companion course is expected.  

The final session (about a month after the face-to-face session) is a one-hour webinar, in which you will share the curriculum materials you’ve been working on; receive feedback, guidance, and information from the facilitator and colleagues; and plan next steps to further refine your curriculum.

To receive credit for this professional development activity, participation in all three components is required.

Professional development hours: 8

  • Face-to-face session: 5.5 hours 

  • Online companion course: 1.5 hours

  • Webinar: 1 hour

For more information, contact Dori McCormack at

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
  • Identify the curriculum components used in your ESOL program and those required in MA ESOL programs
  • Use the MA ESOL Curriculum Framework and CCR Standards to guide curriculum development and instruction
  • Use the Backward Design approach to short-term and long-term instructional planning
  • Plan action steps to develop a standards-based curriculum
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 

Before attending any of the workshops on the ESOL Professional Standards, you are encouraged to watch the online presentation Introduction to the Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOLand attend the workshop on Principles of Second Language Acquisition. You can register for both of these offerings through the SABES Calendar

03/30/2018 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
04/27/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
QCC Rppm 109B Harrington Learning Center
670 West Boylston St.
Worcester, MA
PD Center: 


SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
Curriculum Development
Curriculum Frameworks/Standards
ESOL/English Language Learner
PDP Eligible: 
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