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In this hands-on workshop, we explore the relevance and applicability of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) to adult beginning-level English learners (ELs), and integrate the standards into ESOL instruction for beginners.


Teachers are often vexed by the challenge of increasing the rigor of their ESOL instruction for beginning-level ELs. What is the value of teaching academic language to beginners, and how do we do it? How do we stay focused on language skills development while also teaching content through complex texts? How do we build both critical-thinking skills and the language needed to engage in critical conversations? In this workshop, we explore these questions and identify answers that are relevant to our work with beginning-level ELs.  Various tools, techniques, and strategies are presented, modeled, and practiced.

Following the workshop, teachers are invited to try some of the tools, techniques, and strategies in their practice.  In the follow-up webinar, we discuss the challenges and successes of these experiences, ask and answer questions, and plan for our next steps.

Face-to-face session: Feb. 23, 2018 - 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Webinar: March 23, 2018  - 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Identify language strategies that beginning-level ELs can use to access complex written and oral texts
  • Identify strategies to engage beginning-level ELs in critical conversations about complex themes
  • Apply appropriate level-specific CCRSAE to lessons designed for beginning-level ELs

Participants should be familiar with the CCRSAE. A link to the standards and materials relating them to ESOL are available on the SABES website. 

02/23/2018 - 12:00pm to 3:30pm
03/23/2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Quinsigamond Community College 670 West Boylston Street
Administration Building - Room B03A
Worcester, MA
PD Center: 


SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
ESOL/English Language Learner
PDP Eligible: 
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