The SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum and Instruction Professional Development Center is based at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts and serves Adult ESOL teachers and programs throughout the state. Our center provides high-quality professional development and resources on a range of topics including: 

  • Effective ESOL instructional strategies
  • Contextualized unit and lesson planning
  • The MA English Language Proficiency Standards
  • Intercultural awareness 
  • Principles of second language acquisition
  • Formative assessment
  • The components of the English language
  • Brain-based learning and teaching 
  • and many more.  

To see what we are offering this year, check out our Upcoming Events below.

For full descriptions and to register for our PD offerings, explore the SABES Calendar using the tab above. And for more information on a range of ESOL topics, check out our extensive resources below!  

If you have any questions, please contact our director, Dori McCormack, at

ESOL: Upcoming Events

This half-day face-to-face workshop provides an overview of the integration of family literacy themes in the adult ESOL classroom, with...
Adult ESOL learners need math skills to take care of their own and their family’s health. Successfully integrating math into...
01/31/2020 02/14/2020 02/28/2020
This three-part workshop will address the learning process from the perspective of research in the cognitive and neural sciences, and...

ESOL: Resources, Research and Curriculum

Resource ESOL Instructional Videos
Within this PDF, you will find links to valuable tips about ESOL teaching best practices by viewing these videos created by the SABES ESOL PD Center...
Resource MA ELPS (Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards) - Document and Overview Videos
This resource is comprised of two separate components: the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards (MA ELPS) document, and three...
Resource Dawnland Documentary
Do you teach social studies, or have an interest in child welfare, recent Native American history, working together for social justice, or the...

ESOL: Our Team

Coordinator of Instructional Technology
Administrative Support