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

09/26/2019 10/03/2019 10/17/2019 10/31/2019
This online webinar series provides you with an overview of second language acquisition (SLA) theories and principles, with a focus...
This is not the Overview of the NEW MA ELPS. The Overview videos are being moved to the ESOL webpage...
This workshop offers an overview of the citizenship process, including benefits, eligibility, and the application process.

ESOL: Resources, Research and Curriculum

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 ESOL Standards Timeline for MA - Welcome MA ELPS!
This very brief video will walk you through the timeline of the various standards documents as they have been introduced to the ESOL field in...
Research/Evidence-Based Practice Research on TESOL and Related Topics
Keeping up with education research helps you understand how learning takes place and why certain teaching practices are likely to be effective. We...

ESOL: Our Team

Coordinator of Instructional Technology
Administrative Support