ESL Foundations is a package of five online professional development activities designed to provide a solid foundation for new adult ESL instructors. It is recommended that teachers complete these activities in the order listed. Each activity features an online resource or professional textbook accompanied by an assignment submitted to the Adult Learning Resource Center that allows participants to apply what they have learned to their own teaching practices. 

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This activity accompanies an online course developed by ELL-U and now  housed on the LINCS website, Principles of Second Language Teaching: Planning, Implementing and Managing Instruction. Participants will complete this LINCS online course and download a certificate from LINCS with 3.5 hours on it. Then they will respond to questions on an assignment worksheet that is emailed to the Adult Learning Resource Center for review and feedback. The Adult Learning Resource Center will provide a certificate with 1.5 professional development hours upon approval of the completed worksheet. Worksheets are due at the latest by May 31, 2019.

To register for this course, go to http://www.thecenterweb.org/alrc/pdfs/catalog.pdf or contact Julie Koffend at the Adult Learning Resource Center, jkoffend@cntrmail.org, 224-366-8500 for more information.

This activity accompanies an online course developed by ELL-U and housed on the LINCS website, Second Language Acquisition: Myths, Beliefs and What the Research Shows. Participants will complete this LINCS/ELL-U online course (which provides its own LINCS certificate with 2 hours of professional development), then respond to questions on an assignment worksheet. The Adult Learning Resource Center will provide a certificate with 1 professional development hour upon approval of the assignment worksheet. By completing the LINCS course and the ALRC assignment, participants will receive a total of 3 hours. Worksheets are due at the latest by May 31, 2019.

To register for this course, go to http://www.thecenterweb.org/alrc/pdfs/catalog.pdf or contact Julie Koffend at the Adult Learning Resource Center, jkoffend@cntrmail.org, 224-366-8500 for more information.

 

Participants will view an online video, Effective Grouping Strategies in the ESL Classroom, produced by New American Horizons, then respond to questions on an assignment worksheet. Worksheets are submitted to the Adult Learning Resource Center for review and feedback. Once your worksheet has been approved, the Adult Learning Resource Center will provide a certificate with 3 professional development hours.  Worksheets are due at the latest by May 31, 2019.

To register for this course, go to http://www.thecenterweb.org/alrc/pdfs/catalog.pdf or contact Julie Koffend at the Adult Learning Resource Center, jkoffend@cntrmail.org, 224-366-8500 for more information.

This activity uses the textbook Teaching Adult ESL: A Practical Introduction by Betsy Parrish. Participants must supply their own books. A limited number of copies are available to borrow from the Adult Learning Resource Center's library. Participants will read pages from the textbook and complete a worksheet. Worksheets are submitted to the Adult Learning Resource Center for review and feedback. Once your worksheet is approved, the Adult Learning Resource Center will provide a certificate with 2 professional development hours.  All worksheets are due by May 31, 2019.

To register for this course, go to http://thecenterweb.org/alrc/pdfs/catalog.pdf or contact Julie Koffend at the Adult Learning Resource Center, jkoffend@cntrmail.org, 224-366-8500 for more information.