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Foundations for Adult ESOL Instruction

Foundations for Adult ESOL Instruction is MCAEL’s new online instructor training course!

Registration opens March 22nd, 2023
Register here by May 3rd, 2023
Next session begins May 10th, 2023
About the Course

This course introduces the theories, skills and techniques used in the adult ESOL class and provides a foundation for teaching English to adult learners. In response to participant feedback, instructor preferences and the current online teaching environment, a new course was developed to meet instructor needs. This course is designed for:  

  • Instructors new to the field of teaching English to adult speakers of other languages 
  • Teaching assistants 
  • Volunteers 
  • Individuals considering entering the field of adult ESOL 

Foundations for Adult ESOL Instruction is constantly evolving to provide instructors with current and relevant research-based instructional strategies and resources. Student-centered learning and engagement are a fundamental part of this training.  


Course Structure
Foundations for adult ESOL Instruction is a blended learning online course that will be offered in cohorts for a duration of three weeks. Participants meet for a pre course meeting via Zoom with the facilitator for their synchronous portion and work asynchronously to complete the modules hosted on MCAEL’s Learning Management System, Talent LMS. 

The course consists of five modules:  

  • Introduction to Adult ESOL 
  • Strategies to Increase Learner Motivation and Engagement 
  • Assessment 
  • Lesson Planning 
  • Online learning and teaching 

Each module contains videos, short exercises, and discussion questions.  At the end of each module there is a quiz worth five points so learners can test their comprehension. Participants are also given the opportunity to design a lesson plan which they submit to the course facilitator for feedback and are also encouraged to present at the post meeting with their peers for feedback. Upon completion of all five modules and passing quiz scores, a certificate of completion is awarded. 

Course Requirements:
  • Attendance at pre-course meeting:  Wednesday, May 10th, 2023 12:00pm or 5:30pm. Meeting length: 30-60 minutes.
  • Learners can work at their own pace. However, each module has a discussion board and participants are asked to respond by a specific date.
Approximate time to complete:  10—15 hours. Upon completion of the course, a certificate of completion will be awarded.


Register here
Next session: May 10th, 2023
Questions? Contact 


A special thank you and acknowledgment to the following contributors for the development of the online course: 

  • Alex Galen, Montgomery College AELG Program 
  • Andy Lawrence, Montgomery College AELG Program, LADO 
  • Ahu Moser, LCMC  
  • Alexandra Villamizar, LCMC 
  • Megan Dry, Sheppard Pratt -Thriving Germantown Community Hub
  • Paul Bermingham, The Briggs Center for Faith and Action  
  • Elise Couper
  • Instructional Designer, Jessica Wabler 
  • Instructional  Design Manager, Christine Neil

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