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Strategies for Using the "College Career & Lifeskills Readiness Guide" for ESOL Learners (w)

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This workshop introduces teachers and counselors working with ESOL learners to the new College, Career, and Lifeskills Readiness Guide for ESOL Learners.  Participants will learn strategies for using the Guide in the classroom as well as for counseling and advising with individual students. This Guide has initially been developed for Advance ESOL students (SPL 6).  Future trainings will be offered after the Guide is adapted for Intermediate and Beginning ESOL levels.


Participants will be asked to provide feedback on adapting the Guide.  They will also be asked to follow up with SABES based on their use of the Guide in their programs.


Participants should be familiar with the Massachusetts ESOL Curriculum Framework prior to the workshop.  The complete Framework can be found at

Apr 08, 2011 from 01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
  • Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center
  • [in the Holyoke Transportation Center]
  • 206 Maple Street - Room 400
  • Holyoke, MA 01040
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ESOL, Counseling, Curriculum Development, Work Force Development
Maximum attendance
Multi-session attendance required
Contact info
Dori McCormack
(413) 552-2393
Learning objectives

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:


  1. Recognize the importance of “Next Steps” as a goal relevant to all ESOL students, applicable to College, Career Readiness, and Lifeskills (i.e., ability to function independently and in community relationships such as school systems, state and local government, health care, etc.)
  2. Understand the connection between the College, Career, and Lifeskills Readiness Guide and the ESOL Curriculum Framework’s Standards and Benchmarks.
  3. Consider the different ways the Guide is intended to be adapted and evaluate the most effective ways to use it with their students and in their programs.
  4. Use the Guide to inform classroom instruction and counseling activities for Advanced ESOL (SPL 6) students in a manner that reflects the unique needs of ESOL learners in preparing for their “Next Steps”.
Toni Borge and Kermit Dunkelberg
Presenters Bio
Toni F Borge is the Director of the Adult Education & Transitions Program and adjunct developmental reading instructor at Bunker Hill Community College. She has served on a number of MA DESE adult education working groups including the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) Network state team for Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Professional Development, through which the College, Career and Life-Skills Readiness Guide was created. Toni was also a member of the TESOL task force that worked on the redesign of the citizenship test in 2008. She has served as chair on the TESOL Professional Development Committee and is the present Chair for the TESOL Adult Education Interest Section. Currently she is working in an advisory role with the Qatar Ministry of Information to develop multimedia curriculum for the Qatar Ministry of Education. Kermit Dunkelberg has been teaching ESOL for longer than he cares to admit. He has been the Program Coordinator of Holyoke Community College's Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center since 2005. At LAALC, he has created pilot programs including a "Next Steps" Advanced ESOL class, and an intensive ESOL/Workforce Development class. He co-developed a College Awareness/Readiness Curriculum in collaboration with the Community Education Project and HCC's Transition to College and Careers program, and periodically convenes an ABE to College "Smooth Transitions" Working Group at HCC.
Host RSC
West Massachusetts Region
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