Workshop: Strategies for Success in ESL Classes

Course ID - CTD0426-3         

Short Title: ESL Success Strategy    

 Audience    Faculty
Length of Workshop:       3 hours 
Prerequisite     none

Students in a language class usually possess diverse abilities and learning styles. Our role as educators is to find ways to appeal to and inspire every student. Part I of this workshop will discuss five specific strategies that work for different types of learners and in multi-level classes.  We will also take a look at popular communicative activities and ways to adapt them to different classes.  Part 2 of the workshop will focus on strategies to foster persistence among ESL learners.  We will explore how setting goals, providing ongoing assessment, and teaching students how to self-study during a "stopping out" period can lead to successful completion of an educational program for ESL students.

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:  

  • Use specific strategies for different types of learners– the quiet ones, the fluent, but inaccurate ones, the gifted ones, and the slower ones
  • Use questioning techniques when presenting material
  • Describe the different roles of today’s teacher
  • Explain why teachers are sometimes reluctant to “lose control” and let students take charge of their learning
  • Explain how to adapt communicative activities in textbooks for their particular classes
  • Describe the effect of purposeful lesson planning on student persistence
  • Explain the balance of communicative practice and explicit skills development needed for effective language instruction




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Registration information
Course ID: - CTD0426-3
Course Title: ESL Success Strategy
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

Once you have registered for a class, you can print your schedule.    Please make every effort to attend once you've registered as seats are limited.     However, If you need to drop, you can also do this through the Web Registration screen.     CTD classes will appear on your transcript as non-credit classes.

If you need special assistance to participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at 7-2366 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  College Training and Development complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.