Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection, Session 1.

How do you plan instruction so that you are certain your English learnersí proficiency is increasing? This workshop presents an optimal process for English as a second language (ESL) instructional planning. The process uses three types of strategies: management, monitoring, and reflection. Backed by research, these strategies may be used with any proficiency level. Throughout the workshop, participants will explore ways to integrate these strategies into their courses and daily lessons.



The goals of Session 1 are to (1) optimize instructional planning and introduce management, monitoring, and reflection; (2) share activities that incorporate these components into the English as a second language (ESL) course as a whole and into daily lessons; and (3) provide research that supports these activities as best practices.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe management tools and activities that set the stage for optimal instruction.
  2. Describe monitoring tools and activities that help ESL students see what they are achieving.
  3. Describe reflection strategies and activities that inform instructors and students what has been accomplished and what needs more instructional focus.
  4. Explain how the Instructional Planning Process described in this session optimizes student learning and supports student goal achievement.
  5. Identify management, monitoring and reflection strategies that would enhance participantsí classroom instruction.