Yes We Can! Transferring F2F Strategies to Remote Instruction

Session 3: 10:30–12:00 PM, Zoom Room 10


Our most effective face-to-face (F2F) instructional strategies are readily transferable to the virtual adult ESL classroom. Both F2F and remote ESL classes require learners to communicate, process and analyze information, employ interpersonal skills and respect diversity. But remote learning, by its nature, also requires learners to demonstrate other key 21st century skills: problem solving, adaptability, collaboration, etc., in every lesson. These skills must be taught in order to prepare students to thrive in the constantly evolving technology landscape (ISTE, 2016). Fortunately, employing task-based learning online brings these skills to the fore. When making the transition to remote teaching, teachers should consider which classroom tasks translate well to the remote setting (Harvard, 2020). In this session, presenters demonstrate and engage participants in learner-centered virtual classroom tasks such as gathering data with virtual corners, conducting paired reading, creating recorded presentations, using focused listening grids, and engaging in collaborative writing. Each of the selected tasks highlights problem solving, adaptability and collaboration skills. By the end of this session, participants will be able to transfer effective face-to-face tasks to online instruction; identify online tools for interactive practice; and modify online tasks for smartphone users.


Lori Howard


Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

Lighthearted Learning

Sylvia Ramirez

MiraCosta College (ret.)

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)



Program Strands

  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Distance Learning