Navigating & Redefining Virtual ESL Teaching through Teacher Collaboration & Best Practices: A Panel by Santa Clara Adult Education’s ESL Teachers

Session 5: 8:30–10:00 AM, Zoom Room 11


In this panel, ESL teachers at Santa Clara Adult Education highlight the best practices in all ESL level classes that have helped both teachers and students navigate virtual classrooms. Furthermore, the team of teachers discuss the benefits of teacher collaboration to redefine ESL teaching during this time from face to face to virtual. Topics include: 1. How to teach dual literacy in a virtual classroom through strategic integration of technology and thoughtful lesson planning? 2. Repetition as a best practice and “technological” tool. 3. Adaptive approach to teaching & providing feedback: Zoom features, PearDeck, Teachermade, Google Slides, etc. 4. Student choice as a form of progression towards digital equity and access. Offer students choices to alleviate stress caused by technological skill or challenges within both synchronous and asynchronous learning (e.g., writing and speaking submissions, as well as various reading and listening platforms). 4. Team collaboration to troubleshoot and maximize student learning and tech literacy.


Rebekah Carson

Santa Clara Adult Education

Cris Johnson

Santa Clara Adult Education

Toshiko Sasaki and Natalie Herrera

Santa Clara Adult Education

Type of Presentation

Panel or Facilitated Discussion (1 hour)



Program Strands

  • Adult Basic Education
  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Online Engagement and Assessment