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Release Date: 10/06/2017

Attend Workshops on Teaching Techniques for ESOL Learners at The Seattle Public Library in October

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The Seattle Public Library invites teachers, tutors and volunteers to learn techniques and activities for teaching new ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners at two upcoming workshops on Saturdays, Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 206-386-4636.


Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is required for both events, see details below.



Supporting Adult Literacy and Learning

9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium 206-386-4636. Online registration is required.


The event will start with "A Conversation about Digital Equity," followed by breakout sessions.


Breakout sessions will include:

  • ESOL Teaching Techniques
  • Understanding Adult Learners
  • Hands-On Learning: Creating Tools and Manipulatives for ESOL
  • Passing the Citizenship Interview
  • Immigration 101
  • ESOL Lesson Planning
  • Facilitating Talk Time English Conversation Groups
  • Basic Reading for Adult Learners
  • Working with Immigrants: A Social Service Perspective
  • Supporting Immigrant Civic Engagement


This event is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Seattle Goodwill, King County Library System, Literacy Source and Seattle Central College.



For new ESOL instructors

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room 2, 206-386-4636. Online registration is required.


Instructor Alysan Croydon will demonstrate techniques and activities for teaching English language learners. Attendees will learn how to plan lessons and assess what students know, including students who have no English ability. She will also give tips on how to be culturally sensitive and to differentiate instruction for various levels.


Croydon has been an English language teacher and teacher educator for over 30 years and has trained volunteers to teach English language learners throughout the state. She is a faculty member at the School for Teaching ESL in cooperation with Seattle Pacific University, and a board member of the Literacy Council of Seattle.


For more information on either workshop, call the Central Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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