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Effective Practices for Online ESL Instruction


To best teach ESL online, we need to attempt to recreate all that makes our in-person ESL classes so effective: student-centered instruction, active learning, and a feeling of community with many opportunities for students to interact with the instructor and their classmates.

We can replicate these qualities in online instruction with advanced planning, an organized and clear course design in Canvas, timely and effective instructor communication and feedback, and application of the standards for quality online instruction.


This online workshop was created as an inservice virtual workshop for San Diego CCD, San Diego Continuing Education. For more information about OTAN workshops, presentations, and professional development opportunites for your CA Adult Education program visit OTAN's training site and/or send an email to with the subject "Training."



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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.