Math encompasses language and gives learners the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workforce and higher education. This is the first of a series of courses designed for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills in their ESOL classrooms. Lessons provide conceptual understanding of math topics around whole numbers, including cultural differences in procedures and notation, and offer strategies for making math accessible for all levels of ESOL learners.

The Mathematizing ESOL II: Integrating Benchmark Fractions, Percentages, and Decimals course builds upon and extends conceptual understanding of math topics and how they can be integrated into ESOL instruction. In the prerequisite to this course, Mathematizing ESOL I, the focus is on math notation and operations with whole numbers. In this course, we extend that knowledge to include other rational numbers, with an emphasis on percentages and decimals. We will explore these concepts before looking at real life applications of these math skills and strategies to contextualize them in the ESOL classroom.

Designed for all teachers involved in adult numeracy instruction, this blended course, will help participants explore ideas in proportional reasoning and create questions and activities that push students towards deeper conceptual understanding.

Making Sense of Proportional Reasoning is a hybrid course made up of two 4-hour face-to-face sessions and two week-long online sessions. Each online session takes about 4 hours to complete. Total completion time is approximately 16 hours.  Participation in the online sessions involves reading assigned materials and participating in online discussions and activities.

The purpose of this course is to prepare you – instructors and counselors – to implement the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom (ICA) Curriculum Guide within the context of your situation. The hands-on activities will increase your level of comfort and familiarity with the curriculum guide and the related topics.

Estimated completion time: 24 hours

The Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) for the Massachusetts SABES Program Support PD Center. The statewide VCoP provides Massachusetts practitioners a forum to discuss topics of mutual concern and share ideas, resources, and strategies related to education and career planning, advising, and adult career pathway program design and implementation.


Course description: Career planning is an essential life skill that can enable people to become more self-directed and empowered as they confront a rapidly changing economy and other life challenges and milestones. Career planning is itself a process of self-discovery that helps people identify what they are good at; and understand how their skills, talents, and interests translate into work and roles outside of work, such as parent, partner, and community member.