Join Our List

Adult ESL Newsletter Photo

Sign up to receive periodic updates about resources from CAL.


Promoting education and achievement of adults learning English

Services - Professional Development Workshops

Adult Second Language Acquisition

How do adults learn a new language?  What backgrounds and experiences do they bring? How can practitioners facilitate this process?

This workshop is designed for practitioners working with all levels of adults learning English. Participants learn about key concepts in second language acquisition (e.g., native and target language proficiency, inter-language patterns, meaningful interaction, error analysis) and apply these concepts to the development of a language learning lesson. As an assignment, they plan and deliver a lesson using the information they learn in the course. They then share their lessons, assess their effectiveness, and learn more about instructional techniques for planning and delivering language lessons.

Participants incorporate principles of second language acquisition into the design of language lessons.

Expected outcomes:

  • Learn about principles of second language acquisition.
  • Develop techniques for working with second language learners at different levels of English language proficiency.
  • Use the principles learned to develop lesson plans for the learners in their classes and programs.

Contact Us
CAL staff will work with you to customize our services to meet your special requirements and budget.

For more information:
Call: 202-362-0700

Back to top



Teacher and students in science class

Learn about all CAL's workshops.

Resource Corner

Our professional development and technical assistance services are based on key foundational resources that include

Browse our resource section to learn more.