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Teaching and Assessing Adult Learners


Dave Coleman, Specialist, Curriculum and Instruction Unit, Adult and Career Education, Los Angeles Unified School District

Course Description

Guided and supported by TESOL’s Standards for ESL/EFL Teachers of Adults (2008), this course discusses appropriate methods and techniques for teaching language skills, vocabulary, and grammar to adult learners in ESL and EFL contexts. You will learn how to address the language learners’ needs and different learning styles. You will also learn about assessment approaches and tools to help you accurately evaluate students’ learning and proficiency.

The adult students discussed in this course include language learners who may not be literate in their native language. Because these learners come from a variety of backgrounds, this course also discusses literacy issues and cultural aspects of language acquisition.


12 August–22 September 2015

Who Should Attend?

ESL/EFL teachers, program directors, and administrators who work with adult learners


TESOL members
Global members

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About the Instructor

Dave Coleman has been in the field of ESOL for more than 25 years.  He holds a master’s in Collaborative Educational Leadership and an administrative credential from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California.

Dave is primarily interested in advancing adult education for ELLs to increase equity in access to classes that integrate education and technical training while practically embedding the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education.  At present, he works as a professional development specialist and technical assistance provider for the Curriculum and Instruction Unit of the Division of Adult and Career Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District.   He is an ESOL work group team member for the Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium to standardize and streamline an articulated adult education delivery system between K-12 unified schools districts and the community college district.  He also serves as a subject matter expert with the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS).  Additionally, he is a trainer of teachers and trainers, as well as community of practice module developer, for the American Institute for Research and the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Organization.   

His areas of interest include second language acquisition, teacher education, andragogy and online learning. He is a member of the California TESOL Board of Directors and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.