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ELPS for Adult Educators

4 weeks | 16 hours

ELPS for Adult Educators is a four-week online course designed to give participants a deep dive into the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education or ELPS. The course is geared toward teachers who are new to the standards and who currently teach English language learners (ELLs) at any level, including ESOL, ABE, and ASE.

This course will provide participants with an overview of the ELPS report that was released to the field of adult education in 2016. Participants will explore the five sections of the ELPS, develop a basic understanding of social and academic varieties of language learning, and utilize the ELPS to design instructional activities that support academic language learning and transitioning ELLs to postsecondary education and employment.


ELPS and Adult Educators was designed for VALRC by Debby Cargill, Former Lead for ESOL at Prince William County Schools Adult Education Program.

Course Expectations:
Taking an online course requires a time commitment, internet access, and weekly participation. Please refer to the course syllabus before signing up for an online course. The syllabus covers the course schedule, outline, and requirements. In order to receive a certificate of completion, learners must submit all assignments on time. Learners that do not post for more than one week at any time during the course or who fall more than one week behind in their assignments, may be removed from the course and will be placed on “waiting list only” status for future online courses.

Preview the ELPS for Adult Educators Course Syllabus.