Meeting the Needs of SLIFE, Second Ed.

A Guide for Educators
Second Edition
Andrea DeCapua, Helaine W. Marshall, and Lixing Frank Tang


Today's public schools are brimming with students who are not only new to English but who also have limited or interrupted schooling. These students, referred to as SLIFE (or SIFE), create unique challenges for teachers and administrators.
Like its predecessor, this book is grounded in research and is designed to be an accessible and practical resource for teachers, staff, and administrators who work with students with limited or interrupted formal education. Chapters 3-5 focus on classroom instruction, but others address issues of concern to administrators and staff too. For example, Chapter 6 explores different program models for SLIFE instruction, but the planning and commitment to creating a successful program require the involvement of many across the school community, not just teachers. 
This edition features case studies, model programs, and teaching techniques and tips; also included is a new chapter focused on the Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm (MALP (R)). A major theme of this new edition is moving school personnel away from a deficit perspective, when it comes to teaching SLIFE, and toward one of difference. The goal is to help all stakeholders in the school community create and foster inclusion of, and equity for, a population that is all too often marginalized, ignored, and underserved.

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Listen:  Helaine Marshall interviewed on Teaching MLs podcast | September 2, 2021 | Link

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  • 7 x 10.
  • 160pp.
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  • Paper
  • 2020
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03771-1

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