Subpopulations of ELLs
Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)
OBE-WL has a set of SIFE resources for screening, identification, and placement.
American Teens Talk! Students can either listen to or read an interview with a student about their lives in the U.S. Provides vocabulary and optional activities to go along with the interviews. BRYCS: Bridging Refugee Youth and Community Services -
http://www.brycs.org/ Cultural Orientation at CAL -
http://www.cal.org/co/ Culturegrams -
Education System in Six Countries Resources on the education system and transcripts from countries where a large amount of ELLs have immigrated from to NYS.
Educational Resources for Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees and other New Americans Information for families on K-12 students, higher education, migrant students, and adult students.
Engaging English Language Learners with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education Learn about the Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm (MALP) instructional model. Fred Genesee, "Program Alternatives for Linguistically Diverse Students" (January 1, 1999). Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence. Educational Practice Reports. Paper epr1.
http://www.theirc.org- International Rescue Committee
I Learn America A documentary on 5 immigrant teenagers attending The International High School in NYC. You can loan the video from our library! In School for the First Time, Teenage Immigrants Struggle, NY Times, January, 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/education/25ellis.html IRC-International Rescue Committee-Aiding Refugees & Communities Victimized by War
Membership needed to read online Educational Leadership, March 2007, "School Interrupted" pages 32-37, http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar07/vol64/num06/Schooling,-Interrupted.aspx
Refugee School Impact Grant Welcome To Our Schools Kit - The New York State Refugee School Impact Program provides services that help refugee children and their families adjust to American schools. The programs also provide supportive services to school staff. Services include summertime Refugee Academies, academic coaching, translation and interpretation services, school staff orientations, parent orientations and family activities. For additional information on the Refugee School Impact Grant, or to obtain a copy of the curriculum and related DVD's, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ten Myths About Immigration Teaching Tolerance Website
Translators - Mid-State RBERN's list of translators
Welcoming America Provides articles, stories and strategies for welcoming new families into the community.
NYC Department of Education SIFE Page This video shows how three schools in NYC set up their schools to meet the academic and emotional needs of their SIFE students.
How to Support ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education Colorin Colorado offers several articles and resources by Kristina Robertson and Susan L Fond which include ten ideas for school-wide support of SIFE.
Michigan authors Andrea DeCapua and Helaine W. Marshall talk extensively about SLIFE and MALP. Part I The Michigan ELT Blog article by Claudia Leo discusses her interview with Andrea DeCapua and Helaine W. Marshall, who discuss the main challenges faced by teachers and administrators of SLIFE students. They are the authors of Breaking New Ground and Meeting the Needs of Students with Limited or Interrupted Schooling .
Michigan authors Andrea DeCapua and Helaine W. Marshall talk extensively about SLIFE and MALP. Part II of II This is a blog discussion of in the implementation of an instructional model, the Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm (MALP) that Marshall and DeCapua developed over many years of working with SLIFE.
SLIFE- Beyond the Horizon This is an excellent blog by a Canadian educator, Dan Vanden Dungen, who provides instructional strategies, reading materials, literacy assessments and interventions and ELL resources for teachers of SLIFE students.
Dr. Andrea DeCapua’s Website
Dr. DeCapua includes events, articles, book chapters, presentations, and tweets on this comprehensive and informative website.
Bridges to Academic Success The Bridges team supports Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Education (SIFE) in many ways including developing curriculums. They focus on Low Literacy SIFE (LL SIFE) and students with home language literacy levels at 3rd grade or below.
MALP Education This website features information and training about the Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm which was developed for SIFE students. Included are events and many resources.
Publishers & Books
. Aida Walqui, CAL. 2000 isbn: 1887744096 Access and Engagement Program Design and Instructional Approaches for Immigrant Students in Secondary School
Annotated Teacher Resource Bibliography for Working Effectively with Limited English Proficient Students with Interrupted Formal Education.
J. O'Malley, M. O'Malley, & L Valdez-Piera. 1996. isbn: 0201591510 Authentic Assessment for English Language Learners "Practical Approachs for Teachers".
. Sutton E, Sutton Flynt, Robert Cooter. 2003. isbn: 013065092 Reading Inventory for Classroom with Tutorial Audio Cassette
TESOL. 2001. isbn: 0939791900 Scenarios for ESL Standards-Based Assessment.
Mace-Matluck, Alexander Kasparick, & Queen. 2004. isbn: 188774407X Through the Golden Door.
Activities for Newcomers. Judie Haynes’ offers 11 tips for classroom teachers to help ease student transition into the classroom and support their learning needs.
Bogglesworld- Find flashcards on many different subjects.
Helping ELL Newcomers: Things your Students Need to Know Important information and strategies to help students during their first few school days.
How Culture Shock Affects Newcomers Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar culture can be a very emotional time for students. Judie Haynes describes the four stages of culture shock a student may experience.
“Meeting Students Where They Are”, about how an ENL teacher supports classes with many diverse students, a majority whom are refugees.
Newcomer ELLs: 10 Little Things that have a Big Impact Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar culture can be a very emotional time for students. Judie Haynes describes the four stages of culture shock a student may experience.
Newcomer Toolkit The U.S. Department of Education has rolled out this toolkit for those that work with newly arrived immigrant students.
Picture cards Provides pictures that can help students with schedules, behaviors, and academics.
Sparklebox A large selection of printables for students with special needs and ELL.
Twinkl Picture cards, Handwriting worksheets, and more by grade level for specific needs.