How to Support ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFEs)

This article is written to inform educators about the challenges and unique needs of students with interrupted formal education, a group which can also include newcomer English learners.  The authors define the population of students with interrupted formal education, discuss what makes these students’ needs unique, and provide concrete ideas for school-wide support initiatives and specific instructional strategies.  In addition to the overview article, this web-based collection of resources provides teachers and administrators with ideas and practical suggestions for school-wide and classroom-based support to bridge the language gap and make all students feel welcome. 

Content Comments 

This resource is written in straightforward terms and provides easy-to-understand examples which can be shared with multiple stakeholders.  The practical suggestions for school-wide support and in-classroom instructional strategies make this a high-utility resource for program directors and teachers.