SIOP: Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol

SIOP is a model of instruction that was developed in order to help make mainstream content comprehensible for ELLs.

Video: The SIOP model

The model acknowledges the particular challenges met by ELLs as they learn English through the currciulum and offers teachers key strategies to help ELLs in achieve both academic success and langauge success.

The protocol includes some basics such as always including a clearly articulate curriculum learning intention and a language learning intention.  It also suggests more challenging (for the teacher) elements to achieve good instruction, such as building schema based on students’ prior experience, their interests and their lives.

Click here for a printable ready reckoner of what you should be including in your ELL-friendly lessons.

The same SIOP-based ideas, presented slightly differently, can be viewed on here.


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