An excellent resource for teachers of English language learners is the book "Making Content Comprehensible for English
Learners: The SIOP Model". The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) is an instructional model
of sheltered instruction, second language acquisition, and English language development. Sheltered instruction is a method
of making grade-level academic content understandable and comprehensible to English language learners while at the same time
promoting English language development (ELD) and literacy. ESL, mainstream and bilingual teachers would benefit from this
instructional model. The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) brings together all of the essential components
of effective sheltered instruction into one comprehensive model of instruction for English language learners.
The SIOP model consists of eight distinct SIOP components: lesson preparation,
building background, comprehensible input, strategies, interaction, practice/application, lesson delivery, and review/assessment.
Each SIOP component also contains additional features that characterize each component.
the entire book is extremely useful, we believe that one of the most important chapters of the book is the Lesson Preparation
component. The chapter on lesson preparation explains the difference between content objectives and language objectives, and
outlines the various types of language objectives that teachers can focus on when teaching content (i.e., Science, Social
Studies, etc) in order to promote literacy and English language development (ELD) through the study of content.
Another important feature of the book is that it contains ESL and ELD lesson plans and classroom vignettes. The ELD/ESL
lesson plan templates are extremely useful and the cd that comes at the back of the book is an added benefit to teachers who
are promoting second language acquistion.
This book is a "must-have" book for all teachers
of English learners! In addition to the useful material outlined in the book, the book also comes with a cd that contains
mini-video clips by the authors about each of the SIOP components. If you have an English language learner in your classroom,
this is the book to read!
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