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Using the sheltered instruction observation protocol (SIOP) in the ESL classroom





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The study investigated the use of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) in a sixth grade social studies ESL classroom. The SIOP model described 30 features of Sheltered Instruction, that when included in a sheltered content classes, make content more accessible to ESL students. The SIOP model built on previous models of Sheltered Instruction including Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA), Content-Based Instruction and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) to create a best practices model of teaching content to ESL students. To determine the results of using SIOP to plan for and implement content instruction, the researcher selected ten features of SIOP to integrate into a three week unit on ancient Greece in a sixth grade sheltered social studies classroom. The results showed that features of SIOP could be integrated into existing content curriculum when carefully structured and with explicit attention to how the features work together.

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