Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) (EL-109)

Identification, Programming and Scaffolding in ESL and Content-Area Classrooms


Any school educator or leader who works with or oversees a newcomer/SLIFE population of English learners at the secondary level.


This 15 PDP course focusing on Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)  provides a hands-on learning experience to unlock your students' potential.  Some of the topics covered include:

  • Massachusetts state identification and programming guidelines for SLIFE
  • A framework and guiding principles for working with SLIFE in your classroom
  • Examination of SLIFE classroom practices using an instructional checklist
  • Implementation of effective teaching strategies that enable SLIFE to meet the demands of the Common Core standards
  • Designing  assessment activities for SLIFE and using data gathered to inform instruction

Now offered online! MATSOL online courses provide an engaging and interactive learning experience with activities that promote meaningful interaction between participants and the instructor, including breakout rooms for small group work, polls, chats, discussion boards, and other opportunities for sharing and collaboration. 


Course Schedule & Registration

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Online Format

2 synchronous (live) online sessions plus 3 asynchronous independent work modules (15 hours)

A hybrid format with in-person sessions is available for in-district courses only.


15 PDPs - Fulfills Requirement for 15 PDPs in English learner education for recertification.


$ 295.00 
$ 275.00 for MATSOL members


This is one of the best courses I have taken. The instructor was so engaging and really understands what it's like to be on the ground teaching with strategies that are actually aligned with what our kids need.

I learned a great deal about what distinguishes SLIFE from other ELs, as well as some excellent strategies for teaching SLIFE that engages them immediately with necessary academic content.

I have a much clearer understanding of how SLIFE are defined and how many other educators are struggling with some of the same challenges I face in the classroom, and learned how to scaffold vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing activities to provide maximum student participation.

Payment & Refund Policies

See MATSOL Course Registration & Payment Policies. Cancellations must be received in writing 10 business days before the first class meeting.