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

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

✔ ESL, all content areas, instructional coaches, school leaders
✔ Elementary & middle school
✔ 15 PDPs in English Learner Education


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


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.


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.