Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) "are English language learners who have experienced interrupted education due to war, civil unrest, migration, or other factors; who have never had the opportunity to participate in any type of schooling before entering school in the United States; or who have experienced limited education in their home countries due to lack of resources or trained teachers, the type of schooling they participated in, or other circumstances." (DeCapua & Marshall, 2010)

Join the MATSOL SLIFE Special Interest Group

Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm® (MALP®): A culturally responsive instructional model for struggling language learners. It is intended to transition these learners from their preferred and customary ways of learning to Western-style formal education by integrating key elements of formal education while acknowledging and balancing the needs, preferences, and priorities of struggling language learners.  With MALP®, instructors have a concrete, practical set of guidelines to follow in designing and delivering instruction to this population.
  • Principles for Culturally Responsive Teaching, Education Alliance, Brown University
Project-Based Learning (PBL)