Understanding Teachers' Perspectives on Supporting SLIFE Students: Challenges, Collaboration, and Strategies

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M.A. in English


Department of English


Advisor: Jennifer Haan


While research on SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education) students has gained significant attention, there is a lack of understanding regarding the needs of the teachers who work closely with these students. In an effort to fill this gap, a survey was conducted among content area teachers at a Midwest middle school in the United States. The findings of this survey highlight the importance of collaboration and planning time between content area teachers and ESL teachers in lesson planning, material preparation, and assessment strategies. The results emphasize the significance of teamwork among all educators to support SLIFE students in their journey to learn the language and master content area materials.


SLIFE students, Teachers' collaboration, SLIFE's challenges in a middle school

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