Overview of the Chapter

Student-centered classrooms

Be actively engaged in interaction around subject matter

ELLs practice English in all academic field

Small-group opportunities


Frequent opportunities for interaction and discussion between teacher/student and among students, which encourage elaborated responses about lesson concepts

Balance linguistic turn-taking between the teacher and students, and among students

Reading comprehension skills and writing skills are positively correlated with oral language proficiency in English

SIOP Feature 16

Grouping configurations support language and content objectives of the lesson

Whole class


Small group

Individual assignments

Grouping strategy

Homogeneous or heterogenous

Gender, language proficiency, language background, and/or ability


SIOP Feature 17

Feature 18: Sufficient wait time for student responses consistently provided

After the wait time, the teacher repeats, rephrases, asks a different questions or calls on another students

Wait time varies by culture

Culturally responsive strategy

Feature 19: Ample opportunity for students to clarify key concepts in L1 as needed with aide, peer, or L1 text

SIOP Feature 18 & 19

Read three teaching scenarios from pp.171-176, using the SIOP form in figure 6.2 to evaluate three teachers’ lesson on each of the strategy's features.

Check with your answers for the discussion of lesson pp.176-179.

Evaluation Activity