Frequently Asked Questions
An important recent addition to our CAL SIOP Web site is our new page with frequently asked questions. To learn more about SIOP, view the section on the SIOP Model and its implementation. Or, if you are already familiar with SIOP and are interested in finding out more about establishing a SIOP collaboration with CAL, check out the section with questions on the products and services we offer.
New SIOP Lesson Plans Posted for Educators
Strategic planning and delivery of every lesson to meet the needs of ELLs lie at the core of the SIOP Model. More specifically, combining content and language objectives and including them into a meaningful instructional sequence that addresses all SIOP components play a crucial role in the success of SIOP implementation. To provide you with more examples of how that can be done, we added two new lesson plans to our resources. We’ve made two new lesson plans available on our Web site:
• 5th Grade Math Ė Practical Applications of Fractions, Percents, and Decimals
• 8th Grade Language Arts Ė Analyzing TV Commercials
Free Online Resources
The following free resources are available from CAL for learning more about the SIOP Model and its implementation.
Integrated Content and Language Instruction
Integrating content and language instruction is key for successful implementation of the SIOP model. To learn more about this topic, check out the recent CAL digest by CAL SIOP facilitator Ari Sherris. The digest provides a theoretical basis for integrating content and language instruction, and offers tips on how to plan clear content and language outcomes for a lesson, provide effective interaction opportunities, promote all four language skills, and effectively review and assess studentsí progress.
Read or download the free digest.
Using the SIOP Model to Improve Instruction
CREATE (The Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners) recently published a brief highlighting the use of SIOP features in science class. The brief provides information about how teachers can develop content and language objectives, emphasize key vocabulary, promote interaction, and incorporate effective review and assessment techniques. Using specific examples from a middle school science lesson, the authors offer practical suggestions for implementing the SIOP Model and improving English language learner achievement across content areas.
Read or download the free brief.
Featured Publication: SIOP Professional Development Manual
Looking for a resource for training teachers on the SIOP Model? Check out CALís professional development manual, Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction. Co-authored by CALís Deborah Short, this manual is designed for teacher educators and professional developers who wish to teach others to use the SIOP Model in their classrooms. The manual offers strategies, tools, and activities for instruction as well as reproducible masters you can use in your own presentations and workshops.
Order the professional development manual online.
Find out more about the manual and other CAL SIOP publications.