Supporting SLIFE Students: Effective Strategies and Insights for ESL Teachers with Guest, Orly Klapholz

ESL SLIFE students

“Help! I’m an ESL teacher. Where do I begin with a SLIFE student?”

In this episode, host Beth Vaucher and guest Orly Klapholz engage in a great conversation that sheds light on the nuances of nurturing students with limited or interrupted formal education, often referred to as SLIFE students.

Beth and Orly discuss the importance of assessing students in their native language and the benefits of adopting an asset-based approach to language-learning. They share how nurturing a student’s literacy in their native language can assist their English learning.

The conversation includes the intricacies of identifying students with interrupted or limited formal education, and how to best gather usable data. Orly shares her experience of supporting SLIFE students at the teacher-level and district-level.

In this episode of Equipping ELLs, Orly Klapholz’s experience harmonizes with Beth’s insights to present a roadmap for ESL teachers to support SLIFE students with sensitivity, innovation, and inclusion.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:
  • navigating your students’ native language
  • the path to inclusive education
  • the bridge of literacy
  • empowering SLIFE students
  • embracing native language assessment
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We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.



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