Eight Components of Sheltering

Sheltered instruction refers to the specific supports and scaffolds teachers must provide second language learners and/or emerging bilinguals in order to develop the complex and multidimensional skills necessary to access grade level content instruction and participate fully in the learning of the class.

Thanks to our collaboration with dedicated educators and multiple organizations that support important work with second language learners and/or emerging bilinguals, Dual Language Education of New Mexico has identified eight components of sheltered instruction, which are comprised of the following: 

  • Focus on language
  • Plan for peer interaction
  • Support meaning with realia
  • Activate prior knowledge and/or create shared knowledge
  • Make text accessible
  • Develop student learning strategies
  • Bridge the two languages, and
  • Affirm identity

DLeNM offers on-site presentations, workshops, and in-class modeling of sheltered instruction components. If you are interested in scheduling a program or professional development event, please contact David Rogers at (505)243-0648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sheltered Instruction Resources:

Soleado Articles—coming soon.


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Planning for Peer Interaction


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