ERIC Number: ED392316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Numeracy in the Adult ESL Classroom. ERIC Digest.
A discussion of numeracy (the ability to cope confidently with the mathematical demands of everyday life), focuses on provision of numeracy instruction alongside English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction for learners with low literacy skills. It looks first at considerations and methods for assessing student numeracy needs, including the nature of adult learning, student preferences and abilities, and differences in the uses of mathematical symbols and forms of computation in the learners' native language and culture. The discussion then turns to the attitudes and approaches to numeracy of ESL and literacy instructors, who may not be familiar with or comfortable with mathematics or mathematics teaching and may see mathematics skills as discrete and separate from literacy rather than as integral to it. Recommendations for training to teach adult mathematical literacy, based on recent initiatives, are offered. Specific classroom techniques for effective lesson planning and presentation are also outlined. Two numeracy activities, one introducing a place-value chart and one on metric measurement, are offered as illustrations of effective techniques. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Course Content, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Language Teachers, Literacy Education, Mathematics Instruction, Numeracy, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Student Needs, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.