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ERIC Number: ED495554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-2
Pages: 144
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-9-781-4129-3759-7
English Language Learners in the Mathematics Classroom
Coggins, Debra; Kravin, Drew; Coates, Grace Davila; Carroll, Maria Dreux
Corwin Press
Whether teaching mathematics in a contained elementary classroom, as a specialized math teacher, or as an ELL teacher, this new resource will help meet the needs of English Language Learners. Offering strategies, guidelines, and classroom vignettes, this book demonstrates how to adjust mathematics instruction to make the learning less language-dependent while fostering language development. With straightforward terms and examples, this text helps teachers develop specialized understanding and knowledge of strategies for supporting a high level of mathematics learning along with language acquisition for ELLs. The authors show how to use conversational, everyday language to bridge the development of mathematical concepts and offer links to accompanying academic vocabulary. Incorporating multimodal strategies and rich use of manipulatives, this handbook provides specific suggestions for teaching standards-based mathematics and: (1) Demonstrates how to incorporate ELL supports and strategies through sample lessons; (2) Uses concrete materials and visuals to connect mathematical concepts with language development; (3) Focuses on essential mathematical vocabulary; and (4) Includes brief research summaries with rationales for recommended practices. Combining rigorous mathematics content with language development strategies, this book helps elementary and middle school educators make mathematics an exciting component of a positive future for English Language Learners. Follow a preface and a foreword, this handbook is divided into eight chapters: (1) Developing Conversational Language: Help English Learners Talk-to-Learn During Mathematics Lessons; (2) Developing Academic Language: Develop Mathematics Concepts and Vocabulary for English Learners; (3) Scaffolding: Give Support for Both Mathematics and Language Learning; (4) The Role of Concrete Materials: Utilize Objects to Develop Mathematical Understanding for English Learners; (5) Visual Learning: Provide Mathematical and Organizational Representations as a Regular Component of Instruction; (6) Questioning Strategies: Ask Questions to Foster Students' Learning of Mathematics and English; (7) Comprehensible Input: Combine Many Strategies to Develop Mathematics Concepts Through Clear and Effective Instruction; and (8) Appendix. This book concludes with an Index.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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