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ERIC Number: ED505968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-17
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
Using Two Languages When Learning Mathematics: How Can Research Help Us Understand Mathematics Learners Who Use Two Languages? Research Brief
Moschkovich, Judit
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
This article summarizes research on how students who are bilingual or learning English use two languages and examines how this research is relevant to mathematics classrooms. It is easy to notice that bilingual students sometimes use two languages. It is more difficult to know whether this practice might be significant to learning mathematics. What does research say about when, how, or why students switch from one language to another? How can research help us understand whether switching languages impacts or reflects mathematical reasoning? Although research in mathematics education is beginning to consider students who are bilingual and/or learning English, research on this student population from fields outside of mathematics education also provides important information. This article also summarizes research from psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics on using two languages relevant to participation in mathematics classrooms. (Contains 8 endnotes.) [This Research Brief is based on Judit Moschkovich's article "Using Two Languages When Learning Mathematics," in Educational Studies in Mathematics (2007), found at EJ757654.]
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics