ERIC Number: EJ722194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-15
Reference Count: 14
EAL Undergraduates Learning Mathematics
Barton, B.; Chan, R.; King, C.; Neville-Barton, P.; Sneddon, J.
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science & Technology, v36 n7 p721-729 Oct 2005
This paper reports on a third study in a series aimed at investigating the issues surrounding the learning of mathematics at The University of Auckland by students who have English as an Additional Language (EAL students). As well as summarizing the earlier studies, it presents some new data showing that the problems experienced by EAL students are not experienced by first language English students (L1 students). The consequences of these studies for undergraduate mathematics at The University of Auckland are explored using English language proficiency data for the whole of the 2005 undergraduate mathematics cohort. This data shows that the consequences of having large numbers of EAL students in an undergraduate mathematics cohort are likely to be much more important than expected, and that recent initiatives to raise literacy entrance levels are having some effect. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, English for Academic Purposes, Second Language Learning, Mathematics, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Numeracy, Mathematics Education, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand