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ERIC Number: EJ862806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Supporting Math Vocabulary Acquisition
Bay-Williams, Jennifer M.; Livers, Stefanie
Teaching Children Mathematics, v16 n4 p238-245 Nov 2009
Providing appropriate language support is important for all students and essential to the success of English Language Learners (ELLs), struggling readers, and students with learning disabilities. In a mathematics classroom, the support includes the ongoing development of everyday vocabulary--such as names of fruit and actions such as skipping--and academic vocabulary, such as "perimeter," "product," and "line of best fit." The importance of explicitly teaching vocabulary has been well documented and has received much attention, yet when and how to introduce the vocabulary has received far less attention. The authors suggest that this timing is essential to the development of both language and mathematical understanding. In this article, the authors share considerations and strategies to guide decision making related to when and how to provide appropriate vocabulary support to maximize a student's access to mathematics. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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