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ERIC Number: EJ868795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
Registers for Mathematics Classrooms in Malta: Considering the Options
Farrugia, Marie Therese
For the Learning of Mathematics, v29 n1 p20-25 2009
Classroom mathematics in Malta is generally communicated through code-switching between the national language Maltese and the country's second language English. This is because not all mathematical words have Maltese equivalents and furthermore, mathematics textbooks are UK publications. I consider the language used for spoken communication and the language used in written mathematical texts as "registers", and I reflect on three possibilities for register use in Maltese classrooms. The first option is to use English for both spoken and written modes, as suggested by our National Minimum Curriculum; the second is to use Maltese for both; the third is to use code-switching for verbal interaction, alongside English for written texts. For each option, I reflect on the apparent benefits and possible issues arising. One recurrent theme is the need for careful consideration of the use of mathematical verbs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malta