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ERIC Number: EJ1417387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2024
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-1306-3030
Language Demands in Undergraduate Mathematics Courses
Meghan Odsliv Bratkovich; Jane Harvey; Katherine M. Hellmann; Kimberly A. Cooper
International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, v19 n1 Article em0760 2024
This study examines language demands in undergraduate university mathematics classes with a view to better preparing and supporting international and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students in the United States universities. We observed and analyzed the language demands of 13 entry-level mathematics classes across two large universities. Findings showed that mathematics instruction required extensive and varied listening skills requiring students to listen to long and uninterrupted stretches of sometimes fast paced speech. Technical vocabulary contributed to the language demands, but instructors used both academic and colloquial varieties of language in instruction, interweaving mathematical nouns with phrasal verbs to explain mathematical processes. We suggest a greater focus on development of academic listening skills in English language classes as well as potential collaboration with mathematics campus resources and faculty for additional student support for preparing CLD students for potential future discourse practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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