Supporting English Language Learners in Mathematics

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Math
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Supporting English Language Learners in Mathematics

SUPPORTING ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN MATHEMATICS

"The analogy of a chess player has been used to illustrate the various mental attitudes toward the acquisition of mathematical knowledge. One who simply reads a mathematical text, or hears an explanation, is like an onlooker at a game of chess, who sees that each move is made in accordance with the rules, and that finally one player or another wins. It is a great step in advance when the player sees also why these moves were made rather than some others. This likewise has its evident analogy in mathematics". - The Teaching of Mathematics

DISCOVER THE WHY

An English Language Learner (E.L.L) identifies students who require support for the English language. Both the English as a Second Language (E.S.L) and Enligh Literacy Development (E.L.D) are programs that provide support for language development. Children considered to be an ELL learner can be either Canadian born or newly arrived from another country.

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN MATHEMATICS

1. Linguistic Knowledge2. Procedural Knowledge3. Conceptual Knowledge

Adjusting to a new country or environment could take several years. There are many challenges for ELL students. These challenges are mentioned above. Learning new academic content and vocabulary. ELL students always feel as though they are catching up, therefore vocabulary planning is critical.

TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Teaching English as a second language requires teachers to create a safe and positive learning environment. In doing so, these students feel valued and appreciated. To promote inclusion, there are number of strategies teachers can implement in the classroom setting:1. Dual Language Learning: integrate native language with English language to facilitate learning2. Celebrate Differences3. Opportunities to share experiences4. Cooperative Learning5. Post classroom timetable in the class6. Assign peers to help with the transition process (participation )

There are several teaching strategies that teachers can implement to differentiate instruction and support ELL students. Some strategies include:1. Simplifying Vocabulary: everyday use words.2. Use non-verbal cues: gestures , facial expressions and hand signals3. Visual support and manipulatives (graphic organizers, snap cubes, rods, blocks, counters etc.)4. Scaffolding5. Identify Text Strategies6. Flexible Grouping7. Modelling activities for students

TEACHING STRATEGIES

THE ROLE OF ORAL LANGUAGE: MATH TALK

USEFUL APPS

1. Use frequent visual supports and visual checklist.2. Repeat the pronunciation of words 3. Create a mathematical word wall with visuals as an aid4. Check often for comprehension5. Sentence frames 5. Activate prior knowledge; make connections to experiences and interests

RESOURCES

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid" -Albert Einstein

ELL, ESL and ELD Programs and ServicesSupporting ELLwith Limited Prior SchoolingEnglish Literacy Developmenthttp://oame.on.ca/mathies/learningTools.php


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