Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners 6-12: A Guidebook for Teachers / Edition 1

Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners 6-12: A Guidebook for Teachers / Edition 1

by John Carr, Cathy Caroll, Sarah Cremer, Mardi Gale
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0914409689

ISBN-13: 9780914409687

Pub. Date: 05/05/2009

Publisher: WestEd


This practical book helps middle and high school mathematics teachers effectively reach English learners in their classrooms. Designed for teachers who have had limited preparation for teaching mathematics to English learners, the guide offers an integrated approach to teaching mathematics content and English language skills, including guidance on best

Overview


This practical book helps middle and high school mathematics teachers effectively reach English learners in their classrooms. Designed for teachers who have had limited preparation for teaching mathematics to English learners, the guide offers an integrated approach to teaching mathematics content and English language skills, including guidance on best instructional practices from the field, powerful and concrete strategies for teaching mathematics content along with academic language, and sample lesson scenarios that can be implemented immediately in any mathematics class. It includes:

  • Rubrics to help teachers identify the most important language skills at five ELD levels
  • Practical guidance and tips from the field
  • Seven scaffolding strategies for differentiating instruction
  • Seven tools to promote mathematical language
  • Assessment techniques and accommodations to lower communication barriers for English learners
  • Three integrated lesson scenarios demonstrating how to combine and embed these various strategies, tools, techniques, and approaches
Chapter topics include teaching inquiry-based mathematics, understanding first and second language development, teaching the language of mathematics, scaffolding mathematics learning, and applying strategies in the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780914409687
Publisher:
WestEd
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
644,460
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents


Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1. Teaching Mathematics

This chapter reviews inquiry-based mathematics instruction and shows how three modes of instruction apply

to English learners. The concept of differentiation for English learners is introduced.


Chapter 2. Understanding Language Development

Three theories of first- and second-language acquisition are succinctly defined. The three theories have

practical implications for how teachers instruct English learners in their classrooms.


Chapter 3. Understanding Five Levels of English Language Development

When teachers know how to judge English learners' English proficiency levels, they can provide appropriate

support. This chapter defines student skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking at five

levels of English language development, and at grade spans 6—8 and 9—12.


Chapter 4. Teaching the Language of Mathematics

Powerful strategies for helping English learners learn and use academic language are described. These

strategies support students to engage in the discourse of mathematics.


Chapter 5. Scaffolding Mathematics Learning

Scaffolds are temporary supports that can enable English learners to grasp concepts otherwise beyond their

reach. Seven instructional strategies to scaffold students' understanding of mathematics are introduced.


Chapter 6. Assessing English Learners

Thischapter explains how to use assessment accommodations to more accurately and fairly assess English

learners' understanding of mathematics content.


Chapter 7. Applying Strategies in the Classroom

Excerpts from three mathematics lessons demonstrate how to integrate tools and strategies from each of the

previous chapters.


Appendix A

Appendix B

About the Authors

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