Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners 6-12: A Guidebook for Teachers / Edition 1by John Carr
Pub. Date: 05/05/2009
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… See more details below
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
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- New Edition
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- 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Table of Contents
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 68 and 912.
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
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