Teaching Mathematics to English Language Learners

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Today's mathematics classrooms increasingly include students for whom English is a second language. Teaching Mathematics to English Language Learners provides readers a comprehensive understanding of both the challenges that face English language learners (ELLs) and ways in which educators might address them in the secondary mathematics classroom. Framed by a research perspective, Teaching Mathematics to English Language Learners presents practical instructional strategies for engaging learners that can be incorporated as a regular part of instruction. The authors offer context-specific strategies for everything from facilitating classroom discussions with all students, to reading and interpreting math textbooks, to tackling word problems. A fully annotated list of math web and print resources completes the volume, making this a valuable reference to help mathematics teachers meet the challenges of including all learners in effective instruction.

Features and updates to this new edition include:

  • An updated and streamlined Part 1 provides an essential overview of ELL theory in a mathematics specific context.
  • Additional practical examples of mathematics problems and exercises make turning theory into practice easy when teaching ELLs
  • New pedagogical elements in Part 3 include tips on harnessing new technologies, discussion questions and reflection points.
  • New coverage of the Common Core State Standards, as well as updates to the web and print resources in Part 4.
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Meet the Author

Gladis Kersaint is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of South Florida, USA.

Denisse R. Thompson is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of South Florida, USA.

Mariana Petkova has a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from University of South Florida, USA.She worked as a Math teacher in an International Baccalaureate High School in Tampa and now works in the Educational System in Bulgaria.

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Table of Contents

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Pt. 1 Your English Language Learner Tony Erben Erben, Tony 1

1.1 Orientation 3

1.2 The Process of English Language Learning and What to Expect 5

1.3 Deciding on the Best ESOL Program 13

1.4 Teaching for English Language Development 18

1.5 Not All ELLs are the Same 22

1.6 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy 27

1.7 Not All Parents are the Same: Home-School Communication 30

1.8 English Language Learners with Special Needs 33

Pt. 2 Influences on the Mathematical Attainment of English Language Learners 37

2.1 Overview: Influences on the Mathematical Attainment of English Language Learners 39

2.2 Providing an Equitable Mathematics Education to English Language Learners: Mathematics Education Standards 42

2.3 The Nature of Mathematics Language 46

2.4 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 53

2.5 Cultural Influences on Mathematics Learning and Engagement 60

2.6 Assessment Results, Practices, and Procedures 66

2.7 Recommendations for Improving the Mathematics Preparation of English Language Learners 72

Pt. 3 Best Practices to Support English Language Learners in the Mathematics Classroom 77

3.1 Overview: Classroom Environments that Support English Language Learners 79

3.2 Orchestrating Classroom Discourse to Support Mathematics Concept and Language Development 81

3.3 Strategies to Help English Language Learners Understand Mathematics Language 91

3.4 Emphasizing and Supporting Problem Solving 112

3.5 Assessing English Language Learners in Equitable Ways 121

3.6 Teaching Mathematics in Ways that are Culturally Responsive 130

3.7 Strategies for Mathematics Teachers Who Are Themselves English Language Learners139

Resources 146

Glossary 154

Notes 156

References 157

Index 167

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