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Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers, Grades 6-12

By John Carr, Cathy Carroll, Sarah Warner, Mardi Gale, Rachel Lagunoff, Ursula Sexton

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This practical book helps upper elementary, 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, such as 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.

The guide includes:

  • Rubrics to help teachers identify the most important language skills at five English language development levels
  • Practical guidance and tips from research and 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.

Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-0-914409-68-7
Copyright: 2009
Format: Trade Paper
Pages: 128
Publisher: WestEd

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Praise for this Resource

  • “This book’s clear, understandable writing style makes complex ideas accessible. The authors explain how teaching strategies that are good for English learners are good for all diverse learners – this principle is the heart of equity.”

    Kathlan Latimer, Lecturer at University of California, Davis, CalTeach/MAST Program
  • “Great guidebook! I look forward to using it with many teachers.”

    Jivan Dhaliwal, Mathematics Coordinator, Santa Clara County, California Office of Education
  • “The book presents clear examples of ways teachers can adapt activities and make modifications to lessons that are specific to different English proficiency levels, including effective strategies to connect the teaching of language and mathematics.”

    Sylvia Celedón-Pattichis, Associate Professor of Bilingual Education, Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, University of New Mexico