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English Learners in the Mathematics Classroom

Second Edition


August 2014 | 160 pages | Corwin

Research-based strategies to reach English learners – now aligned with the Common Core!

Instead of just watching your English learners struggle, ensure that they develop high-level math skills and gain greater fluency in English. Debra Coggins’ bestselling book has helped many teachers achieve these intertwined goals by offering strategies that support mathematics learning along with language acquisition for English Learners. Now in its second edition, English Learners in the Mathematics Classroom addresses Common Core requirements, enabling your students to build 21st century skills that will serve them well into the future.

Through this trusted resource, you’ll develop specialized teaching strategies that can be adapted across grade levels for students at all stages of English language acquisition. You’ll discover

  • Mathematics lesson scenarios in every chapter, directly connected to the Common Core Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Instructional approaches that promote participation, hands-on learning, and true comprehension of mathematics concepts that benefit all students
  • Sample lessons, visuals, and essential vocabulary that connect mathematical concepts with language development

Whether you are rediscovering this book or picking it up for the first time, you’ll find standards-based strategies that will enable your English learners to enjoy and master mathematics. 

“The ideas and strategies in this book, supported by research and field experiences, will benefit ALL students because they are addressing learning challenges that are common for many learners."
Trudy Mitchell, Middle School Math Consultant
San Diego, CA

"This is by far the best book on designing mathematics instruction for English learners. The short but thorough research reviewed in each chapter gives background for why the teaching tips are so important in developing mathematically literate students."
Dan Battey, Associate Professor
Rutgers University
 
Preface
 
Foreword by Miriam A. Leiva
 
Introduction
 
1. Developing Conversational Language: Help English Learners
Talk-to-Learn During Mathematics Lessons

 
Rationale From Research

 
Mathematics Teaching Example: Sorting Shapes (Geometric Attributes)

 
Discussion of the Mathematics Teaching Example

 
Teaching Tips

 
Discussion of Conversational Language

 
Conversational Language Research

 
 
2. Developing Academic Language: Develop Mathematics Concepts and Vocabulary for English Learners
Rationale From Research

 
Mathematics Teaching Example: Number Riddles (Addition and Subtraction Word Problems)

 
Discussion of the Mathematics Teaching Example

 
Teaching Tips

 
Discussion of Academic Language Development

 
Academic Language Research

 
Discussion and Project Questions

 
 
3. Scaffolding: Give Support for Both Mathematics and Language Learning
Rationale From Research

 
Mathematics Teaching Example: Table Arrangement Problem

 
Discussion of the Mathematics Teaching Example

 
Teaching Tips

 
Discussion of Scaffolding in Mathematics

 
Scaffolding Research

 
Discussion and Project Questions

 
 
4. The Role of Concrete Materials: Utilize Objects to Develop Mathematical Understanding for English Learners
Rationale From Research

 
Mathematics Teaching Example: District Benchmark (Multiply By a Fraction)

 
Discussion of Mathematics Teaching Example

 
Teaching Tips

 
Discussion of Concrete Materials in Mathematics

 
Concrete Materials Research

 
Discussion and Project Questions

 
 
5. Visual Learning: Provide Mathematical and Organizational Representations As a Regular Component of Instruction
Rationale From Research

 
Mathematics Teaching Example: How Many Chairs? (Two-Digit Multiplication)

 
Discussion of Mathematics Teaching Example

 
Teaching Tips

 
Visual Learning Research

 
Discussion and Project Questions

 
 
6. Questioning Strategies: Ask Questions to Foster Students' Learning of Mathematics and English
Rationale From Research

 
Mathematics Teaching Example: Snail Races (Probability)

 
Discussion of Mathematics Teaching Example

 
Teaching Tips

 
Discussion of Questioning Strategies in Mathematics

 
Questioning in Mathematics Research

 
Discussion and Project Questions

 
 
7. Comprehensible Input: Combine Many Strategies to Develop Mathematics Concepts Through Clear and Effective Instruction
Rationale From Research

 
Mathematics Teaching Example: Similar Shapes, Multiplicative Scaling, and Proportion

 
Discussion of Mathematics Teaching Example

 
Teaching Tips

 
Discussion of Comprehensible Input in Mathematics

 
Comprehensible Input Research

 
Discussion and Project Questions

 
 
Appendix
A 1.1 Geometric Shapes

 
A 3.1 Blank Planning Map

 
A 3.2 Sample Planning Map

 
A 6.1 Gameboard for Snail Races

 
A 6.2 Questions List

 
 
References

"This book provides an updated and integrated look at math instruction with specific lessons and examples so that teachers can use it in their professional development settings."

Maria Dufek, Educational Consultant
MBD Educational Consulting Inc, Boulder City, NV

"This book addresses common issues and challenges classroom teachers face as they deal with diverse groups of students, including English Language Learners. The ideas and strategies, supported by research and field experiences, will benefit ALL students because they are addressing learning challenges that are common for many learners."

Trudy Mitchell, Middle School Math Consultant
San Diego, CA

"This is by far the best book on designing mathematics instruction for English Language Learners.  I particularly like how the teaching tips do not dumb down or oversimplify instructional strategies for teachers.  The short but thorough research reviewed in each chapter gives background for why the teaching tips are so important in developing mathematically literate students."

Dan Battey, Associate Professor
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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