ADVANCING RESEARCH, IMPROVING EDUCATION
What Can a Mathematics Teacher Do for the English Language Learner?
Typical Characteristics of the Advanced High Language Learner
- Participates in social and academic conversations with only occasional disruptions or pauses
- Requires minimal English language assistance
- Communicates effectively on abstract topics, except when specialized or academically demanding vocabulary is needed
- Participates in reading and writing activities
- Experiences some difficulties with abstract, cognitively demanding topics when a high degree of literacy is required
- Writing is nearly comparable to native English-speaking peers
(Adapted from Jameson, 1998; Texas Education Agency, 2006b.)
Some Suggested Strategies (in addition to those introduced in previous levels)
- Continue to make lessons comprehensible and interactive.
- Continue to provide structured response stems to open ended questions.
- Actively teach thinking and study skills.
- Promote critical analysis and evaluation of pertinent problems and solutions.
- Continue to work at increasing academic content language.
- Model mega-cognitive processes by thinking aloud.
- Be aware of typical writing errors of students in same language groups.
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