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October 2005 through September 2012

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English Language Learners Materials

What Can a Mathematics Teacher Do for the English Language Learner?


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Typical Characteristics of the Advanced Language Learner

  • Participates in social and academic conversations with some pauses to restate, repeat, or search for words
  • Speaks in some detail on familiar topics
  • Able to write in some detail on familiar topics
  • Uses increasingly complex sentence structures in the present, past, and future tenses
  • Occasional dependence on visuals, verbal cues, and gestures
  • May still pause and search for words
  • Participates in group discussions on familiar and unfamiliar topics, through visuals, verbal cues, gestures to support understanding
  • Can identify main points and most important details
  • Requests clarification when needed

(Adapted from Jameson, 1998; Texas Education Agency, 2006b.)

Some Suggested Strategies (in addition to those introduced in previous levels)

  • Continue to scaffold lessons by making them comprehensible and interactive.
  • Continue to use graphic organizers such as charts, tables, graphs related to math content, and other conceptual visual aids. Examples: Frayer Model, Bubble map, Venn Diagram, and other strategies identified in previous level as needed to support the learner and provide opportunities for success.
  • Actively teach thinking and study skills.
  • Have students design questions, directions, and activities for others to follow.
  • Encourage solo reading.
  • Continue to provide structured response stems to open-ended questions.
  • Support abstract thinking.
  • Provide increased opportunities for writing.
  • Foster increased development of higher order thinking skills.


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