ADVANCING RESEARCH, IMPROVING EDUCATION
What Can a Mathematics Teacher Do for the English Language Learner?
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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