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Topic: LEP students in AP Calculus
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Elisse Ghitelman

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LEP students in AP Calculus
Posted: Feb 13, 1998 5:42 PM
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I have two students in my BC Calculus class this year who have real issues
with their level of English proficiency. One boy is Chinese, the other
Russian. Neither has been in the US more than 1.5 years (This is their
first full academic year in the US).

Both students seem to understand a reasonably high percentage of material
that is in the text and is "very mathematical" (eg calculations of
derivatives, integrals, simple applications of either). However, they have
great difficulty with the problems I use on tests, which are largely old AP
problems.

While I think the issue is language, another problem may be the difference
in philosphy in math education between the systems they are coming from and
the "American" system. I expect students to think about what they're doing
and be able to apply it in slightly novel ways. From what I've been told,
these students may be more used to being expected to be able to perform
complicated calcuulations that they have practiced many examples of.

Does anyone out there have any experience with similar students? In
particular, I'm wondering whether there is any chance that they could be
successful on the actual AP exam?

Thanks for any input on this.
Elisse Ghitelman
Newton North High School
Newton, MA, USA




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