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Topic: Math as a second language
Replies: 1   Last Post: Jul 20, 1995 11:35 PM

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Rick Kurtz

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Math as a second language
Posted: Jul 20, 1995 11:41 AM
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I teach in a small (pop 1000) northern Canadian town where the first
language is Cree. I do not spaek or understand Cree - except a few words
picked up along the way. All of my students speak cree at home and almost
all conversations amoung themselves is also in Cree. The language of
instruction in the school is English (albeit, the Canadian variety).
English is taught from pre-school on up although in grades k-7 the classes
have a Cree speaking teacher assistant.

Does anyone know of resourses or studies done relating to teaching
mathematics in this kind of atmosphere. Many of the learning problems I
have to deal with are related to a lack of understanding English? None of
my university classes in math methods ever prepared me for this type of

The students (& their parents) are not able to read Cree. Even if they
could, there is very little written in the language. Having books
translated would not be a viable option.

I have been following this group for the past 4-5 months and find some very
intelligent people sharing some important views. I hope someone has
suggestions about second language problems, or at least I may find someone
with similar problems that I can share ideas with.

Rick Kurtz, Teacher
Southend, Saskatchewan, Canada
fax 306-758-2014
tel 306-758-2037

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