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Teaching algebra to a non-English speaker

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From: Roya (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Dec 12, 2002 at 17:39:07
Subject: Re: Teaching algebra to a non-English speaker

Hi Jason,

Has the student had any algebra back home?  He might have, if he is placed
in Algebra II.  If so, use the mathematical (algebra) notations he already
knows as the base of common language between you and the student.  Slowly
introduce him/her to the mathematical vocabulary in English and then the
new materials/concepts.

The student might not be able to attempt solving the word problems (physics
and chemistry problems found in many Algebra II curricula) if they are not
translated into Spanish, even if he understands the mathematical concepts
behind them.

Here is a link to Spanish language math resources:

http://mathforum.org/teachers/spanish/

More Spanish resources from the Math Forum's Internet Library:

http://mathforum.org/library/languages/spanish/

And resources for ESL teachers:

http://mathforum.org/library/ed_topics/contexts_esl/branch.html

Good luck to you and your student.

 -Roya Salehi, for the T2T service


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