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Math and English Composition

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From: Tim Basaldua
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Mar 17, 2000 at 12:34:33
Subject: Math and English Composition

I am interested in finding teachers who integrate English Composition and Math
in classroom assignments or in exams.
I have been evaluating word problems from text books. I have found them
lacking in clarity. More important, my fellow students at the university I 
attend, can read word problems but few can write or create a word problem in 
clear English. Most fellow students (math majors) do not want the added burden 
of writing in a math course. However, it appears to me that language and
Mathematics are inseparable. I have also noticed, by visiting various college 
Math sites, that some Math departments are requiring students to write a 500 
word composition. Only if the student writes a passable composition is the 
student allowed to register for that class.
I would like to hear from those of you who have an opinion on this matter.

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