As classrooms become more diverse and rich, educators are finding the need to ask this question with great empathy: What is it like to learn math in a different language?
Thankfully, advances in research are helping educators uncover the strategies and solutions for providing ELLs equal access to rigorous learning. We now know that academic discourse and language processing is an integral component of deeper learning in any academic subject for all students.
"There's a myth sometimes that English learners learn differently or that they need a different type of instruction, and in fact, they just need good instruction."
-Nigel Nisbet, MIND Research Institute
The Science of Learning
What is it like to be an English language learner in a math classroom? Nigel Nisbet, Vice President of Content Creation at MIND Research Institute, guides the audience through the experience of being a student in a math class taught in Welsh. Experience the lesson yourself in this presentation:
Presented at the DALI Superintendents Summit as well as the Deeper Learning Symposium: Empowering Your Math Superheroes.
Equitable Access: Language is the Key to Learning
Take a deep dive with leading ELL education advocate and expert Kathleen Leos, into the importance of teaching mathematical language and concepts simultaneously and how to make this a reality in your schools, classrooms and communities.
Presented at the Deeper Learning Symposium: Empowering Your Math Superheroes.
Resources To Support Math Education For ELLs
Here are some related resources to share with your colleagues or to use for staff development:
- Infographic: Breaking Barriers to Math Success for English Language Learners
- What's Making a Difference in Math Education for ELLs?
- What If You Held Your Math Program Accountable for Long-Lasting Impact?
See all the resources from the Deeper Learning Symposium. And to find out more about our professional development programs, you can request information below: