[Numeracy 552] Re: QUESTION: Teaching math and numberacy skills to adults learning English

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Pat Fina mathcabinet at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 08:31:16 EDT 2010


Hi, Miriam,

You might find http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/1999/math-0512.html of
interest, even though the subjects were bilingual children.

Regarding differences in computational methods, Peppercorn Books offers a
booklet by Mary Jane Schmitt, "The Answer Is Still the Same...It Doesn't
Matter How You Got It!".

Peace,

Pat Fina

On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM, Istas, Brooke <IstasB at cowley.edu> wrote:


> Calling all Math and Numeracy Instructors, Experts, Researchers,

> Administrators, and etc.!!!

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> The following is a message from Miriam Burt, the Adult English Language

> Acquisition list Moderator. She posed this question to her list but I

> believe that many of the subscribers to this list could answer her. So my

> fellow colleagues, can we help find some of these answers to her questions?

> Let’s hear your thoughts!

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> Brooke Istas

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> Math and Numeracy List Moderator

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> Hi, all.

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> This is a request for information/ideas/assistance from me:

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> Someone asked me last week what I knew about research and practice for

> teaching math and numeracy skills to adult English language learners in the

> United States. I said I’d look into it for them.

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> I looked online and found several articles from Great Britain, some from

> India, and some from Australia. I found *nothing *specifically on this

> topic for adult English language learners in the United States.

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> It seems to me we should be fertile ground here for work on this topic.

> Like practitioners in other English-speaking countries we may have learners

> who know their math skills but a) know names for the concepts and processes

> in a different language and b) use different processes when doing math than

> what if often taught here – different ways of doing long division and so on.

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> But in the U.S. we also have the issue of measurement… we don’t use the

> metric system generally, and instead have our own system (originally taken

> from England, who themselves joined the rest of the world when they went

> metric in 1971.)

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> So – I’m interested in the following

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> 1. Does anyone know of work being done with adult English language

> learners in the US on math and numeracy?

> 2. What issues have you come across with adult English language

> learners and math?

> 3. What do you find works in your classroom when teaching math and

> literacy skills to adult English language learners?

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> Thanks for any ideas you can offer.

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> Miriam

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> Miriam Burt

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> Moderator, discussion list for adult English language acquisition

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> Center for Applied Linguistics

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> mburt at cal.org

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> Thanks so much, Brooke.

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> Miriam

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