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Part of learning a new language is learning how to talk about math. Unfortunately, math has traditionally not been a regular part of adult ESOL instruction and many ESOL teachers are not comfortable teaching it. This self-paced, moderated online course is the second in a series for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills in their ESOL classrooms.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Any ESOL instructor interested in integrating math into his or her language acquisition classroom. No prior math background is needed. However, instructors must have first successfully completed Mathematizing ESOL I.

Mathematizing ESOL II is designed to give you the math knowledge you need to integrate benchmark fractions, percentages, and decimals into your language classrooms. You will engage in math activities, reflect on your own knowledge and assumptions about math, and learn strategies for integrating benchmark numbers in ESOL lessons while continuing to focus on language acquisition and effective communication.

The optional culminating project is to create, with the guide of a rubric, a lesson plan for ESOL students that integrates math and incorporates the key elements of each lesson in this course. 

This course runs over 6 weeks. The estimated time to complete the course (not including the optional final project) is 18 hours.

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Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Use benchmarks to visualize, compare, and describe fractions, percentages, and decimals
  • Identify strategies for teaching conceptual understanding of percentages
  • Identify strategies for teaching conceptual understanding of decimals
  • Create and teach lessons that use strategies for integrating percentages and decimals in a language classroom
  • Define and scaffold vocabulary needed for teaching percentages and decimals to ESOL learners

Mathematizing ESOL I

01/09/2017 - 12:15am
End Date: 
02/20/2017 - 11:45pm
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
ESOL/English Language Learner
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
PDP Eligible: 
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