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Resource: Guide to Making Math Accessible to ELLs

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WestEd has published a guidebook, "Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners," designed for teachers who don't have much training in how to teach math to English-language learners. The promotion for the book says it contains rubrics for helping teachers identify language skills at different proficiency levels, as well as sample lesson "scenarios."

Two years ago, WestEd published a guidebook for teaching science to ELLs.

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I had a SIFE student once who had no education in her home country. She came in 4th grade and as she knew 4 or 5 languages already the listening and speaking of English was easy to learn. Reading and writing were not and she lagged in Math as well. We were finally able to learn to read and write but none of us seemed to know how to teach her math so she could "get it". A woman who volunteered for a time had taught "ESL Math" in a Catholic school in Chicago came and spent 6 months with working with the girl teaching her concepts. The girl began learning math and while she struggled for a couple of years after that (I spent a whole summer, working with her twice a week in Math), she passed the Math B exam last year in NYS, which is so difficult 50% fail it, and is planning to become a doctor.

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