Middle School
Math

Teaching Algebra as a Second Language

Students often say trying to understand math is like trying to decipher a foreign language. So let's be their translators! Teaching math as if you are teaching students to speak a second language is a great way to help students see the connections between what they experience in their daily lives and what mathematical concepts represent. This collection includes some of the best ways for math teachers to teach translation skills to their students.
A Collection By AD McDaniel
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Teaching Algebra as a Second Language
  • AD McDaniel says:
    To see what translating the language of algebra looks like in action, watch Language of Algebra: Translating English to Math. Using very clear explanations, a teacher shows how she effectively explains the major terms students need to know in order to translate English words and sentences into mathematical symbols, operations, expressions, and equations.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    Ever had a student say to you that math is too hard to learn? Watch the TEDx talk “Math isn't hard, it's a language” see how approaching math as a language to learn eases students' fears about math's inherent difficulty.
  • AD McDaniel says:
    Not quite sure approaching algebra as a second language is an effective way to approach algebra? This audio podcast will help you gain perspective on how teaching math as a form of language acquisition will benefit your students.
  • The Language of Algebra

    Website
    psychstat.missouristate.edu
    psychstat.missouristate.edu
    AD McDaniel says:
    A clear, concise breakdown of the syntax of algebra – the arrangement of symbols and variables needed to compose “grammatically correct” algebra sentences.
  • Algebra Course Overview

    Website
    adjectivenounmath.com
    adjectivenounmath.com
    AD McDaniel says:
    A one-stop-shop for becoming fluent in the language of algebra: this site contains is a free complete course on teaching algebra though the concepts of language, complete with 24 PowerPoint lessons, 40 accompanying videos, and a supplementary 15-chapter text with solutions.
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BloomBoard Asks:How does fluency in the language of algebra lead to better student outcomes in this math course and beyond?