Capstone/Dissertation Title

ESL math demystified: a framework for integrating mainstream math objectives into the ESL math classroom

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can manipulatives and math games be integrated with the mainstream math curriculum in the ESL math support classroom? It includes a curriculum framework that aligns with objectives from a mainstream math curriculum. The objectives learned are paired with hands-on activities or games for use in the ESL support class. This project was created for secondary ESL teachers and mainstream math teachers who wish to align instruction. Linguistic theories include Cummins' theories of Language Acquisition, and Krashen's Acquisition Learning Hypothesis. Psychological theories include Constructivism through Piaget and Vygotsky. Sheltered instruction and SIOP are discussed. Best practices for math: focus on applications of problem solving, reasoning, communication, and real word connections. Tips for improving collaborative relationships are also suggested.

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