Strategies and Resources for Teaching
Mathematics to
English Language Learners
(ELLs)
Elizabeth Weinick
Elementary Education Major
Spanish Minior
Аз купих 6 рози за деня на майката.
Таня купи 2 пъти повече рози от мен.
Колко рози купи Таня?
6 + 2? 6 – 2? 6 X 2? 6 / 2?
Compré 6 rosas para el día de la madre.
Tanya compró 2 veces más que yo.
¿Cuántas rosas compró Tanya?
I bought 6 roses for mother's day. Tanya
bought 2 times more than me. How many
roses did Tanya buy? 6 X 2 = 12 roses
Difficulties Specific to Mathematics
Linguistic Knowledge
 Conceptual Knowledge
 Procedural Knowledge

Linguistic Knowledge
Dramatize / act out
Alex read 16 pages from his
chapter book during spring
vacation. Marty read 7 fewer
pages than Alex. How many
pages did Marty read?
Alex
Focus on math vocabulary
The …….. of 7 and 4 is 11.
Marty
16
?
7
Conceptual Knowledge
Focus on structure regardless of vocabulary.
Anastasia drew 7 bloops. She drew 3 more bloops
than Daniel. How many bloops did Daniel draw?
Procedural Knowledge
Reading from right to left
 Difference in writing numerals
 Difference between commas and decimals

 5,800,000 = 5.800.000
 2.5 = 2,5
Metric System
 Monetary System

Ally Gator, Ally Gator,
Are you ready for
lunch?
Find the biggest number
and crunch, crunch,
crunch!
Sentence Frames…
• _______ is
greater than _______
_______ est plus de _______
• _______ is
less than _______
_______ est moins de _______
• _______ is
equal to _______
_______ est égal à _______
Strategies for
PRACTICE and
ASSESSMENT
• Using manipulatives
• Give opportunities to
speak and opportunities
to write
• Pairing with a strong
partner
Why was this research
important?

NCTM Conference
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