Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/22060
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English language in education
Mathematics
Content learning; primary school teaching
Multilingual context
Singapore
Issue Date: 
2019
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Jones, S. A., & Seilhamer, M. F. (2019). Teaching the language of mathematics at three levels of an English-medium primary school. Oxford Review of Education, 45(5), 639-656. https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2019.1591944
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This study, situated in a multilingual, English-medium educational context, draws on theory from mathematics and language education to capture teachers’ perspectives on the place of language in their mathematics pedagogy. The benchmark study explored this topic through surveying and interviewing teachers. Additionally, it sought to relate teacher’s views to their practice by focusing on observing three teachers’ mathematics lessons at primary one, three, and five. Findings are that mathematics teachers placed importance on teaching language, being specifically concerned with language as input and comprehension. They taught vocabulary and reading skills in supportive ways explicitly yet differently at the three grade levels. Particularly at the lower levels, teachers contextualized language in the concrete examples employed for mathematics teaching. At all three levels, prominence was given to teaching pupils how to read word problems as well as how to solve them. However, at primary three, a tension was observed between the two aims of teaching mathematical vocabulary and teaching the reading skills for word problems. This paper illustrates the tension and discusses its possible causes.
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This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Oxford Review of Education. The published version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2019.1591944
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0305-4985 (print)
1465-3915 (online)
Other Identifiers: 
10.1080/03054985.2019.1591944
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