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ESOL student working on math problems using visuals

NOTE: This course was formerly entitled "Mathematizing ESOL I". The content of this course is identical to its predecessor.

Part of learning a new language is learning how to talk about math. Unfortunately, math has not traditionally been a regular part of adult ESOL instruction, and many ESOL teachers are not comfortable teaching it. This self-paced, facilitated online course is the first in a series for ESOL teachers who would like to deepen their understanding of math and learn how to integrate math and numeracy skills into their ESOL classrooms.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Any ESOL instructor interested in integrating math into his or her language acquisition classroom. No prior math background is needed.

This online, facilitated course provides conceptual understanding of math topics around whole numbers, including cultural differences in procedures and notation, and offers strategies for making math accessible to all levels of ESOL students. Each lesson contains several math practice activities, discussion questions, video clips, and lesson ideas. During the course, you will be asked to:

  • Carefully review course content and related documents and videos
  • Complete and submit math activities
  • Respond to discussion questions
  • Read the responses of other participants

Please note: About one week before the event, registrants will receive a separate email from from the SABES Math Team at TERC with instructions on how to access the course and attend the recommended Zoom welcome session on October 15. THIS IS THE ONLY LIVE MEETING. The course itself is asynchronous and runs over a five-week period, from October 15 to November 19.

The estimated time to complete the course is 18 hours (not including the optional final project). Upon successful completion of the course, all participants may download a certificate of completion.

Optional: Participants may earn 18 PDPs by completing a culminating project: creating (with the guide of a rubric) a lesson plan for ESOL students that integrates math and incorporates the key elements of each lesson in this course. Complete requirement details for earning PDPs are available from the facilitators. 

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast math notation in the United States and other countries
  • Describe key elements of effective planning for math integration
  • Articulate the different meanings of subtraction and division
  • Perform basic operations using U.S. and European algorithms
  • Scaffold vocabulary needed for teaching related operations with whole numbers for ESOL learners
  • Reflect on your own teaching vis-à-vis integrating math operations using whole numbers
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
10/15/2021 - 1:00 pm to 10/15/2021 - 2:00 pm
End Date

United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
ESOL/English Learners
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy