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, online course and optional community of practice will encourage ESOL teachers to look for where, when, and how it makes sense to include math in lessons while continuing to focus on language acquisition and effective communication. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL instructors interested in integrating math into their language acquisition classroom. No prior math background is needed. The content is appropriate for all ESOL levels.

This 6-hour, asynchronous course provides conceptual understanding of math topics around whole numbers, including cultural differences in procedures and notation. The course offers strategies and lesson ideas for making math accessible to all levels of ESOL students. During the course, you will engage with some math practice activities, watch videos of ESOL students working on math problems, view animations of math concepts, and learn about instructional strategies you might use in your own classroom. 

You are also strongly encouraged to attend the 2-hour community of practice virtual meeting that follows the online course closure on April 24.


  • Self-paced online modules: Open March 25 through April 22
  • Community of Practice meeting: April 24 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. (optional)

Please note: About one week before the event, registrants will receive a separate email from the SABES Math Team at TERC (sherry_soares@terc.edu) with instructions on how to access the course.  

Did you know? Getting Started with Integrating Math in the ESOL Classroom professional development may be bundled with other ESOL and Math PD offerings to earn Professional Development Points (PDPs). Learn more here. 

    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 the vocabulary needed for teaching related operations with whole numbers to ESOL learners
  • Reflect on your own teaching vis-à-vis integrating math operations using whole numbers
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
03/25/2024 - 9:00 am
04/24/2024 - 12:30 pm to 04/24/2024 - 2:30 pm
End Date

United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
ESOL/English Learners
Learning Disabilities / Differences
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
PDP Eligible