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```									Using Math to Teach English

Armen. Hovhannes
City College of San Francisco
ahovhann@ccsf.edu
www.ccsf.edu/shovanes
CATESOL
April 2006
Rationale
   Relevance: Math is related to everything in
life. The so-called “new new” math, or “whole math”,
especially emphasizes this. Math is about problem solving in real-
world situations.
   Economics/Finance –
   Parenting – Assisting kids with homework
   Brainstorm others here:
Rationale (cont.)
    Many students have strong mathematical intelligence.
 math intelligence is an untapped resource in the
ESL classroom
    Many adult students have a lot of math schema in
their L1
    Math is an international language that communicates
meaning.
    Many immigrant students in community college have

    Math is largely missing from most ESL
courses/curricula/materials
Basic Numbers & Math
Go beyond just reciting/repeating the numbers. Spice
up your curriculum with some math basics in English

    Basic math operations vocabulary and expressions
   How to say “plus”, “minus”, “equals”, etc.
   How to pose the questions, i.e., “How much is ...?”

    Percents and fractions

    Decimals and commas
   Note that the use of the point as decimal marker varies in
different countries. Make sure S’s are clear on the use of the point
and the comma in the US.
   How to say large numbers
   How to say numbers with decimals
Basic Math activity
   Math
Dictation
   In the
classroom,
use
calculators
   Or, use
Excel in the
computer
lab.
Math Games and other fun
stuff for students & parents
Games      with math and numbers
    Math Bingos
    Beat the calculator
    Number guessing games “I’m thinking of a number...”

Web sites – just a couple of examples
   Figure this
   At Home with Math
   Education Place Brain Teasers
Personal/Family Finance
This is a real favorite with students. I’ve done it in
various ways. Here’s one:
 Introduce concept and terminology of budgeting.
 Students brainstorm expense categories. (Food,
Rent, Transportation, etc.) This is excellent for
generating vocabulary.
 They can use real, estimated, or fantasy (ex. My
Dream Budget) figures.

They enter their information in a                                       My Expenses

worksheet. (Here is an example.)
They make a Pie Chart of their
Money to my mother
Recreation
10%
2%

expenses. This is an example of                Health
10%
Rent

the same student’s expense chart.
41%

Food
26%                                             Utilities
Transportation
3%
Debt              2%
6%
Macroeconomics
   Budgeting for the larger
community
    How would you spend \$100 billion?

Economic Stimulus Plan   (in billions of \$)

Education, \$20
Tax Cuts -For low
and moderate
income, \$30

Health care , \$20

Unemployment
programs, \$30

   Inventory
   Expense log
   Payroll and taxes
   What’s the sales tax?
Inventory word problem
You work in the bookstore. You have to do an inventory of some new books.
You count the books and find that you have 85 copies of Side by Side2,
120 copies of Focus on Grammar, and 165 copies of Going Places Book 1.
Side by Side costs 21.95 each. Focus on Grammar costs 25.49. Going
Places costs 19.35.

1.What is the total cost of all the books? ____________
2.How many total books are there? _____________

The worksheet might look something like this.
Mileage Expense Report
Payroll – reading the pay stub plus
J&J Construction

Period:                              2/1/2004   Employee Name        Jay Adams   Employee ID           1

Tax Status                           1                                           Hours Worked          35

Hourly Rate                          \$10.00     Overtime Rate        \$15.00      Sick Hours            1

Social Security Tax                  \$32.13     Federal Income Tax   \$127.50     Vacation Hours        0

Medicare Tax                         \$7.40      State Tax            \$11.73      Overtime Hours        10

Insurance Deduction                  \$40.00     Union Dues           \$20.00      Gross Pay             \$510.00

Total Taxes and
Total Taxes and Regular Deductions   \$238.76                                                           \$238.76
Deductions

Net Pay               \$271.25
Statistics
   Class surveys
Though Jeeves, himself, has retired, you can
still use ask.com to find information by
writing regular English questions. Students get
to practice writing wh-questions.
Create a graph in Excel
Students compile their data from the Ask.com
exercise into a chart. They also do a writing activity,
describing the data using comparatives/superlatives.

GDP per capita

Mexico

Peru

China

Armenia

Guatemala

Honduras

Nicaragua

\$-   \$1,000   \$2,000   \$3,000   \$4,000   \$5,000   \$6,000   \$7,000   \$8,000   \$9,000   \$10,000
Demographics

Another great stats site
    www.nationmaster.com
These stats are great for guessing games!

   Helping your Children learn Math
   http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Math
/index.html Good examples of math activities
common in “whole math” curricula.

   The Math Forum @ Drexel University
   http://mathforum.org/            Good resource on
everything in math ed for teachers, students, parents,
and everyone else.
Measurements

   Area, Distance, Temperature, Speed,
others
   Volumes, weights, size
Sports

   Sports Stats
   Who’s the most underpaid player in MLB
today? (according to some commentator guy I just heard on
TV) but then this is just an example of what you can do: You
hear this stuff all the time, so the more current, the better.
Questions relating to sports salaries are of interest even to the
non-sports person.

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