Supporting Academic Language
HELP Math is unique in its focus on academic language in the context of instruction. It targets vocabulary development and academic English with the following research-based strategies:
- Pre-teach essential vocabulary in context – Building background knowledge (Marzano); KEY WORDS Activity in many lessons
- Repeat and practice of essential words in various different contexts – Academic language is included in every activity and presented in a variety of contexts
- Integrate Academic Language throughout the instruction and interactivity – simultaneous development of math concept and language mastery
- Academic Language is modelled with guided practice, repeated, visualized, explained, and practiced again so that it is rendered understandable/comprehensible, and can be mastered so that the language is ready to be used to develop additional concepts (when a new concept is introduced, key vocabulary is additionally scaffolded, ensuring mastery)
- Synchronicity – of audio, visual, and text, which creates connection between words, symbols, and meaning
- Visual representations - HELP Math provides a visual illustration of concepts (e.g., a figure), as well as English and native language (Spanish) audio and interactivity (e.g., click the butterfly).
- Extra and content-specific vocabulary explained in English and Spanish through hyperlinks and key terms dictionary - always includes text, audio and visual. This pedagogical functionality is included in “Formulas” and “Need More Help” scaffolds
- Scaffolding the linguistic load through repeated exposure to Academic Language in a variety of contexts (e.g., during instruction, learning games, etc.)
- Clear description of academic tasks
- Appropriate speech (pace of virtual math coach, sentence structure, paraphrasing)
- Interactive Notepad - building students’ reasoning and writing skills using academic language
- Interactive Notepad can be used for KWL activities, for example:
- What is my objective for today (know and understand by the end of the class)?
- What do I know about this already (prior knowledge)?
- What new vocabulary was introduced today?
- One question that I would like to ask my teacher is…
HELP Math is effective in developing academic language for Common Core math success
Click here to read Fluent in Math
in edtech Digest
Contact us today for more information