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Mathematics as a second language : looking for a bridge between mathematical language and the language of thought

Pierce-Maberly, Raylene 2007, Mathematics as a second language : looking for a bridge between mathematical language and the language of thought.

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Title Mathematics as a second language : looking for a bridge between mathematical language and the language of thought
Author(s) Pierce-Maberly, Raylene
Conference name Learning Conference 2007 (14th : 2007 : Johannesburg, South Africa)
Conference location Johannesburg, South Aftrica
Publication date 2007
Summary Our thoughts are in one language, and mathematical results are expressed in a language foreign to the way we think. Mathematics is a unique foreign language with all the components of a language; it has its own grammar, vocabulary, conventions, synonyms, sentence structure, and paragraph structure. Students need to learn these components to partake in a thorough discussion of how to read, write, speak and think mathematics. Beginning with the students natural language and expanding that language to include symbolism and logic is the key. Providing lessons in concrete, pictorial, written and verbal terms allows the instructor to create a translation bridge between the grammar of the mother language and the grammar of mathematics. This papers presents methods to create the translation bridge for students so that they become articulate members of the mathematics community. The students "mother" language, expanded to include the symbols of mathematics and logic, is the the key to both the learning of mathematics and its effective application to problem situations. The use of appropriate language is the key to making mathematics understandable.
Language eng
Field of Research 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
130309 Learning Sciences
HERDC Research category EN.1 Other conference paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023925

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
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