Mathematizing ESOL II: Integrating Benchmark Percentages and Decimals

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This course is brought to you through a partnership between World Education and the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC. It was developed by the MA SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy at TERC, with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This course is also offered for free to MA ABE practitioners through the SABES PD Center for Mathematics and Adult Numeracy.


Format: Facilitated

Course Fee: $341

Prerequisite: Description:

Mathematizing ESOL II: Percentages and Decimals builds upon and extends conceptual understanding of math topics and how they can be integrated into ESOL instruction. In the prerequisite to this course, Mathematizing ESOL I, the focus is on math notation and operations with whole numbers. In this course, we extend that knowledge to include other rational numbers, with an emphasis on percentages and decimals. We will explore these concepts before looking at real life applications of these math skills and strategies to contextualize them in the ESOL classroom.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to: use benchmarks to visualize, compare, and describe fractions, percentages, and decimals; identify strategies for teaching conceptual understanding of percentages; identify strategies for teaching conceptual understanding of decimals; create and teach lessons that use strategies for integrating percentages and decimals in a language classroom; and define and scaffold vocabulary needed for teaching percentages and decimals to ESOL learners.

Course Instructor:

Sherry Lehane and Pam Meader

Estimated Completion Time: 3 hrs/week (18 hours total)

Completion Requirements:

Participants are required to complete lessons, activities, discussion board assignments, and the final project within the time frame outlined. Participants will be assessed on the extent to which they have done the following:

  • Participated in asynchronous discussions (40%)
  • Activities (60%)

Participants who earn a total of 80% will successfully complete the course and earn a certificate of completion

Certificate for Completion: Yes

Course Development:

This course was developed by the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC in partnership with World Education, Inc., with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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