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This electronic document contains a PDF version of a booklet for K to 12 teachers that explores the specialized languages of mathematics and science and highlights strategies that link second-language acquisition techniques with content instruction. The booklet is part of the IT'S JUST GOOD TEACHING series produced by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. Each booklet in the series contains a summary of the research and current literature on a topic along with a discussion of effective strategies and an annotated listing of related resources. The material in the booklet discusses techniques found to be particularly effective for helping language-minority students develop skills in using the specialized languages of mathematics and science. Suggested techniques include thematic instruction with units set in the context of students' everyday lives, cooperative learning that stresses authentic discourse for all students whatever their level of English proficiency, and inquiry and problem solving lessons that progress from concrete concepts to more abstract content. This resource is appropriate for all users, particularly for girls, women, and ethnic minorities because it uses inclusive images of women and people of ethnic minorities, addresses concerns relating to ethnic-bias and/or discrimination, involves teamwork and communication skills, and involves hands-on activities that produce a tangible result or product.
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