You may have heard about learning “the
language of mathematics." Is mathematics another language
students are required to learn in school? It needn’t be. If
your math instruction is in English virtually every word you
are exposed to will be found in an English language
dictionary, including those words you hear, read, or write for
the first time in math class.
Remembering the vocabulary introduced in
mathematics should not be any more difficult than in other
subjects. Use your everyday vocabulary whenever possible.
Acute is a commonly used adjective meaning sharp. It should be
fairly obvious why an angle measuring less than 90 degrees
would be described as acute. You can also do the opposite and
use mathematical terms to expand your everyday vocabulary.
Even your written work is in English. The
symbols used are a type of shorthand but can be replaced with
a written word or phrase. “=” is the word “equals” or the
phrase “is equal to”. “x = 2” is the complete sentence “the
value of the variable x is equal to two." “x = 2” is just
faster to write.
The language of mathematics is whatever
language you are learning it in.
See the article below for more information:
Integrating Mathematics and Language
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