Language, Reading and Mathematics
Linguistic skills of reading and writing contribute heavily to successful performance in mathematics. Being able to read mathematical text requires understanding of the “two languages of mathematics”: technical vocabulary and specialized symbols. In moving from small units of reading to sections of text or discourse, the reader is expected to respond to five levels of reading matter. They are: (1) letters; (2) words; (3) sentences; (4) paragraphs; and (5) discourse. This is the case in mathematical reading as well as in nonspecialized reading.
KeywordsMathematics Classroom Mathematical Symbol Linguistic Skill Letter Combination Technical Vocabulary
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