Podcasts in Second Language Mathematics Teaching as an Instrument for Measuring Teachers’ Language Awareness

  • Christine BeschererEmail author
  • Pelagia Papadopoulou-Tzaki
Part of the ICME-13 Monographs book series (ICME13Mo)


Mathematics teacher students work for one year in local high schools in a special program for mathematics learning focusing on schoolchildren with German as a secondary language. To measure the change of language awareness, teacher students create audio podcasts on a mathematical topic at the beginning of their fostering courses. Further, in semi-structured interviews they give insights on their ideas about using mathematics podcasts in classrooms. After one year working as remedial teachers with schoolchildren, the mathematics teacher students review and revise their ‘old’ podcast. Afterwards structured interviews with each teacher student and a qualitative analysis are used to diagnose the level of language awareness. The podcasts together with the interviews prove to be useful instruments to reflect on the use of language in mathematics teaching.


Language sensitive mathematics teaching Mathematics and German as secondary language Language awareness Audio podcasts 



The Mercator Institute, Cologne, Germany funded the research described in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Bescherer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pelagia Papadopoulou-Tzaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Ludwigsburg University of EducationLudwigsburgGermany

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