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Fractions, Factors and Functions, Oh My! Are My ELs Attaching Meaning to Math Words?

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When you think of “mathematics and language,” words such as Hypotenuse, Polygon, Polynomial, Function, Set, Factor, and so on might come to mind. Specialized words and special ways of using those words are two of the distinguishing characteristics of mathematical language 1. For mathematics teachers of English Learners, one common question is: when and how should I introduce the specialized words that are part of mathematical language?

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