Algebra/English as a second language (ESL) teaching experiment. (English)

Czarnocha, Bronislaw (ed.) et al., The creative enterprise of mathematics teaching research. Elements of methodology and practice ‒ from teachers to teachers. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers (ISBN 978-94-6300-548-7/hbk; 978-94-6300-547-0/pbk; 978-94-6300-549-4/ebook). 455-473 (2016).

Summary: A teaching experiment in correlating the instruction of courses in Elementary Algebra and Intermediate ESL is described whose results suggest a measurable transfer of thought organization from algebraic thinking into written natural English. It is shown that a proper context to situate this new effect is (1) the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) of L. Vygotsky and (2) a new concept of the “Relative ZPD” characterizing the relationship between the ZPD of arithmetic/algebra and ZPD of native/foreign language.