Making words work to support mathematical understanding and reasoning

Date(s) - 08/05/2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

University of Leeds


This workshop is designed to support delegates in ensuring speaking and listening has a high profile within the mathematics curriculum, being used to challenge and stimulate thinking and reasoning skills. Effective engagement strategies and practical language-based activities will be modelled to scaffold, develop and extend pupils who have English as an additional language as articulate and independent mathematicians. The language demands of the maths curriculum will be analysed and discussed with a view to giving staff a greater awareness of how to make the maths curriculum more accessible and engaging for EAL learners.

Presenter: Thérèse O’Sullivan

Thérèse is a consultant within Leeds City Council Learning Improvement team. She has worked within the field of EAL and language development at LCC for 10 years following many years of teaching experience in the classroom and at senior management level. She is an experienced trainer and specialist in the area of English as an additional language pedagogy and practice. Within this broad area she can offer expert support and guidance on: strategies for increasing attainment for both new to English and advanced learners of English, culturally inclusive learning, making the maths curriculum EAL friendly, language development across the curriculum and meaningful approaches to teaching grammar as part of the writing process.

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The materials for this workshop are available here: Maths workshop slides.

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This workshop is funded by an excellence and innovation fellowship from the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence.