Mathematics and English, Two Languages: Teachers’ Views

Shosh Leshem, Zvia Markovitz


English is an international language used all over the world. Mathematics is the language of sciences but it is also
a language used in everyday life. Although both are perceived as languages, mathematics and English are
considered as two completely distinct disciplines. In this paper we first discuss English and mathematics as
languages. Then we present interviews conducted with five mathematics and English teachers in order to explore
their views regarding issues of language features, ways of teaching and issues of anxiety and collaboration
between English and mathematics teachers. The interviews suggest some communalities in the way English and
mathematics teachers relate to the two languages. The connection between the two disciplines seems to challenge
teachers’ thinking about their teaching.

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