Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt for English Learners

This workshop provides strategies and activities to help teachers provide access to math and science concepts for English learners while also developing their language skills. Attendees will participate in instructional activities that they can modify to implement in their preK-12 math and science classrooms.

Research points to the importance of incorporating a variety of scaffolding methods to teach math and science to English learners. Enhancing student comprehension through explicit vocabulary instruction and multiple modes of communication enables learners to develop new skills and concepts as they gradually gain more mastery of the content. Workshop participants will learn strategies and techniques to help English learners access math and science content concepts as well as to develop their academic language in those disciplinary areas. Authentic classroom videos demonstrate key concepts, supported by practical hands-on tools educators can implement in their classrooms. 

Authentic Classroom Video

The workshop presents new classroom video including segments that demonstrate principles of instructions for English learners, solving math word problems, and adapting a science lesson for various language proficiencies.

Workshop Topics

Workshop topics include the language of math and science (vocabulary and grammar), Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, making math comprehensible, strategies for solving math word problems using higher order thinking, making science comprehensible, vocabulary in science: cognates, key strategies for science instruction, making math and science interactive, using higher order thinking in math and science, and the co-teaching model.


  • Describe the characteristics of the language of math and science.
  • Articulate the challenges of learning academic language in math and science and practice strategies to address these challenges.
  • Explain how to make math and science comprehensible to English language learners.
  • Analyze math and science lessons for examples of ways to adapt instruction.
  • Incorporate cooperative and small-group learning strategies into math and science lessons.
  • Promote higher-order thinking through math and science lessons.
  • Integrate language structures related to specific tasks in a science unit plan.
  • Reflect on the co-teaching model through video observation and analysis of teacher’s commentary.
  • Develop a list of teaching and learning strategies, or adapt existing strategies, that are appropriate for English learners in the content areas of math and science.

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