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Teaching Mathematics Vocabulary Using Hands-On Activities


Foreign languages courses have always recognized the importance of students learning the vocabulary for the language. It is impossible to master the language without first having a thorough knowledge of the vocabulary. According to the above definition, the collection of words must be explained and they must be available for use. Unfortunately, students of mathematics have many times not mastered the new vocabulary in this "language of the sciences". The lack of knowledge of the vocabulary has often prevented students using mathematics as a tool in solving problems in areas of application.

Recently many school systems have become aware of the lack of the mastery of the vocabulary of mathematics both by their students and by teachers in the classroom. As a result, many systems have initiated special workshops and professional development opportunities to encourage the development of a strong mathematics vocabulary.