ESL for the Secondary Mathematics Teacher


Anita Bright, Assistant Professor and ESOL Program Coordinator, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA


25 September - 22 October 201​7 Last chance to take this instructor-led online course!

Who Should Attend?

Secondary math educators who teach English Language Learners (ELLs) and ESL educators who teach math.


 TESOL members  US$430
 Global members   US$185
 Nonmembers  US$555
Registration fees include the 4-week access to the course site and opportunity to earn 4 C​EUs.
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TESOL is authorized by IACET to offer 4 CEUs for this online course. No partial CEUs will be given to registrants who do not complete the course. For more information about CEUs, please go to

More About This Course

Need help teaching English language learners (ELLs) in your mathematics classroom? Or need help teaching mathematics to your English language learners? This online course will help you.

Participants will learn about core ESL principles and practices, the role that language and culture play in learning mathematics, planning and implementing instruction for ELLs, and assessment of mathematics knowledge. They will also explore how teachers can use TESOL’s PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards (2006) to develop ELLs’ academic language proficiency and plan instruction and assessment in secondary mathematics classrooms.

What Will I Learn?

Participants will

  • understand the linguistic challenges of academic language in mathematics for ELLs
  • identify core ESL principles and practices
  • develop academic mathematical tasks that require advanced levels of reading and writing
  • understand the role of language and culture in learning mathematics
  • apply concepts, research, and best practices to plan standards-based mathematics instruction and assessments in a supportive learning environment for ELLs with different English language proficiency levels
  • use TESOL’s PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards (2006) to develop ELLs’ academic language proficiency in mathematics

About the Instructor

Dr. Anita Bright is a Professor and the ESOL Program Coordinator in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University in Portland, OR. With over 20 years of experience as a K-12 public school educator and a former National Board Certified teacher in mathematics, much of Dr. Bright’s work focuses on mathematics for English learners. She is the co-editor of the book, The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for English Language Learners: High School, and contributed to the English learner scaffolds for the EngageNY Curriculum.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact TESOL Professional Learning and put "ESL Math" in the subject header.