Acquérir les gestes qu’il faut: les mathématiques scolaires comme interaction et savoir-faire

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The paper presents the synthesis of a series of studies on support measures for pupils with additional languages in Sweden, with a particular focus on the consequences of language support measures for teaching and learning school mathematics. The analysis identifies several critical aspects in mathematics teaching when the pupils transition from one school system to another, and particularly when they do not yet have a shared language to communicate among each other or with their teachers. Three aspects with relevance to language support will be discussed and illustrated with examples from the studies: the notion of mathematics as a formal language; the notion of levels and absolute progression in mathematics; the notion that learning mathematics means understanding "concepts".


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Didactics
  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations


  • mathematics didactics, language and cognition, Language and learning, newly arrived students
Translated title of the contributionAcquiring the necessary gestures: school mathematics as interaction and know-how
Original languageFrench
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019
Publication categoryResearch
EventAREF 2019 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 2019 Jul 32019 Jul 5


ConferenceAREF 2019
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