Use it or Lose it: Mathematics for Language Maintenance

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    The aims of a study to teach mathematics in Mawng, an Australian Indigenous language, shifted from providing a foundation to enhance transferral to English to involving a language maintenance aspect. The study took place in a multilingual community. The roles of multiple Indigenous languages in a mathematics lesson are reported on. It is argued that the use of the multiple languages as resources in the mathematics class contribute to the reinforcing the political status of Mawng in the community, including as a language of formal education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    EditorsGregory Hine, Susan Blackley, Audrey Cooke
    Place of PublicationSouth Australia
    PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9781920846312
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    EventMERGA Conference 2019: Mathematics Education Research: Impacting Practice - Curtin University, Perth, Australia
    Duration: 30 Jun 20194 Jul 2019
    Conference number: 42nd


    ConferenceMERGA Conference 2019
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