4H: Helping English Language Learners Navigate Probability Vocabulary and Concepts

Amy Wagler and Lawrence M. Lesser (University of Texas at El Paso)


Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world and is by far the most common language of English language learners (ELLs) in the U.S. Although teaching practices identified for ELLs can help learners of all backgrounds, secondary school and college instructors teaching probability to ELLs will especially appreciate learning about multilingual resources. Our case study (published in November 2016 Statistics Education Research Journal) of using the NLVM coin-­flipping applet revealed insights about misconceptions, language and culture, as well as how students' language can be a resource. This session includes discussion, reflection, role-playing, and technology exploration – bring your laptop!