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English for STEM: Understanding Maths Vocabulary

Improve your English language skills as you explore key maths concepts to expand your vocabulary and refine your pronunciation.

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Develop your knowledge of essential maths vocabulary

On this three-week course from Macquarie University EMI Centre, you’ll enhance your understanding of maths topics to help improve your English language ability.

You’ll learn essential maths vocabulary as you explore numbers and symbols, shapes and measurements, and probability and statistics.

The videos, quizzes, and reading texts in the course have been designed to help you as an English language learner master pronunciation, word form, and use.

Explore effective strategies to improve your English language skills

To help you record and revise new vocabulary, you’ll use interactive tools, such as Quizlet, and focus on activities to help you improve your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

You’ll learn maths vocabulary in context as you explore different word forms (noun, verb, adjective, adverb), learn how to interpret written and visual texts, and delve into grammar.

Develop essential academic skills

To prepare you for studying in English, you’ll learn how to listen to spoken maths solutions and recognise common phrases such as language for introducing solutions, sequencing steps, and describing results.

Receive guidance from the experts at Macquarie University

You’ll learn from a language trainer and maths trainer from Macquarie University EMI centre throughout this practical course.

With opportunities to practise your vocabulary and the expertise of your educators, you’ll finish the course with the confidence to communicate maths vocabulary in English.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Numbers and Symbols

    • Welcome to English for STEM: Maths

      In this section, you will meet your language trainer and maths trainer. You will also learn how to use Quizlet to record and practise new vocabulary.

    • Introduction to Numbers and Symbols

      In this section, you will learn some basic English vocabulary relating to numbers and symbols. You will also have the chance to practise and record the new vocabulary.

    • Maths in Action

      In this section, you will practise using the vocabulary you have learnt for numbers and symbols to complete some maths problems.

    • Reading Practice

      In this section, you will read a text about the history of maths symbols and answer some questions. You will also learn about the past simple and past continuous.

    • Conclusion

      In this section, you will review some of the language you have learnt this week and look at a summary of what you have covered during the week.

  • Week 2

    Shapes and Measurement

    • Introduction to Shapes and Measurement

      In this section, you will learn some basic English vocabulary relating to shapes and measurement. You will also have the chance to practise and record the new vocabulary.

    • Maths in Action

      In this section, you will practise using the vocabulary you have learnt for shapes and measurement to complete some maths problems.

    • Reading Practice

      In this section, you will read a text about the use of shapes in architecture and answer some questions. You will also learn about the present perfect with 'for' and 'since'.

    • Conclusion

      In this section, you will review some of the language you have learnt this week and look at a summary of what you have covered during the week.

  • Week 3

    Probability and Statistics

    • Introduction to Probability and Statistics

      In this section, you will learn some basic English vocabulary relating to statistics and probability. You will also have the chance to practise and record the new vocabulary.

    • Maths in Action

      In this section, you will practise using the vocabulary you have learnt for probability and statistics to complete some maths problems.

    • Reading Practice

      In this section, you will read a text about the use of statistics in clinical trials and answer some questions. You will also learn about the gerund and infinitive after verbs in English.

    • Conclusion

      In this section, you will review some of the language you have learnt this week, look at a summary of what you have covered during the week and consider how you can continue learning more STEM language in English.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop key English vocabulary for Maths
  • Apply strategies for recording and revising new vocabulary
  • Improve your ability to follow spoken maths solutions
  • Interpret written texts on maths topics

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to study maths who would like to develop their English language ability in this area.

It is most suitable for learners who have an Intermediate CEFR B1 level of English.

Who will you learn with?

English Language Teacher at Macquarie University College. Cambridge CELTA. Over 10 years' teaching experience in Spain, Belgium and Australia.

Mathematics teacher, FHEA, with 16 years' teaching experience in Romania and Australia. Developed and delivered Foundation Mathematics units at Macquarie University College.

Who developed the course?

Macquarie University

Macquarie University aspires to be a different type of university: one focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society. Ranked in the top 1% of Universities globally, Macquarie is recognised for producing graduates who are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

  • Established

    1964
  • Location

    Sydney, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 200Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

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