ROLE AND IMPACT OF LANGUAGE IN TEACHING-LEARNING MATHEMATICS: HOW TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN COGNITIVE ACADEMIC LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AND HOME LANGUAGE
Studies of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 and the National Focus Group position paper
on Teaching Mathematics (2006) have clearly pointed out that the lack of understanding of Mathematics
in the early grades gradually turns into ‘math anxiety/phobia’ and underachievement. The reports of
the National Achievement Survey and Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) statistically validate this observation.
This study aims to understand - in the context of mother tongue education - how and to what
extent the language of Mathematics teaching-learning influences learning. The study looks
at first-generation school-goers understanding of the core concepts of elementary level
It has been observed and documented by pedagogues, researchers and teaching practitioners
that language plays a significant role in Mathematics education— both, in the process of
teaching-learning and curriculum design. The study will pursue two central questions— a) What
is the role of language in the Mathematics classroom? and b) How it impacts learning outcomes?
The schools will be selected from different areas of West Bengal based on – a) Location of schools; b)
Socio-economic background of the students; and c)
Dialectal/sociolect distance between the learners’ home language and the language in the school.
Baidehi Sengupta has completed her Ph.D. degree in Linguistics from the Jadavpur University.
She is currently a Wipro Seeding Fellow and works with Mobile Pathshala (Kumirmari, Sundarban).
She is an independent researcher with a primary focus on language education.
She has taught in Ali Jawahar Jung National Institute of Hearing Handicapped and
The Sanskrit College and University. She has also worked with The Anthropological Survey of India
and The Asiatic Society as a research fellow.
Her primary research interest is in language education and language politics.
Additional writing / Articles
Sengupta, B. (2019, January). Pierre Bourdieu-r bhāṣā carcā o bhāṣā -soŋket ebaŋg khamatār bayān. Bakalam(17), 72-93.
Sengupta, B., & Karmakar, S. (2017, January). Multilinguality in Classrooms: Looking at the Primary Education of West Bengal. Language and Language Teaching, 6(11), 36-42.
Sengupta, B., & Karmakar, S. (2017). Talks around the 'Text': Co-existences, Co-ordinations, and Co-operations. Jadavpur Journal of Linguistics, I(I), 09-17.
Sengupta, B. (2016). śikṣārthī, śikṣā o śekhār kṣamatā prasaŋge kichu kathā. Charvaka(3), 182-190.
Sengupta, B. (2010, August). nā iskuler pathe: Ivan Illich-er śikṣā bhābnā. Alochona Chakra, 171-187.
Sengupta, B. (2004, Jul-Oct). bhāṣā śikṣār cāpān- utor. Janapadaprayas, 19(2), 11-16.
Sengupta, B. (2004, Oct-Dec). bhālo-khārāp bāŋglā bhāshār kājiyā. Ababhas(4th Year, 3rd ), 153-161.
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