### Abstract

Many Filipino children find mathematical word problems particularly difficult to solve because they are required to learn mathematics and solve problems in English, a language that many encounter only in school. This paper reports on one aspect of a two-year design study aimed to assist second-grade Filipino children solve additive word problems in English. With Filipino as the medium of instruction, an out-of-school pedagogical intervention providing linguistic and representational scaffolds was implemented with 17 children over 10 weeks. Pre-intervention, children experienced linguistic difficulties and were limited to conceptualising and solving simple additive structures. Post-intervention interviews revealed improved understanding of more complex structures, but only when linguistic difficulties were minimised.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | proceedings of the 36th conference of the international group for psychology of mathematics education |

Subtitle of host publication | opportunities to learn in mathematics education |

Editors | Tai-Yih Tso |

Place of Publication | Taipei, Taiwan |

Publisher | INT GRP PSYCHOL MATH EDUC |

Pages | 203-210 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Volume | 4 |

Publication status | Published - 2012 |

Event | 36th Annual Conference of the International-Group-for-Psychology-of-Mathematics-Education (PME 36) - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China Duration: 18 Jul 2012 → 22 Jul 2012 |

### Publication series

Name | PME Conference Proceedings |
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Publisher | INT GRP PSYCHOL MATH EDUC |

ISSN (Print) | 0771-100X |

### Conference

Conference | 36th Annual Conference of the International-Group-for-Psychology-of-Mathematics-Education (PME 36) |
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Country | Taiwan, Province of China |

City | Taipei |

Period | 18/07/12 → 22/07/12 |

### Cite this

*proceedings of the 36th conference of the international group for psychology of mathematics education: opportunities to learn in mathematics education*(Vol. 4, pp. 203-210). (PME Conference Proceedings). Taipei, Taiwan: INT GRP PSYCHOL MATH EDUC.