Description of Language Objectives
Language objectives describe how the student will acquire the content knowledge required using the four modalities of language (listening, speaking, reading, and writing)
Language objectives
 explicitly teach the vocabulary required to master the content objective;
 include a description of the interaction in which students will participate, such as discussions or paired and/or cooperative learning activities;
 give students the opportunity to use functional language—reading, speaking, listening, and writing—in the math content area;
 encourage reflection at end of lesson to assess whether or not language objectives were met; and
 encourage teacher to model the behavior that supports the student expectation.
(Adapted from Texas Education Agency, 2006.)
Examples of Language Objectives
Students will be able to:
 use mathematical vocabulary to explain orally or in writing the attributes of geometric figures;
 construct a Venn diagram to contrast and compare one geometric figure with another;
 create a list of attributes of various figures;
 explain how to solve an equation to a partner;
 describe the relationship between radius, diameter, and circumference of a circle;
 write, in own words, an explanation of the math concept;
 connect informal language to formal mathematical language in a graphic organizer;
 write out the formulas that are on the current math TAKS chart;
 engage in a “Walk About” or “Gallery Walk” activity (“What did you learn today?”); and
 construct a flip book of vocabulary words with representative diagrams.
