The Effects of Teaching University Mathematics in English

대학 수학 교육에서 영어 강의의 효과 연구

  • Lee, Hae-Moon (Department of English Language and Literature, Sungkyunkwan University) ;
  • Kim, Young-Wook (Department of Mathematics, Korea University)
  • 이혜문 (성균관대학교 영어영문학과) ;
  • 김영욱 (고려대학교 수학과)
  • Published : 2007.02.28

Abstract

A math class in Korean university was taught in English for one semester and the students' improvement was measured in math content and English proficiency. Pre and post test in 9 week intervals showed that math content loaming in the immersion class was superior to the non-immersed class. Especially, the immersion class showed remarkable improvement in difficult problems among math content test problems. The immersion class improved in math-related English, but not in general English. It is discussed that the particular English expressions for math are hardly separable from the math content knowledge in English because understanding and using those expressions correctly means the students' understanding of math concept in English and thus the math concept itself.