Oxford University Press Introduces New Math and Science Content Dictionaries to Help K-12 English Language Learners Meet Standards

Mar 28, 2012, 08:00 ET from Oxford University Press

NEW YORK, March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Oxford University Press, the world's largest university press, is expanding its library of successful vocabulary-based education tools with the introduction of the Oxford Illustrated Math Dictionary and the Oxford Illustrated Science Dictionary, two English language learning vocabulary resources for middle school  and high school math and science students. With only 5 percent of 8th grade English language learners (ELLs) scoring at or above proficient in math, Oxford University Press saw an opportunity to help ELL educators supplement mainstream math and science curricula and help ELLs meet Common Core State Standards.

ELLs are not only the fastest growing segment of the K-12 population, they are a highly complex group of students with varying educational needs, backgrounds and languages. Now that Common Core State Standards hold ELLs and native speakers to the same expectations, Oxford University Press is dedicated to providing ELL educators instructional strategies and development tools to help students at all language proficiency levels reach their academic potential. ELLs can then acquire the vocabulary and foundation of academic language they need to participate in content-area learning.

Each Dictionary contains terms nationally recognized as being critical to today's math and science curricula.  The Illustrated Math Dictionary includes over 500 terms and the Illustrated Science Dictionary includes over 700 terms.

Teachers are also provided the option of purchasing Oxford iTools CD-ROM versions of both dictionaries for whole and small group learning. Content can be displayed with an LCD or interactive whiteboard where teachers can zoom, draw, annotate, bookmark, and organize any lesson. 

"The introduction of educational programs to support the success of ELLs in both math and science is a natural expansion of our product line as we strive to enhance the learning of every ELL across the nation," says Laura Pearson, General Manager of Oxford's American English Language Teaching Group. "Based upon our conversation with educators, it was clear there was a real need for tools to help ELLs achieve in the areas of math and science. We are thrilled to work with math and science experts, respectively, to introduce these two important education tools for K-12 ELLs," she adds.

To find out about OUP's English Language Teaching publications please visit www.oup.com/elt

SOURCE Oxford University Press