Acquiring Math: Connecting Math Learning and Second Language Acquisition


  • Michael J. Bosse, Dr. Appalachian State University
  • Marjorie Ringler, Dr. East Carolina University
  • Anass Bayaga, Prof. University of Zululand
  • Catherine Fountain, Dr. Appalachian State University
  • Erica Slate Young, Dr.


Research in second language acquisition and the learning of mathematics has matured through long, albeit disconnected, histories. This study examines how theories and models of second language acquisition can be applied to the learning of mathematics. Herein we investigate the intersection of second language acquisition theories and hierarchical models of mathematical learning and mastery. This comparison and analysis of seemingly disparate fields of study allows us to develop of a novel framework that helps to better define mathematical learning.

Author Biography

Michael J. Bosse, Dr., Appalachian State University

Michael. J. Bossé is the Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education and MELT Program Director at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and is active in providing professional development to teachers in North Carolina and around the nation. His research focuses on learning, cognition, and curriculum in K-16 mathematics.