Fostering Mathematical Inquiry with Language Independent Board Games


  • Michael Todd Edwards Miami University
  • Zheng Yang Sichuan University—Pittsburgh Institute
  • Jingyi Zeng Miami University


English language learners, ELLs, Language-independent math games


The authors discuss an approach for engaging students in mathematical problem solving and argumentation in a manner that supports all learners, including those for whom English is a non-native language (i.e., ELLs). Building on the work of Norval and Castaneda (2020), Wanko (2017), and others, the authors engage students in a language-independent game, Where are the Cherries?. English-speaking students learn the rules of the game as they analyze an instructional video in Chinese. Students strengthen their problem solving skills as they develop a greater appreciation of the language challenges that ELL classmates face on a daily basis.


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How to Cite

Edwards, M. T., Yang, Z., & Zeng, J. (2022). Fostering Mathematical Inquiry with Language Independent Board Games. Ohio Journal of School Mathematics, 91(1), 17–28. Retrieved from




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