Math 100L: Lesson 1


Helpful Vocabulary

  • to brag (v)
  • accurate (adj)
  • nit-picky (adj)
  • leeway (n)
  • in the ballpark (phrase)
  • pattern (n)
  • precise (adj)
  • smack-dab (adv)
  • to estimate (v)
  • nearest (adj)
  • tool (n)
  • major (adj)
  • computation (n)
  • to ensure (v)

Speaking Partner Appointment: Introductions; Math Facts

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Math 100L Lesson 1 PDF

The first part of today’s assignment is to get to know your Speaking Partner and to introduce yourself. Some things you might want to talk about:

  • Your name
  • Where you are from
  • What you do each day
  • Your family
  • Your interests

You will also play a game with your Speaking Partner. To prepare, write down 5 things about yourself. Three should be true. Two should be false. For example:

  1. I have eaten a snail.
  2. I am a good dancer.
  3. I have ridden an elephant.
  4. I watch movies every week.
  5. I have been to Japan.

Your Speaking Partner will ask you questions about your statements. You will try to make him or her believe that all are true. After five minutes, your Speaking Partner must guess which statements are true. Then it will be your turn to ask your Speaking Partner questions about statements he or she has prepared.

Math Facts

Read the following paragraph to your Speaking Partner.

It’s so important to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, because it helps prepare us for anything. Just think about it. If you have a pizza recipe for one small pizza and you need two large pizzas, addition and multiplication can help you buy the right ingredients, mix it correctly, and cook it just right. We use math every day in our lives; not just for recipes, but for so many things.

Discussion Questions

Discuss the following questions with your Speaking Partner:

  1. What are some other areas besides cooking in which we use math every day?
  2. How old were you when you started learning the addition and multiplication facts?
  3. Do you like math? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think anyone can be good at math?

Pronunciation Practice

Practice your numbers in English. Remember, often in the video lectures, the numbers are stated by dropping the word “hundred” or “thousand” so that the words are spoken like this: 981—nine eighty-one, rather than nine hundred eighty-one; or 5,841—fifty-eight forty-one rather than five thousand eight hundred forty-one.

Practice saying the following numbers in English:

  • 24
  • 37
  • 582
  • 659
  • 713
  • 1,108
  • 1,249

Now, practice saying the following numbers:

  • $235.68
  • $15.23
  • $1,003.28
  • $79.00
  • $0.21
  • $1.90

Practice the “th” sound. The “th” sound is made by putting your tongue between your teeth. Listen to your speaking partner say the following words. Then repeat several times.

  • Everything
  • Hundredth
  • Tenth
  • That
  • The
  • Them
  • Think
  • Thirty (30)
  • This
  • Those