Math 100L: Lesson 3
Speaking Partner Appointment: Requesting an Explanation; Fractions
Read the following information to your speaking partner:
Requesting an Explanation
Note: You will also see this information in your Peer Discussion Appointment to practice using it in both appointments.
When taking college courses, you will learn ideas and information that are new to you. As you take this math course in English, perhaps there will be problems and concepts that you don’t understand. You will need to ask for an explanation. You can use the following phrases as you work with your instructor, speaking partner, peer partner, and classmates to request understanding.
- What is the reason for that?
- How do you do that?
- Can you please explain that to me?
- Would you mind explaining that?
- Excuse me, but why is that?
- I don’t understand that.
- It isn’t clear to me.
- I don’t get it.
- What is Excel?
- Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program that allows one to enter numerical values or data into the rows or columns of a spreadsheet, and to use these numerical entries for such things as calculations, graphs, and statistical analysis.
- Is the above explanation clear?
- Using the phrases above, ask your speaking partner questions about this description of Excel.
- What phrases requesting explanations are you comfortable using?
- What phrases does your speaking partner use most often when asking for an explanation of new material or expressing lack of understanding?
Practice saying the following fractions in English. Some fractions can be said more than one way. Go through each of these with your speaking partner asking for an explanation when needed.
- 1/4 = one-fourth or one quarter
- 1/3 = one-third or a third
- 1/2 = one-half or a half
- 2/3 = two-thirds
- 3/4 = three-fourths or three quarters
- 7 3/8 = seven and three-eighths
- 33/4 = thirty-three fourths
- 9 5/6 = nine and five-sixths
- 5/18 = five-eighteenths
- 19/40 = nineteen-fortieths
(A knife cutting an orange in HALF)
How do you say these fractions?
Example: 1/2 = a half or one-half
- 2 1/4
- 9 3/4
- 4 1/3
- 23 4/5
- 19 1/6
- 13 1/2
- 7 7/8
Teen vs. Tens
In the numbers 13 to 19, stress the “teen” ending. For 20, 30, 40, etc., to 90, stress the first syllable only. Listen to your speaking partner say the following words. Then practice saying the words several times.
- Thirteen, Thirty
- Fourteen, Forty
- Fifteen, Fifty
- Sixteen, Sixty
- Seventeen, Seventy
- Eighteen, Eighty
- Nineteen, Ninety