In other words, ELLs who have had formal education in their home countries generally do not have mathematical difficulties; hence, their struggles begin when they encounter word problems in a second language that they have not yet mastered (Bernardo, 2005).
For this reason it is recommended that students learn key terminology prior to attempting to solve mathematical word problems.
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