In order to use language to communicate math concepts and skills concisely **{language model}**, we must learn the terminology and vocabulary of mathematics so that we can express ourselves accurately. Lets begin by learning the English math words associated with the fundamental skill of addition and its associated numerical expressions **{number model}.**

Each language and culture uses its own terminology and vocabulary to represent these components of addition. Learning these words and their meaning is one important way the world of language arts and world of mathematics intersects. One of the most basic tools I use to assess whether a student I am tutoring is fluent in the use of math vocabulary is through the use of **flashcards**. I usually just ask the student to identify the component of the expression or equation highlighted in red. Many times, there is more than one acceptable answer, as you will see in future blogs.