What can teachers do in this catch 22 situation in which both math and English skills are required? First of all we need to look very critically at our math content and especially our math books. Most word problems can be simplified in terms of vocabulary. Teachers can easily re-write problems and use situations and words that the students are familiar with. A Chinese student will understand problems involving Chinese New Year better than those based on Thanksgiving's Day! The latter has no meaning for the students and would make a math problem unnecessary difficult.