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How to speak "Math"

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The technical language of mathematics does not consist exclusively of a universal mathematical symbol code. In lectures and seminars at universities, communication takes place in the respective national languages. International students of STEM subjects in particular therefore face not only mathematical but also linguistic challenges. This is where the project "German for Mathematics: How to Speak Math?" comes in.

The digital learning platform lists "vocabulary" from the basic areas of mathematics: The most important technical terms are presented in mathematical symbols, in German written language and as audio or video. Topics such as quantities, analysis or numbers are divided into clearly arranged units. Special attention is paid to include all common pronunciation variants: For example, the variants "one plus one is two" and "one plus one equals two" are presented. A playful listening comprehension test concludes the units.

Originally designed as self-learning program for international students of STEM subjects, the digital learning platform can also become part of mathematics prerequisite courses and introductory courses at TU Dortmund University. The specialized language courses "German for Students of STEM Subjects" offered by the Division of Foreign Languages can also make use of the new learning platform and integrate it into their lessons.

The project was made possible by Initiative Bildungsengel.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on Campus Nord. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. The university can also be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The Airport Express is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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