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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.