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This is a PowerPoint presentation (available in .pdf) from Paul Glaser who has a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Gallaudet and a Master's degree in Deaf Education from NTID. Some of the points in this presentation are hard to get without videos, it still contains great information and tips for interpreting math, and additional resources for more research.
A Study Of Perceptions of Mathematics Signs: Implications For Teaching
Paul Glaser's Master's thesis on the lack of standardization of math signs, and the implications this has on teaching and interpreting math for Deaf students.The present project was designed to assist new and experienced mathematics teachers and interpreters for the deaf as well as students interested in learning about mathematics signs. Perceptions about 25 math signs were examined through interviews with college professors, teachers, interpreters, and deaf students and an online survey was administered to 11 high school mathematics teachers. Only 8 out of 25 mathematics signs were found to be in widespread use among all mathematics teachers and interpreters in this study. Most teachers did not have signs for advanced mathematics terms and fingerspelled those terms to avoid inventing signs.
ASL Number Systems in Technical Discourse
- This page from The Interpreter's Friend discusses numbering systems used in everyday conversations (counting, rank, nominal numbers, temporal, repetitive, etc.). The page also has a section specifically focusing on applications for math and science, explaining how to sign extended equations, subscripted and superscripted numbers, squares, and roots.
Resources for Interpreting In Math Classes
In Fall 2006 and then again in Fall 2007,groups of educational interpreters across the state of Ohio participated in online study groups sponsored by Interpreting & Sign Language Resources related to interpreting in math classes. As part of the study groups, we shared resources with each other for preparing for interpreting in math classes as well as practicing interpreting skills for this setting. The resources compiled by these groups are shared here, including reviews written by the participants in the study groups for many of the resources.
Teaching Strategies in Mathematics: Differences in Sign Language Use
ASL-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
- Enabling American Sign Language to grow in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Vocabulary lists on this website include:
- aeronautic, bio, chemical, civil, environmental, industrial, materials, mechanical;
- algebra, applied math, arithmetic, calculus, cryptography, discrete mathematics, geometry, pre-calculus, statistics, trigonometry;
- natural and social;
- computer science, information science, information systems, information technology, technology companies. This site also contains a forum with some discussions about ASL linguistics.
DEAF CS is a collection of activities and lessons to help students and their teachers explore math and science concepts. As the deaf students read the material, they can access the concepts in their natural communication mode through ASL, signed by deaf educators and students. A list of technical signs with an English explanation of the concept, a description of how to sign it, and a video showing the sign can be found
**Mastery of Science in Secondary Education**
- Methods and materials for teaching Deaf kids science, made possible by the National Technical Institute For The Deaf. Their '
Science Signs Lexicon
' contains signs that are currently used at NTID. Several of these signs come from Paul Glaser's research.
Texas Math Sign Language Dictionary
From the Texas School for the Deaf. Offers videos of math signs in both ASL and SEE.
The Interpreter's Friend
Abbreviations for the elements
A guided tutorial in physics for interpreters
InterpreterHelper - YouTube channel
Math signs and concepts are taught by Chris Kurz, a college math instructor, who is Deaf.
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