Texas School for the DeafTexas Math Sign Language Dictionary

What is the Texas Math Sign Language Dictionary?

The Educational Resource Center on Deafness designed this dictionary to be an educational resource for Texas parents, teachers, and interpreters who work with deaf and hard of hearing students, and also the students themselves. This dictionary was developed for Texas, using the Math Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum, state adopted textbooks, and Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) resources to select the words.

This dictionary includes more 500 math related vocabulary words for five different grade level intervals spanning K-12. The dictionary is presented in English and Spanish text with ASL and SEE options for each word Many math words have more than one sign (especially for ASL) depending on the context. However, we have tried to select the one or two signs that are most often used for the selected grade level. This dictionary is meant to be a starting point for learning math signs, not a comprehensive collection of all possible signs for a word.

How was the Texas Math Sign Language Dictionary developed?

Read about it here.

Why ASL and SEE?

The Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf (RDSPDs) in Texas use a variety of sign language/systems so it is very challenging to create a dictionary that covers all of the possible variations. We selected ASL and SEE which are significantly different from each other for a number of the signs.

The selection was also based on the availability of interpreters in the Central Texas area. Fortunately, we had a number of experienced ASL and SEE interpreters in this area who were willing to contribute to this project. We may consider expanding the sign preference options in the future.

Who developed this dictionary?

The Educational Resource Center on Deafness collaborated with a number of professionals from Texas School for the Deaf, Region XIII, the University of Texas, Austin Community College, and a number of private consultants. The project contributors included certified deaf education math teachers and certified ASL and SEE instructors and interpreters. See the list here.