Date
21 April 2019

Provide options for language, mathematical expressions, and symbols

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Provide access to information, support understanding’

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Overview

Overview

An introduction to ways to make written information more accessible to all learners.

It includes information on potential barriers to understanding.

Access to new language

Access to new language

To support understanding of new vocabulary and unfamiliar symbols: 

Examples of support:

  • provide illustrations connected to students’ experiences
  • use diagrams and visuals alongside
  • pre-teach important concepts and vocabulary
  • provide opportunities to build vocabulary together
  • encourage use of online dictionaries (for example, maths dictionaries)
  • embed glossaries or word definitions within online learning environment
  • explicitly teach vocabulary through concrete objects and demonstrations.

Source: Adapted from UDL Supporting diversity in BC schools (opens in a new tab/window)

Understanding across languages

Understanding across languages

Students highlight the need for teachers to focus on supporting understanding when communicating.

Use multiple media

Use multiple media

Felix is a Year 5 student with dyslexia.

Having the option to use video supports his understanding of new concepts.

Reflection questions

Reflection questions

 
  • How will I clarify important vocabulary (for example, embedded support, highlight terms)?
  • How will I reduce the barriers for decoding of text (for example, text to speech, digital text)?
  • How will I support second language learners?
  • What are alternative ways to promote understanding of language (for example, dominant language, link key vocabulary, electronic tools)?
  • How will I incorporate multiple media to support understanding of text (for example, animation, storyboard, illustrations, simulations, images, or interactive images)?

Source: Questions to ask – UDL considerations, Arizona Department of Education (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Illustrated mathematics dictionary

Publisher: Maths Is Fun

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Website

Multiple means of representation

Publisher: Durham College

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Website

Teacher tools

Publisher: Teacher Tools

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Provide access to information, support understanding”:

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