Language Education in Chemistry

David Meyer

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Language Education in Chemistry

Language and chemistry teaching are interrelated. Thus, no chemistry lessons can take place entirely without language. Moreover, every chemistry lesson is also a language lesson. If one defines the term language broadly and includes not only the typical verbal language but also other linguistic forms of representation (such as formulas, diagrams and pictures), it quickly becomes clear that chemistry lessons also teach linguistic skills. In this context, the technical language of chemistry represents a special linguistic register that is also worked on by the learners during chemistry lessons.

Growing social inequality and linguistic-cultural heterogeneity also require chemistry teachers to take action in the area of linguistic education and promotion. Therefore, Mr. David Meyer is working on the topic of language sensitivity from the perspective of teacher education as part of his doctorate in chemistry education. Empirical studies are producing new findings for the design of future teacher training in the area of language support.

Find out more about language in chemistry teaching on the individual pages.

(Changed: 2021-09-09)