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260078 SE Language in physics classes (2013S)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik
Continuous assessment of course work

Starts: 19.03.2013; 09:00-10:45 Seminarraum AECC, Porzellangasse 4/2/2, 3. Stk.

Further seminaries: Tue 16.04., 30.04., 14.05., 04.06., 18.06.; from 09:00-10:45.

Registration necessary via Univis between 01.02.13 08:00 and 28.02.13 23:00.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: German



Currently no class schedule is known.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Language is a factor of crucial importance for the communication and understanding of central concepts of physics. Problems usually arise when physical concepts are communicated with language; here the encoded and decoded concept may be different or even contradicting. Everyday language often interferes with the terminology of physics and thus makes it for pupils more difficult to grasp appropriate concepts. In this seminar the importance of language for teaching is addressed and strategies for language sensitive teaching are discussed.

Assessment and permitted materials

Course with immanent character, (micro teaching)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Discussing the relation between language and learning processes.
Discussing educational research about language and teaching/learning.
Discussing strategies of language sensitive teaching.
Disucssing and develping strategies for instruction students with migrational background.

Examination topics

Lecture, Presentations, Analysing teaching materials and lessons.

Reading list

Leisen, J. (1998): Fachlernen und Sprachlernen im Physikunterricht. In: Praxis der Naturwissenschaften-Physik, Jg. 47, H. 2, S. 5-8.
Starauschek, E. (2006): 6.1 Zur Rolle der Sprache beim Lernen von Physik. In: Mikelskis, H. F. (Hg.): Physik-Didaktik. Berlin: Cornelsen Scriptor. S. 183-203.

Association in the course directory

LA-Ph232 ,LA-Ph71 fW

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