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Open Access General Chemistry: Large Classes, Mixed Public, Three Languages (A Personal Experience)

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At most universities, teaching general chemistry to fresh(wo)men is a challenge as the audience is usually composed of students of different backgrounds and interests. On one hand, the lecture is meant to bring all students to a basic level of chemistry required for future studies, on the other hand, certain concepts are discussed in much more depth than what students know from school. While it is already a balancing act to teach the content to students with little chemistry knowledge without boring those who took intensive classes at school, the University of Fribourg adds a challenge by teaching officially bilingual classes.
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Keywords: DIVERSITY IN STUDENTS; EXPERIMENTS IN LECTURES; GENERAL CHEMISTRY TEACHING; LARGE CLASSES; PLURILINGUISTIC TEACHING

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dept. of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 9, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: February 1, 2021

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