Why words matter in Science.

Good blog on literacy in Science but relevant to other departments too. If you want advice on how to develop vocab in your subject then speak to our Literacy Champion Katy Scott.

Twenty years in ... and still learning

As many of you may be aware, I have an unrelenting passion for language and literacy in science. So I thought that I would bite the bullet and start to share some of my ideas and thoughts behind such an important area that not only underpins every aspect of science teaching, but can easily be translated across different subject disciplines. The aim of this piece is to consider vocabulary as the foundation that all other areas of literacy depend upon.

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Ideas to think about…

  • Why is vocabulary important in science teaching?
  • How can teachers model effective use of language?
  • Why is it important to teach students the conceptual links between key terms in science?

“Science educators are also to some extent language teachers and that the learning of Science is like learning a whole new language”.

Wellington and Osborne (2001)


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