Learning Disciplinary Language and Multiple Competencies in First-Year Science: A Unit-by-Unit English Language Supplement for an OER Physics Textbook

TitleLearning Disciplinary Language and Multiple Competencies in First-Year Science: A Unit-by-Unit English Language Supplement for an OER Physics Textbook
Faculty/College/UnitVantage College
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2022
Project Summary

The proposed project supports multilingual students through the development of comprehensive instructional materials on the language of first-year physics. The teaching materials will be implemented as a unit-by-unit supplement to the internationally-available OER physics textbook for PHYS117 and in the credit-bearing content-and-language-integrated course in the science stream at Vantage College, VANT140. The supplement also offers a template for integrating discipline-specific language and multiple competencies instruction in chemistry and mathematics within and beyond Vantage College. Specifically, the instructional materials scaffold the multiple functions of language in generating valued physics knowledge by unpacking how these functions are realized in spoken and written problem-solving across multiple competencies in physics: mathematical, qualitative, visual. A key instructional tool are videos of students with different skill-sets solving problems, highlighting the collaborative use of language among differently-skilled learners. The proposed project extends from the successful piloting in W1 2021 of two early units across sections of VANT140.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2022/2023
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorAlfredo Ferreira
Year 1: Funded Amount15,487
Year 1: Team Members

Alfredo Ferreira, Lecturer, Academic English Program, Vantage College
Georg Rieger, Associate Professor of Teaching, Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science / Vantage College