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


  • Katharina M. Fromm Dept. of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 9, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland;, Email:



Diversity in students, Experiments in lectures, General chemistry teaching, Large classes, Plurilinguistic teaching


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.




How to Cite

K. M. Fromm, Chimia 2021, 75, 39, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2021.39.