Language confidence plays a vital role in the development of scientific thought and, consequently, in learners’ acquisition of scientific knowledge. The language mastering level and the internalization depth of wordconcept and expression-concept correspondences within the mother tongue are unparalleled by any other language that a person may use, making the mother tongue the optimal vehicle for public’s familiarization with the concepts and methods of science and for the development of skills essential to such familiarization, like visual literacy, logical abilities and abstract thinking. This paper provides extensive documentation on the impacts of using a alien language different from the mother tongue to approach scientific messages, through the analysis of the difficulties encountered by public in understanding scientific messages. The results stress the importance of utilizing the mother tongue to disseminate science news, at least until the audience acquires sufficient familiarity with the scientific words and simultaneously develops adequate mastering of relevant skills. This acquisition will constitute a solid foundation enabling clear identification of the science topics when utilizing other languages, so that the use of other languages can expand the range of communication possibilities and add the benefits ensuing from the different reflection-perspectives inherent in using different expression tools.

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Mother tongue is the best tool for communicating science

P. Navaraj   Yadava College, India

Language confidence plays a vital role in the development of scientific thought and, consequently, in learners’ acquisition of scientific knowledge. The language mastering level and the internalization depth of wordconcept and expression-concept correspondences within the mother tongue are unparalleled by any other language that a person may use, making the mother tongue the optimal vehicle for public’s familiarization with the concepts and methods of science and for the development of skills essential to such familiarization, like visual literacy, logical abilities and abstract thinking. This paper provides extensive documentation on the impacts of using a alien language different from the mother tongue to approach scientific messages, through the analysis of the difficulties encountered by public in understanding scientific messages. The results stress the importance of utilizing the mother tongue to disseminate science news, at least until the audience acquires sufficient familiarity with the scientific words and simultaneously develops adequate mastering of relevant skills. This acquisition will constitute a solid foundation enabling clear identification of the science topics when utilizing other languages, so that the use of other languages can expand the range of communication possibilities and add the benefits ensuing from the different reflection-perspectives inherent in using different expression tools.

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