Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course students will have acquired knowledge related to
the acquisition of a language, in particular of Italian as a first or second
language and competences on teaching Italian or another language to native and non native
Course contents summary
Italian language acquisition and teaching.
The first part of the course is dedicated to the exploration of the
mechanisms which rule language acquisition.
The second part deals with language teaching processes.
1. Mezzadri M., I ferri del mestiere, Guerra Edizioni, Perugia 2003;
2. Coonan C., La lingua straniera veicolare, Utet, Torino 2012 (2 ed.).
For students who cannot attend the classes on a regular basis, the study
of the following book is to be added:
Mezzadri M., Studiare in italiano, Mondadori, Milano 2011 (appendix
not to be included)
Lectures; interaction with students during lectures; workshops.
Assessment methods and criteria
written and oral exam.
The written part will last 1,30 hours. Students will have to give evidence
of their knowledge acquired through the studying of a book on language
teaching methodology. The written exam will be based on a set of about 15
items of different kinds (objective and subjective). Students will be
allowed to sit for the oral exam only if they reach 18/30 in the written
part. The oral exam will be based on a discussion about the written part
and of topics dealt with during the classes and through the study
materials and the second (and, if required, third) book assigned.
Only students enrolled on this course (Didattica dell'italiano) as from the
year 2013-14 are expected to take also the written exam.