TEACHING ITALIAN AND MODERN LANGUAGES
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
Knowledge and understanding:
students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of educational linguistics thanks to the use of different sources (manuals, books and scientific articles, lectures, online learning objects etc.) regarding foundation topics and advanced research in the field of educational linguistics.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills useful for an initial training for L2 and L1 language teachers, as well as for other professional profiles related to the field of school and academic publishing and computer assisted language teaching. In particular, students will develop skills needed both to create and support argumentation and to solve problems in the field of educational linguistics.
students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in in the field of educational linguistics, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and intercultural, scientific and ethical topics connected to the judgements expressed.
thanks to the specific focus on communication competences and in particular on the development and use of mediation skills, students will be able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists.
thanks to the general scaffolding of the course which puts processes related to language learning and teaching in a social context at the centre, students will develop learning skills useful to fulfil further studies in educational linguistics and more generally speaking as learners in the second cycle or in lifelong learning education.
Course contents summary
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, with reference to modern languages.
This course complies with D.M.616.
1. Mezzadri M., I nuovi ferri del mestiere, Bonacci, Roma 2015;
For students who cannot attend the classes on a regular basis, the study
of the following book is to be added:
2. Mezzadri M., Studiare in italiano all'università, Bonacci, Torino 2016.
Lectures; interaction with students during lectures; workshops, further work and interaction online.
The course will also be offered in a blended way on the distance learning platform called Elly.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written and oral exam.
The written part will last one hour and thirty minutes. Students will have to give evidence
of their knowledge acquired through the studying of a book on language
teaching methodology: I nuovi ferri del mestiere (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13. The remaining chapters will be part of the oral exam. See the list of recommended readings). 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
of other materials assigned during the classes and the remaining chapters of the manual which will not have been tested in the written exam.
Students who cannot attend the classes regularly will have to refer to the list of recommended readings.
A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an inability to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.
Only students enrolled on this course as from the year 2013-14 are expected to take also the written exam.
As from January 2017, the written exam is based only on the book I nuovi ferri del mestiere (see the list of recommended readings).