75832 - Glottodidactics (1)

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Academic Year 2015/2016

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will acquire the main theories and working methods in the field of second- language teaching and learning and will be able to assess the results of the main general linguistic theories at an applied level. Furthermore, students will be able to apply general linguistic competences when planning teaching paths and analysing learning methods.


Course contents

- Language teaching as an interdisciplinary science.
- Main approaches to second-language/foreign-language teaching and acquisition.
- Learning varieties development stages.
- Second-language/foreign-language learning skills.
- Planning and applying learning paths.
- Second-language/foreign-language teaching methods and techniques.
- The role of technology in second-language/foreign-language teaching
- Linguistic skills assessment

All the course topics will be developed with a specific focus on teaching of Italian as a second language/foreign Language.



1. Texts and material available on the e-learning platform of the course.
2. Marina Chini, Cristina Bosisio (a cura di), Fondamenti di glottodidattica. Apprendere e insegnare le lingue oggi, Roma, Carocci, 2014 (chapters 1-5).
3. Pierangela Diadori, Massimo Palermo, Donatella Troncarelli, Insegnare italiano come seconda lingua, Roma, Carocci, 2015 (chapters 6-12).

Non-attending students must substitute point 1 of the bibliography with the full texts in points 2 and 3.


Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and workshops.


Assessment methods

The exam consists in a written test which differs depending on students having attended the course or not. It is composed of 5 open questions on the course subjects: 2 questions are rather general in nature and require articulated answers (max. 10 points each); 3 questions are more specific and entail concise answers (max 4 points each). Some questions aim at assessing the students’ knowledge of the course content and refer to the texts indicated in the programme; others focus on the students’ ability to apply the acquired knowledge to specific cases related to the course subjects.

The final mark (based on a 30-point scale) is the sum of the points obtained for each answer (31 and 32 correspond to cum-laude mark, "30 e lode").

The assessment is based on the students’ competence and ability to offer a critical exposition of the course subjects, on the use of specific language and on the text correctness, clarity and conciseness.



Teaching tools

Students who regularly attend the lessons can use the reference material provided online. In particular, an up-to-date calendar of the classes and an e-learning platform reserved to attending students.


Office hours

See the website of Matteo Viale