85054 - Didactics of the Italian Language (LM)

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is able to: master the linguistic contents at the basis of Italian teaching; build consistent learning paths for the development of linguistic skills; identify objectives, tools and teaching methods for each topic.

Course contents

The course is made of a general part and a single-subject course.


General part: Concepts, methods and tools to teach Italian

General part focuses on the main linguistic contents underpinning the teaching of the Italian language (linguistic and communicative competence, linguistic skills, variation, norm, text, text typologies, role of grammar in teaching activities, readability, cross-sectoral nature of the linguistic elements in the disciplinary learning processes), the linguistic education in Italy, from the point of view of its history, most recent research trends and training methods.


Single-subject part: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and development of linguistic skills


Students who opt for the single exam of 6 CFU shall attend the course in the 3rd period of the academic year (29th January – 9th March 2018) with the ad hoc short programme.


References for the 12 CFU exam

1. Texts and material available on the e-learning platform of the course.

2. Maria G. Lo Duca, Lingua italiana ed educazione linguistica. Tra storia, ricerca e didattica, Roma, Carocci, 2013.

3. Matteo Viale, Using Information and Communication Technology in Italian Language Learning and Teaching: from Teacher Education to Classroom Activities, in “Caracteres. Estudios culturales y críticos de la esfera digital”, Vol. 6 (2), 2017, pp. 343-366 (available on the website http://revistacaracteres.net).

4. Daniela Bertocchi, I fili di un discorso. Scritti di educazione linguistica, Roma, Aracne, 2015 (Parts II, III and V) (info).

5. Cristiana De Santis, Cos’è la grammatica valenziale, Roma, Carocci, 2016.


Non-attending students must complement the programme in place of point 1 with the following texts:

A) Didattica delle lingue e tecnologie digitali, ed. by Matteo La Grassa and Donatella Troncarelli, Siena, Becarelli, 2017 (info);

B) Daniela Bertocchi, I fili di un discorso. Scritti di educazione linguistica, Roma, Aracne, 2015 (Parts I, IV and VI) (info).


Students who opt for the exam of 6 CFU must study texts at points 1, 2 and 5. Non-attending students must complement the programme in place of point 1 with the text A.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars and workshops.

Assessment methods

For all students, the exam consists of a written exam (30 multiple choice questions about the readings n. 2 and 5) and an oral exam.

The written exam aims at assessing the knowledge of the concepts, methods and tools to teach Italian; the oral exam assess the ability to use the conceptual tools to design training paths.

Students who regularly attended the lessons complement part of the oral exam with the discussion of a short written essay (maximum 5 pages of 2,000 characters, spaces included). The written essay consists in the preparation of a lesson (materials included) on the topic of the course agreed with one of the professor. The essay must follow the guidelines provided in class.

Students whose mother tongue is not Italian must have a good knowledge of the Italian language.

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.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Matteo Viale