85054 - Didactics of the Italian Language (LM) (M-Z)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2018/2019

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 (28th January – 15th March 2019) with the ad hoc short programme.


The changes from the M-Z course to the A-L course are only possible for valid reasons and with the consent of the teacher.




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. [http://revistacaracteres.net]

 4. Esperienze di e-learning per l’italiano: metodi, strumenti, contesti d’uso, edited by Matteo Viale, Bologna, Bononia University Press, 2018 (Didattica dell'italiano, 1). [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) L’italiano e la rete, le reti per l’italiano, a cura di Giuseppe Patota e Fabio Rossi, goWare & Accademia della Crusca, 2018. [available only in e-book format to this link]

B) Adriano Colombo, “A me mi”. Dubbi, errori, correzioni nell'italiano scritto, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2011.

Students who opt for the exam of 6 CFU must study texts at points 1, 2 and 3. 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, with multiple choice and essay questions about all the readings. The exam is differentiated between attending and non-attending students, according to the readings.

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

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