The main objective of this workshop is to provide tools for knowledge and reflection on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), its genesis, its evolution and the impact that this key Council of Europe document has had on language teaching. It will address in particular the concept of multilingualism and its implications, the notion of actional approach and its (potential) impact on the evolution of language teaching, and finally the new vision of evaluation promoted by the CEFR. The course will help students to develop a critical view of language teaching and the role of the language teacher in society. Students will be engaged in an active/interactive and reflective learning process. The course is offered in Italian and complemented by materials in different languages.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this course, students will: 1. Develop a background knowledge of how the domain of language education has developed (methodologies and approaches), as well as future perspectives (CEFR and other reference documents) 2. Develop a deep understanding of the CEFR and the way it both integrates and informs the advances in the field of language education 3. Acquire a critical and reflective posture towards language methodologies, approaches, resources and practices supported by research/ literature. 4. Develop knowledge of the action oriented approach 5. Develop a general knowledge of the interconnection of core aspects of teaching: planning, course delivery and assessing the learning process.
Lesson period: First semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The workshop is titled The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (2001-2018) and consists of 20 hours of lessons by Prof. Enrica Piccardo, visiting professor at the University of Toronto.
The workshop has been designed to support students to get acquainted with the philosophy of assessment, learning and teaching in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It will show in what way the CEFR can function as a tool that is flexible, efficient and rich in ideas.
Prerequisites for admission
The workshop, which is held in Italian, the materials and the bibliography of the exam presuppose good language skills in English and in French or German or Spanish. Students of Degree Courses other than Languages who do not know these languages cannot take the exam. Erasmus or other forms of mobility students are admitted, as long as they have skills in Italian and in the other mentioned languages.
The course adopts the following teaching methods: face-to-face lessons, face-to-face and online activities.
The exam consists of an individual interview, which includes questions asked by the teacher, interactions between teacher and student and the analysis and commentary of the CEFR, lessons and materials observed.
International students or incoming Erasmus students are invited to contact the teacher as soon as possible. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent office.