Second Language Teaching

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is aimed at analyzing the processes involved in the acquisition of a second/foreign language, the main teaching methods according to a linguistic and a communicative approach, and the practical aspects related to the planning and implementation of a teaching sequence (needs analysis, syllabus design, task implementation, testing and evaluation).
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will demonstrate a clear understanding of the constructs related to: - second language acquisition processes (input, output, interaction, feedback) - the description of an L2 and the communication processes involved (language ability, communicative competence, communicative language activity, context of language use) - the planning and implementation of an L2 teaching sequence (needs analysis, language aims, language levels, learning outcomes, approach, method, syllabus, procedure, technique, task, testing, assessment). By the end of the course, students will be able to analyze (with the support of questions): - L2 learning contexts - the implementation of linguistic and communicative methods for L2 teaching - tools for the identification of L2 language needs - the implementation of techniques and tasks in L2 teaching materials - types and formats of L2 tests and evaluation methods.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Due to the Covid 19 emergency, lessons will be taught online on the Teams platform
https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/servizi-gli-studenti/servizi-tecnologi…
Lessons will be videorecorded and made available for further reference.
If necessary, the written exam will be replaced by an online exam. More information will be provided in due course.
Updates, lesson slides, handouts and short reading texts will be available on the course website (Ariel Platform) https://ariel.unimi.it/ Please, check the website regularly.
Course syllabus
1. L2 learning: input, output, interaction, feedback
2. L1 and L2: features and learning processes
3. L2 learning: theoretical perspectives and applications
4. Linguistic methods (Grammar-translation, Oral Situational) and communicative methods (Notional- Functional, Task-based Learning and Teaching)
5. Description of an L2: language ability, communicative competence, communicative activity, strategy, context of language use)
6. The planning of an L2 course: learners' factors and needs
7. The planning of an L2 course: learning aims and outcomes, syllabus
8. The planning and implementation of an L2 course: tasks, techniques, materials
9. L2 testing and assessment: test types, assessment criteria and methods.
Prerequisites for admission
The course can be introductory and complementary to the courses of Teaching English/French/German/ Spanish as a foreign language. It is taught entirely in Italian. Some reading materials are in English and require a B2-C1 level.
Teaching methods
The course aims to combine theory and practice. Different methods will be used: short lectures by the teacher and hands-on tasks for the analysis of teaching materials and planning and assessment tools .
Lesson slides, handouts and short reading texts will be available on the course website (Ariel Platform) https://ariel.unimi.it/
Teaching Resources
Module A
- Ciliberti, A. (2012) Glottodidattica. Per una cultura dell'insegnamento linguistico. Roma: Carocci.
(Chapters 1-7)
- Lesson slides, handouts and short reading texts for Module A available on the course website (Ariel Platform).

Module B
- Ciliberti, A. (2012) Glottodidattica. Per una cultura dell'insegnamento linguistico. Roma: Carocci.
(Chapters 8-13)
- Lesson slides, handouts and short reading texts for Module B available on the course website (Ariel Platform).
The students who cannot attend classes regularly are requested to contact the teacher of the course before taking the exam. They are also requested to read five additional articles (available on the online library resources); the titles of the articles will be specified on the course website.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of two written papers, each on the syllabus and reading list for modules A and B respectively. Each paper has three types of open-ended questions: extended definition of a key construct/concept; description of a process/ a tool/a technique/a strategy; material/task evaluation/ implementation. The exam is in Italian and lasts two hours.
Each exam paper is assessed with a mark out of 30, which is given by the sum of the marks of each answer. The pass mark for each paper is 18/30. The final mark of the written exam is given by the average of the marks students get in each paper.
The results of the exam will be posted on the notice board of the course website (Ariel platform). Students will be given the opportunity to see their exam papers during office hours.
The students who cannot attend classes regularly are also requested to take an oral exam on the additional reading list assigned. The final mark of their exam is given by the average of the marks they get in the written and oral exams.
Unita' didattica A
L-LIN/02 - EDUCATIONAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/02 - EDUCATIONAL LINGUISTICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)