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single-cycle master degrees (5 years) in PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION

Course year 4
Teaching units Unit LINGUISTICA ITALIANA 2
Linguistics (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: L-FIL-LET/12 CFU: 6
Linguistics (laboratory)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: L-FIL-LET/12 CFU: 1
Teachers: Gabriele PALLOTTI
Exam type written
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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At the end of the course the student should be able to do what follows:
- Aanalyzing the main phenomena of contemporary Italian and that of past centuries.
- Discussing the main categories of descriptive linguistics, both in research and at school.
- Analyzing the linguistic productions of learners and semi-literate people, with a special emphasis on the concept of 'error'.
- Understanding children's narrative strategies
- Being able to deal with situations of linguistic deprivation, allowing students with special linguistic difficulties to reach good levels in the oral and written modes.

Admission requirements

Italian Linguistics I. The ability to write in a correct, clear and articulated manner is a necessary requirement, which will be evaluated in the exam.

Course contents

The course will deal with the varieties of Italian and their historical development (1 CFU). Special attention will be given to the productions of semi-literate people and on the development of narrative skills in children (2 CFU).
The course will deal with issues of linguistic deprivation, i.e. those situations in which knowledge of the Italian language is partial, thus requiring special pedagogic approaches (1 CFU). Special emphasis will be given to metalinguistic awareness, to various categories of errors, to writing skills (1 CU) and to non-native speakers' learning of Italian as a second language (1 CFU).

The contents above may be slightly modified, based on students' feedback or to particular circumstances. All updates are available on the course's webpage on Moodle.

Teaching methods

Lessons, practical activities, text analysis. The lessons will concern the history of Italian and the presentation of theoretical frameworks and empirical research as introduced in the section 'course contents'. Students will be actively involved throug class discussions, questions, hands-on activities. The course is supplemented by a workshop (1 CFU). Attendance is MANDATORY before the exam. Information about the workshop is available on the dolly web page. The course may be implemented in different ways according to specific circumstances due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Assessment methods

The exam can be taken only after attending the compulsory workshop. A first part of the exam lasts 2:30 hours and requires to answer some open questions, which may also include the analysis of some short texts, involving skills developed in laboratory activities; some multiple choice questions are also possible. The written test is evaluated and a grade is proposed. If the student believes that this mark adequately represents their preparation, they'll go directly to verbalization. If the student believes that his competence is more appropriately assessed through an oral exam, the exam will continue orally. The final grade can be equal to that proposed for the written part, higher or lower, depending on the overall result. The oral exams are held the same day as the written exam or in the immediately following days, depending on the number of students. Those who don't take the oral part of the exam in these days cannot do so later on, but can only accept or refuse the grade published on Esse3, based on their written performance. The procedures for carrying out the appeals electronically, if required by the health situation, are indicated on the Dolly page of the course. In principle, an attempt will be made to maintain as much as possible examination methods comparable to those followed in the presence.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
Critical knowledge of the main concepts of educational linguistics.Understanding of the introductory and specialized literature of the sector.
Applied knowledge and understanding.
Didactic knowledge related to language education and its methods.Specific knowledge for the inclusion of pupils from different cultures and learners of Italian as L2Analysis of pupils' linguistic productions
Judgment autonomy
Knowing how to evaluate the quality of pedagogical interventions and teaching materials, methodological proposals, theories.
Communication skills
Knowing how to express oneself precisely, effectively and correctly in written Italian.
Ability to learn.
Recognizing the links between different areas of language education
Reformulating the contents learned in new contexts and solving new problems


1. Altieri Biagi, M.L. Linguistica essenziale. Milano: Garzanti Garzanti.(solo capp.I-VI, pagg 21-120)
2. Giuliano, P. Abilità narrativa ed emarginazione sociale.. Napoli: Liguori.(solo pagg 9-167)
3. Boscolo, P. (a cura di) Insegnare i processi della scrittura nella scuola elementare. Firenze: La Nuova Italia.
4. A Colombo e W. Romani (a cura di), “E’ la lingua che ci fa uguali”, Firenze: La Nuova Italia (solo pagg. 133-166).
5. Colombo, A A me mi. Milano: Angeli.
6. Lo Duca, MG Viaggio nella grammatica. Roma: Carocci.
7. Pallotti, G. e AIPI (a cura di) Imparare e insegnare l’italiano come seconda lingua. Roma: Bonacci. (libro + DVD).
- Dispense distribuite nel corso delle lezioni e reperibili su Moodle alla fine del corso.
- Ripasso accurato dei testi in programma per Linguistica italiana 1, i cui contenuti sono necessari per superare l’esame di Linguistica italiana 2.

NB: i testi 1, 3, 4 e 7 non sono in commercio. Se ne trovano copie presso la biblioteca universitaria, la copisteria Spaggiari e le pagine Moodle dell’insegnamento.

La capacità di esprimersi per iscritto in modo chiaro e corretto è un requisito indispensabile e sarà valutata in sede di esame.