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1 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Thematic seminar Raising awareness on cultural and linguistic diversity and language learning Vienna, Austria 6-8th of July 2009

2 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Education policy and programs in Italy - educational system PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION nursery schools, Age 3-6 Scuola dellInfanzia COMPULSORY EDUCATION Education is compulsory from 6 up to 16 years of age. However, students have a right/duty to continue their training within the education system for at least 12 years or up to the obtainment of a qualification (three years) within the vocational education and training system within18 years of age. first cycle of education Primo ciclo di istruzione primary school, Age 6-11 Scuola primaria lower secondary school, Age Scuola secondaria di primo grado POST-COMPULSORY EDUCATION/UPPER SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY LEVEL second cycle of education Secondo ciclo di istruzione General education, Upper secondary school, Age classical upper secondary school Liceo classico scientific upper secondary school Liceo scientifico linguistic upper secondary school Liceo linguistico upper secondary school with a sociological-psycological and pedagogical orientation Liceo socio- psico-pedagogico artistic upper secondary school, Age 14-18/19 Liceo artistico Technical education, Age technical school Istituto tecnico Vocational education, Age 14-17/19 vocational school Istituto professionale art schools Istituti darte Source: Eurydice, European Commission, Directorate- General for Education and Culture, National summary sheets on education systems in Europe and ongoing reforms, ITALY, DECEMBER 2008

3 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Education policy and programs in Italy - European/international dimension through the national curriculum As far as primary and lower secondary school are concerned, the guidelines for the curriculum of 2007 provide important cues for various teaching subjects: The sensitivity towards the contribution of other European or Mediterranean languages and cultures to the Italian language represents an important resource for intercultural education (subject: Italian); Learning at least two European foreign languages allows let pupils acquire multilingual and multicultural skills and exercise active citizenship beyond the national boundaries (subject: EU languages). NO SUGGESTION ABOUT METHODS

4 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Non formal/informal: main didactic and methodological model(s) and means - environment Various contexts analysed: education, companies, vocational training centres, cultural associations (evening courses/leisure time), social associations/centres (Italians/immigrants), courses for foreigners, …

5 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Non formal/informal: main didactic and methodological model(s) and means – diversity: young male/female, country of origin, education, culture… Participants are the most different ones: L2 for Italians: young adults with fresh EN studied at school and never practiced, they are normally mixed gender with prevalence of males, Young people, adults, women, over 45: mixed classes, women (at any age) have a wider flexibility to approach new methodologies but they are more resistant at dedicating time for their own improvement; L2 for foreigners: EU and non EU immigrants (1 st & 2 nd generation), Young people, adults, women, nationality: mixed classes, Ethnical and cultural differences; some taboo item (e.g. religion).

6 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Non formal/informal: main didactic and methodological model(s) and means – common approach/method Behaviourist approach use of methods and didactical materials stimulating fantasy and creativity: to feel the students comfortable, to make expression in a foreign language easier, to involve the students, to shorten the distance between teacher and students, to throw down the barriers to learn… This method represent a counter-trend compared with Italian practices, still using more traditional methods.

7 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Non formal/informal: main didactic and methodological model(s) and means – tools used Songs as testimonial of authentic language, Movies, TV series for idioms, colloquial sentences, Books for lexicon, Audio books, Pod casts of international magazines and/or networks, Comics to fill, Dialogues to be performed, Wide role playing use, Mime show, Advertisements, The city as learning environment (e.g. places, buildings, services, transports, literature)…

8 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Non formal/informal: drivers The focus is more on the skills than on the language structure, Communicative language, Informal environment Informal learning. Structure removal, Use of play, i.e. to learn as children do, Language acquisition, not language study, Teacher as a counsellor, to win the learners barriers, Real language continuous exposure with different tools, Strong and continuous interaction teacher/learner, focused on learners needs, Empathic relation, To lean on personal interests, Experience based tools, Being part of a team, Links & connections among different matters and environments, Link with the environment (sociality)…

9 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Specific needs Informal environment Informal learning Young people: prefer interfacing with computers than books CD ROMs IPods, listen music on their IPod all the times, learn to use the songs to learn English, follow TV series much more that film, except the serial films TV series and movies (Harry Potter, Twilight...), are allergic to classics and everything that looks like school, use passing systems, i.e. horizontal learning instead of vertical one, need to be listened.

10 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Recommendations Traditional methods rules grammar structure organisation … music internet TV social networks YOUNG Passing systems others

11 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Specific needs Informal environment Informal learning Teacher (counsellor, to facilitate): Shorten the distances, Teach & play, Teach & communicate, Teach & listen, Pay attention to links & connections among different matters and environments, Pay attention to learning needs & Social needs…

12 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Languages taught – Motivation for language learning Italians: Internet Music Travels Social networks… Foreigners: Integration (!), Employment, Use of services, Opportunities…

13 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Good Practice example - 1 Upper secondary school, Italian students. Out of the school The students prepared researches whose result was presented (in English) in a public event and the proceeds was used to support the local park storks colony. Students groups chose matters according to their interests, such as music (Beatles, Nirvana & U2 music & lyrics) and differences between 70s and actual values among teenagers, also using music and lyrics. A DVD was also produced. The event, held in the local Town Hall was very successful. It were overturned the traditional teaching-learning rules, going beyond school borders. Students motivation was a very important success element.

14 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Good Practice example - 2 EU and non-EU immigrants (1 st and 2 nd generation) The city as learning environment Traditional lessons to introduce method and city map (structure, characteristic, also in the figurative sense..), Guided group city tours, then groups without guide, Building, places, shops, people, transports, services… Examination, description, interviews, Remarks and consideration together, To know the environment, To know the languages (i.e. the different Italian languages) To help them in integration (!)

15 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Financing/ possible funds EU level Dissemination projects for mainstreaming National/local level National/local public authority financing To vocational training centres (using ESF) To no-profit associations (sport, immigrants, others… using funds for social activities) MoE financing (schools autonomy system) Self-financing (association members, families…) PROBLEM: FUNDS REDUCTION

16 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Recommendations – raising and strengthening motivation Situation Formal (education system) = traditional methods (!) Formal (vocational training system) = active methods Non formal/informal = active methods Pedagogical recommendations Use of active methods based on experience and learners interests focus on the skills more than on the language structure More attention to environment and culture of origin Structural Recommendations Changing of teacher role = from teacher to counsellor Recommendations for Raising Awareness/ Reaching the Target groups Experience and interest based methods and tools Recommendations regarding Implementation into existing Measures Experiences exchange Teachers training More methodological flexibility

17 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Recommendations FORMAL ENVIRONMENT Traditional methods Informal teaching Traditional methods & Informal teaching

18 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Recommendations Non standard teaching Non formal/Informal environment Informal learning Formal environment Informal teaching better learning HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?

19 Project number LLP DE-KA2-KA2NM Grant agreement number / Thank you Giovanni Primavera IAL CISL Emilia Romagna T M This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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