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European Projects in University Language Centres

Creativity, Dynamics, Best Practice


Edited By Carmen Argondizzo

This volume offers a collection of best practices carried out in university contexts with the aim of highlighting the relevant role that Language Centres play in the field of language learning and the benefit they receive from European project planning. Issues such as intercomprehension, integration and diversity, interlinguistic models in disadvantaged migration contexts, audio description, cinema and translation as well as crosscurricular studies for university students, learners’ assessment, the promotion of plurilingualism in enterprises and in the legal field are tackled with special attention on the theoretical and practical dimensions that projects need to consider during the planning, implementation and dissemination actions. The variety of topics shows the daily liveliness that University Language Centres experience and the energy that they offer to the national and international communities. Thus the final chapter attentively explores strategies of Quality Assurance which further enhance the value of team work and project work within and beyond the academic context. This has the aim of promoting both cooperation that crosses geographical boundaries as well as quality in project dynamics which encourages a wide-angled multilingual and multicultural perspective.
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Uni.Italia: didactic procedures and innovative proposals for teaching Italian L2 to foreign university students


Abstract: This chapter presents the Uni.Italia project for teaching Italian L2 in university language centres, winner of the 2010 European Label, the European Commission’s recognition for initiatives promoting and disseminating language knowledge.

The project stemmed out of the need for editorial materials that, following the recommendations of the Council of Europe for language education and consistent with a learner centred approach, satisfy the current learning needs of students, characterized by an elevated sociocultural, linguistic and motivational profile. In particular, Uni.Italia focuses on the development of general and communicative competences in the contexts of study and work within the Italian university system, aiming at promoting the knowledge of Italian language and culture and consequently at favouring the mobility of students and professionals.

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