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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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Italiano in rete: a participatory project


Abstract: The objective of this chapter is to present the Italiano in rete project which was submitted to the national tender from the European Fund for the Integration of third-countries. Eight institutions took part, led by the Municipality of Venice, while scientific coordination was entrusted to the University Language Centre of Ca’ Foscari, Venice: the eight partners worked together to create blanket coverage for the needs of a disadvantaged L2 target group across the Venetian territory with regard to Italian language and culture. The project’s success can be attributed in particular to a synergy of strengths and intentions. The first section of the chapter is devoted to a chronicle of this project and its facts and figures; the second section explains the role played by the University Language Centre, its coordination and the design of common materials and courses; the third and final section analyses the results of interviews conducted with the beneficiaries.

1.  Genesis of the Italiano in rete project

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