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Language and its Effects

Proceedings from the 31st International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society

Edited By Marija Brala Vukanović and Anita Memišević

The effects of language are numerous. Some are known and have been described, other effects are intuitive and are still waiting to be understood, explained and predicted, while – possibly – there might be more effects that we are still unaware of. The book brings together 16 contributions organized into two main sections: The first one relates to the issue of the effects of language in the FL classroom. The second one can, broadly speaking, be subsumed under the heading of sociolinguistics, given that it brings together a number of papers exploring the effects of language on society and/or on the individual. The answers to the questions have been provided by linguists – theoreticians and practitioners - from multiple perspectives. Thus, the conclusions and invitations for further research put forth in the papers collected in this book, should be of use to anyone with an interest in the effects of language, from cognitive scientists to FL teachers.

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Oral interaction in the teaching of the Serbian and Croatian languages as FL to Italian speakers (Olja Perišić Arsić)


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Olja Perišić Arsić

Università degli studi di Torino (

Oral interaction in the teaching of the Serbian and Croatian languages as FL to Italian speakers

Abstract: Since the 1980s, the communicative approaches in language teaching have shown the importance of interaction, particularly if the guided learning process takes place outside of the authentic context. In this case, the teacher’s work becomes particularly important, since the teacher’s oral input is often the only one to which the learner is exposed.

The studies in this field (Ciliberti 2003; Orletti 2000; Titone 1988) have specified the divergence that exists between natural speech used on a daily basis in an authentic environment, and the discourse used in language classroom. We will start from this statement to verify how true it is in our field of work and to consider the reasons and the need for this teaching practice. This paper will examine student-student and student-teacher interaction in a Serbian and Croatian language class for Master’s students at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Modern Cultures at the University of Turin. The study will involve the transcription of audio recordings of the lessons, which were held during the academic year 2015–2016. It will observe the method used by the teacher in order to be understood, for example with verbal intervention, alternating teacher talk with foreigner talk (Diadori, 2004), or by using the students’ native language. It will...

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