Innovation in Language Learning

Edition 17

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Technologies for Teaching and Learning Intercultural Competence and Interlanguage Pragmatics in L2 Italian. Experiences of Implementing an Online Language Course on Moodle Platform

Borbála Samu, University for Foreigners of Perugia (Italy)

Valentino Santucci, University for Foreigners of Perugia (Italy)

Talia Sbardella, University for Foreigners of Perugia (Italy)


Pragmatic competence is one of the main components of communicative ability in a second language. Recently, a great deal of research has been done regarding the acquisition and teaching of pragmatics of Italian as a foreign language (Nuzzo & Gauci 2012, Santoro & Vedder 2016). However, resources and teaching materials dealing with this aspect of the Italian language are still very scarce. This article describes the experiences in creating an Italian online language course, focusing on the tools available through the Moodle e-learning platform, selected to enhance the learning of this ability in language learners. Finally, the study points out some disadvantages of Moodle and indicates directions for future development allowing a more efficient language teaching online.

Keywords: online language learning, interactive language learning, intercultural pragmatic competence, Italian as a Foreign Language.

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