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Easy Italian News – La stampa italiana

Date of Publication

2019

Target Group

Lecturers
Students

Domain Area

Business & Communication
International Relations
Journalism & multimedia

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language

Italian

Language of Instruction

English

CEFR level

B1
B2
C1

Type of Material

Activity/task
Audio

Linguistic Features

Vocabulary
Grammar
Pragmatics
Prosody

Skills

Listening
Critical Thinking
Reading

Description

The site includes a collection of news from the main Italian newspapers. The texts are simplified and adapted for learners of L2/LS Italian, so that they can be understood also by lower proficiency levels. The written texts are accompanied by the corresponding audio file.
The approach to the text is based on two principles (quoted from the site):
1. There’s a text to go with the audio (so that’s potentially easier than watching or listening to the ‘normal’ news)
2. The articles are formatted in such a way as to highlight
which words go together (collocate or are grammatically-linked) with other words. According to the authors, once you get used to the odd formatting, you quickly fall into the habit of reading and listening to every day. Within a few months, your comprehension of spoken and written texts will improve considerably

The subscription to the site is free and you receive an email notification when a new post is made.

Case study

Not yet available

Guidelines

In the classroom context, the texts contained in the site are very good inputs to be used for teaching units based on topics covering current affairs, culture, society, etc.
At an operational level, teachers can start from listening comprehension activities and then move on the written text so students can verify the hypotheses made. Then grammar structures, vocabulary and culture specificities can be explored, according to students’ needs and proficiency level, as some of the content is complex, not only grammatically but also in terms of infrequently-used terms which, anyway, may be in daily use in Italy.

But the texts can be also be used for autonomous learning. The site contains a section called ‘advice’ where good tips and experience reports are provided, according to the learning style and proficiency level of Italian of users.

Review

Category
Rate
Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students

4

Added value
The provided tangible improvements

3

Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills

4

Innovation
Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning

4

Transferability
Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries

5

Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning

4

Adaptability
Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need

5

Usability
Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Accessibility
Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student

5

Comments:
The approach is very simple, it doesn't provide any particular tangible improvement to LSP teaching and learning but, thanks to the nice and interesting selection of news taken from the whole range of the Italian press and to the combination of audio file and written text, students may be motivated to use them. Moreover, the site includes also good and pesonalized advice for self-learning and encourages the learner to challenge herself even at lower levels of Italian.
In order to facilitate comprehension and metalinguistic reflection, the written texts are formatted by putting in a line words that are linked grammatically or in collocation: this creative method lends itself to be transferable to other languages and be a source of further application.
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