“Penso che ci sono problemi con articoli e preposizioni”: un’esperienza di disagio linguistico nella classe di italiano L2

Title in English "I think i have problems with articles and prepositions": a linguistic-insecurity experience with learners of Italian L2


Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Italiano LinguaDue
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web https://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/promoitals/article/view/14974/13884
Keywords Error analysis; linguistic insecurity; foreign language learning
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Description Research into connections between errors and linguistic insecurity among university students in foreign language classes have drawn attention to the fact that learners concentrate on the normative aspects of language and that they are more worried about their linguistic competence (above all morphosyntax, phonology and lexicon) than pragmatic competence or communicative flexibility/efficacy. Nonetheless, they consider errors as basic elements of the learning process and therefore they ask the teacher for constant feedback and correction. Starting from these considerations, we examined whether the “fear of making errors” corresponded to the actual presence of errors in texts, and if reflection on the perceived distance between L1 and L2 can be useful in the teaching/learning process, in order to revise the nature of language insecurity. Two groups of Czech and Slovak students of Italian L2 were involved in this study. Results show that by developing metalinguistic competence, the communicative and pragmatic view on language are strengthened; in addition, errors are positively reevaluated and they are instrumental in reducing the feeling of anxiety or in increasing awareness of the language learning process.
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