Academic year 2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title GLOTTODIDATTICA
Course code LT0140 (AF:232725 AR:117783)
Modality Frontal Lesson
ECTS credits 6
Subdivision Class 1
Degree level Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code L-LIN/02
Period 2nd Semester
Course year 1
Course objectives
ATTENTION: Clases are based on the initials of students' surnames.
Class 1 Balboni A-E
Class 2 Coonan F-O
Class 3 Serragiotto P-Z
Only students of Class 1 can take their exams with me.

Knowledge and understanding
The student will acquire basic knowledge and understanding regarding: underlying theoretical principles of language teaching; theories of language acquisition; historical development of language teaching; culture in the teaching of languages.

The student will acquire the skills to: make connections between theory and its implications for practice; analyze teaching materials; elaborate exercises and tasks for a given group with specific needs; analyze a situation for language teaching intervention.

The course gives 6 credits
- the notion of communicative competence
- language aptitude and attitude
- teaching and learning grammar and lexis
- developing language skills
- technology and learning/teaching languages
- learning/teaching how to read literary texts
- intercultural communication
A videocourse summarizes the contents above.
Referral texts
BALBONI P.E., 2011, "Le sfide di Babele", new edition 2015, Torino, Utet Università. This edition includes some 50 pages not to be found in previous editions.

If the student wants to encrease his or her mark, it is possible to write a paper about one of the following books in Italian, or other books in other languages, according to personal interests.
Italian books:
-BALBONI, P.E., 2014, Didattica dell’italiano come lingua seconda e straniera, Torino, Bonacci-Loescher
- BALBONI P.E., Fare Educazione Linguistica, Torino, Utet Universita, 2013 edition
- CAON F., SERRAGIOTTO G (a cura di), Tecnologia e didattica delle lingue, Torno, Utet Università, 2012
- CARDONA M., Il ruolo della memoria nell'apprendimento delle lingue, Torino, Utet Università
- BALBONI P.E., Storia dell'educazione linguistica in Italia, Torino, Utet Università, 2009
- DALOISO M., La lingua straniera nella scuola dell'infanzia, Torino, Utet Università, 2011
- CAON F., Educazione linguistica e differenziazione, Torino, Utet Universita, 2008
- CAON F., SPALIVIERO C., Educaizone linguistica, letteraria, interculturale: intersezioni, Torino, Loescher/Bonacci, 2015
- SERRAGIOTTO G., La valutazone degli apprendimenti linguisutici, Torino, Bonacci-Loescher, 2016
Supplementary material and self-evalution tests are available in the ISA section of BALBONI's page.
Type of exam
Assessment methods
written exam.
it's possible to carry out additional research. See below.
Teaching methods
Students may participate in online activities even if they do not attend front lessons.
All information about contents, lessons, notes, marks, exams etc. are given in a mailing list that will be given during the lessons. Students non attending lessons please send a mail to and write MAILING LIST GLOTTODIDATTICA in the subject line.
The results of the exams will not be online, because of privacy, therefore to receive them you must be in the mailing list.
Teaching language
Only Class 1 students may take their exams with me.
Written exam: multiple choices, defining, open question based on "Le sfide di Babele". This test gives max. 28 points.
A paper (to be delivered by mail before o after the exam, within the academic year) about one of the volumes in the second part of the bibliography, or about any other topic decided with the teacher's supervision, may be added by students wanting to encrease the final note. The paper deals first with the topic of the volume, summarizing it; then it provides personal opinions about the volume and the topic. Please don't exceed 10 pages, 50% for the summary section and 50% for the personal comment.
The paper gives 0, 1 or 2 points. It is possible to write 2 different papers.
The exam and the final paper may be written in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
If you attend one class and want to do your exam with another class, you must follow the other class' syllabus.

  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 6
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • Use of virtual forum, blog or wiki