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ERIC Number: EJ882161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0261-4448
Review of Recent Research (2000-2008) on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching with Specific Reference to L2 Italian
Macaro, Ernesto
Language Teaching, v43 n2 p127-153 Apr 2010
Italian has for many years been considered somewhat of a specialist language when studied as a second language (L2) and this is perhaps due to historical and cultural factors. Its footprint worldwide compared to such languages as English, Spanish and French is therefore somewhat limited. Surprisingly, however, there is a considerable body of research in applied linguistics and second language acquisition (SLA) in which Italian features as the language being studied. This review sought to identify the extent to which the research provided specific insights into how Italian as a second or foreign language (L2 Italian) is learnt as opposed to the ways in which it has contributed to SLA theory-building more generally. In addition, it sought to assess how well Italian is holding up as a language being learnt in formal instructed contexts. The author suggests that insights into the learning of Italian and uptake by Italian students may be inter-related. The present review summarises and categorises nearly seventy empirical studies conducted in a variety of educational contexts and offers suggestions for future avenues of research.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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