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Centro di competenza Didattica dell'italiano e delle lingue nella scuola (DILS), Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI)

Centro di competenza Didattica dell'italiano e delle lingue nella scuola (DILS), Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI)
Centro di competenza Didattica dell’italiano e delle lingue nella scuola (DILS)
Dipartimento formazione e apprendimento
Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana
Piazza San Francesco 19
CH-6600 Locarno
T: +41 (0)58 666 68 53
contact:
Simone Fornara, dfa.dils@supsi.ch
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The Competence centre for the didactics of Italian and Foreign Languages occupies itself with research and teacher education and further training in the field of the teaching of Italian and the foreign languages taught in the schools of the canton Tessin, with special attention for the compulsory education sector. The main purpose of the Centre is the promotion of the kind of research that meets the needs of the regional schools, departing from an analysis of the current linguistic situation in order to carry out pilot projects and to find innovative and efficient solutions. Research in the Centre is characterized by a strong interest in language learning research, also in collaboration with Universities in Switzerland and abroad. The main aim of this type of research is to analyze the current situation in the local context and to propose solutions for an improvement of the teaching and learning of the language of schooling, the national languages and English in schools and to explore effective strategies to promote an integrative, plurilingual approach to the teaching of languages. The Centre wishes to strengthen and update the links between the school curricula and the teacher education programmes for the students of the Department of Teaching and Learning (DFA) in the area of the teaching of Italian and the foreign languages, mainly in the light of the HarmoS reform, in which the Centre is also involved. The Department of Teaching and Learning is the fifth department of SUPSI, the University of Applied Arts and Sciences of Southern Switzerland, which has taken over the activities of the former Teacher Training College in Locarno. The Department of Teaching and Learning occupies itself with initial and continuing teacher education for all school sectors, with research and provides regional educational services.

Research areas

  • Educational sciences and pedagogy
  • Writing skills in Italian
  • Didactics of Italian as the language of schooling
  • Didactics of Italian as a foreign language (Italiano subito)
  • Didactics of the national languages in an Italian speaking environment
  • Didactics of plurilingualism
  • Didactics of foreign languages

Keywords

Foreign-language didactics, Italian, Literacy, Pedagogy, Didactics of multilingualism