Italian via email: from an online project of learning and teaching towards the development of a multi-cultural discourse community

  • Marina Mozzon-McPherson

Abstract

The project originally started in January 1994 and involved the creation of an email-based interactive Italian-speaking community (ISC) in the form of a discussion list ('Due chiacchiere in amicizia'). It was initially limited to on-campus learners of Italian or 'real' Italians. When the project started, the aims were: • to provide online support for students who needed extra help in the learning process; • to support learning motivation through one-to-one communication with the tutor; • to provide the opportunity for additional language practice; • to encourage students to reflect on both the language process and content; • to provide a 'special niche' where learners from different nationalities, backgrounds and experiences could 'meet' with Italians and have the opportunity to explore the socio-cultural dimension.

DOI:10.1080/0968776960040108

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Mozzon-McPherson, M. (1). Italian via email: from an online project of learning and teaching towards the development of a multi-cultural discourse community. Research in Learning Technology, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v4i1.9951
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