Language learning - METHODS OF LANGUAGE TEACHING (2018/2019)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Maria Vender
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2B dal Apr 8, 2019 al Jun 1, 2019.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate a mastery of knowledge and skills relative to the acquisition of second and foreign languages, with particular emphasis on the aspects concerning language teaching and the related pedagogical aspects.
At the end of the course, the students will be able to:
- know in depth the psycholinguistic and cognitive mechanisms underlying the acquisition of second languages and the main theories developed in the field of the Second Language Acquisition;
- know how to translate this knowledge into practice, applying it appropriately to the teaching context;
- develop a capacity for critical judgment regarding the different teaching practices that can be adopted in the second language teaching.


The first part of the course will focus on the illustration of the cognitive and psycholinguistic mechanisms underlying the acquisition of second languages, making references to the impact of individual differences (age, L1, aptitude, motivation, affect and cognitive styles) on learning rates and outcomes and to the relevant teaching implications.
In the second part of the course, aspects related to the acquisition of second languages in atypical contexts will be taken into consideration, focusing in particular on developmental dyslexia, which require more specific and appropriate lines of intervention and teaching methods.


Ortega, L. (2013). Understanding Second Language Acquisition. Routledge. Chapters 2, 3, 7, 8, 9.

Nava, A. & Pedrazzini, L. (2018). Second Language Acquisition in action. Bloomsbury. Chapter 1.

Vender, M. (2017). Disentangling Dyslexia. Peter Lang. Chapters 1, 2, 4 (only pp. 155-172).

Slides of the lectures and materials made available on the e-learning platform.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Vender, M. Disentangling Dyslexia. Phonological and Processing Deficits in Developmental Dyslexia. Peter Lang 2017 Chapters 1, 2, 4 (pp. 155-172)
Nava A. & Pedrazzini L. Second Language Acquisition in Action. Principles from Practice Bloomsbury 2018 9781474274890 Chapter 1
Ortega, L. Understanding Second Language Acquisition Routledge 2013 Chapters 2, 3, 7, 8, 9

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will verify the theoretical and practical skills acquired by the students during the course.
The exam will consist of a written test lasting 1:30 hours and will include open and multiple-choice questions on the theoretical part, as well as discussion of practical cases on the basis of what discussed in class during the lessons.

The questions will address all the topics presented in the program of the course, including both those studied in the classes, which will be available on the e-learning platform, and those autonomously studied by the students in the textbook.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: [online oral exam

The exam will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- substantive correctness of the responses and exhaustiveness of the contents;
- expressive clarity, argumentative capacity and knowledge of the specific language of the subject.