L'email per imparare l'italiano: aspetti linguistici e contenutistici della comunicazione telematica in italiano L2
Pais Marden, Mariolina
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The integration of electronic communication into the teaching and learning of languages has opened up new horizons. This paper discusses a project involving the use of email exchanges in the Italian program at the Australian National University. Approximately eighty students participated in the project which consisted of two iterations of a one-to-one email conversation. This article examines the language and content of the messages constructed by students in terms of the following features: -the implications of the physical, psychological and temporal distance inherent in email communication -the differences between email communication of native speakers and learners -the dialogic nature of email communication and its relationship to both written and spoken communication -the importance of “empty” messages -the creativity of expression and the relationship between form and content.