321via.ch: design di una piattaforma per lo sviluppo di competenze linguistiche, interlinguistiche e interculturali dell’italiano in Svizzera
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Italian is one of the four national languages of Switzerland and, with German and French, its official language. Although protected by law, in the last two decades Italian in schools has suffered a number of attacks that highlighted the need for specific language policies and relative pedagogical implementation. This project is located in the latter sphere of action and aims to fill a gap in the landscape of educational offers for teaching Italian in Switzerland. Following the paradigm of “gestaltungsorientierte Forschung”, and more specifically the design-based research approach, this thesis examines the phases of conception, design, development, implementation and assessment of the web-based training 321via.ch – a learning platform conceived to develop Italian language skills at A1-B2 level on the one hand and interlinguistic and intercultural competences specific to the Swiss Italian reality on the other. The end result consists of a technical solution (a learning content management system with a highly flexible authoring tool) and an educational solution, consisting of some thirty learning objects and about 200 learning tasks. The summative assessment that concludes this thesis focusses on the impact of the first solution on both the editorial team and university students of Italian Language Education and of the second on a sample of Italian teachers and high school students: data collected allows for an evaluation of the respondents’ perception of 321via.ch usefulness as a teaching or learning tool and their willingness to refer to it in the future, at the same time pointing to possible paths for future developments and further research.