University Language Centres: new resources and methods for language learning (and self-learning) purposes

February 6, 2017 11:38 am

Centri Linguistici Universitari: nuove risorse e nuovi modelli per l’apprendimento (e l’autoapprendimento) delle lingue


languageThe paper, written by Manuela Cipri, professor of the University ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome focuses on the important role played by the University Language Centres in the student’s language-acquisition process. In such innovative centres, professors are both researchers, who want to stay up-to-date, and “society-oriented” teachers who provide students with the latest multimedial and digital contents. Students are also encouraged to deepen their knowledge through self-learning. With the purpose of self-evaluating the language competence, the University makes available language tests. TOESP (Test of English for Special Purposes) is an example of one of the main tests recently introduced. On one hand, it allows students to check autonomously their progress in the language comprehension, with a special focus on the terminological knowledge acquired and, on the other hand, it allows professors to suggest compensating activities in case of need. The University also provides term tables that go beyond the standardised ones used by professionals. Those tables include additional references to etymology, variants and equivalents of the terms apart from the usual administrative, linguistic, semantic, conceptual and bibliographic information. The aim is producing a “transparent” terminology, which is accessible and easy to memorise and which facilitates the acquisition of languages for specific purposes (LSP).

  • The complete paper (in Italian) can be read here.

Abstract written by Giulia Mattoni – Terminology trainee at DG TRAD, Terminology Coordination Unit

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