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23 Mar – 16:30-17:00 Conferencia: “Injurious distance should not stop my way”: teaching foreign languages at distance. The University of Catania as a case study

Dra. Renata Gambino. President of CdS Lingue e culture europee, euroamericane ed orientali. Direttrice del Network internazionale NeuroHumanitieStudies. Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche. Università degli Studi di Catania.

Prof. Francesca Vigo and I for the University Catania.

Our presentation will report last year experience at the University of Catania (UNICT) during the lockdown period due to the pandemic. Despite being a large institution, UNICT switched to distance teaching quite fast, within four weeks from the beginning of the emergency. We will recount the strategies adopted by the University governance at the beginning of 2020 and the peculiarities of the “unprecedented” distance teaching.

The main focus of our analysis will be foreign language teaching and the technological, psychological, didactic and cognitive difficulties reported during last year. Even though, distance foreign language teaching has long been investigated together with distance learning or language self-study programs, our teaching experience gathered during 2020 might highlight some specific difficulties and some advantages. An analysis of these advantages and the results of some questionnaires submitted to students and teaching staff will be proposed and discussed, in order to gather new inputs and ideas about how the future of a blended form of teaching in Italian universities might be proposed.