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This paper aims at sharing the experience we had in the design and implementation of a short pilot course of Italian in Second Life® (SL). The paper will provide a description of the course mentioning preliminary findings, discussed in relation to the theories adopted by the two researchers. The paper is the result of the course, La Lingua in gioco: dire, fare e giocare in SL, that had a strong focus on the development of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) and Oral Language Proficiency and was aimed at a group of third-level Irish students of Italian in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), who will spend the third year of their degree in Italy (Erasmus programme). SL was used as a virtual platform for foreign language education and learners’ engagement and as a support to face-to-face classes. This course is a part of a main project, Café Italia, an experiment about teaching and learning Italian in SL carried out by the University of Palermo.
Dell'Aria, C., Nocchi, S. (2010). Will Second Life Help Me Survive in Italy?. Proceedings of the ICT for Language Learning, 3rd., Florence, Italy, November, 2010.