Italian Studies Research Seminar | L2 ‘flourishing’ through classroom interaction. Evidence from an Italian L2 classroom.
Department of Italian Studies Research Seminar Series
L2 ‘flourishing’ through classroom interaction. Evidence from an Italian L2 classroom.
Francesco Possemato, Macquarie University and Agnese Bresin, La Trobe University
Studies detailing how learning a second language (L2) can contribute to students’ wellbeing are welcome in a tertiary education system in which the incidence of anxiety and/or depression is high, and the study of languages is constantly under the threat of budget cuts and a still pervasive monolingual mindset. While the concept of Foreign language enjoyment is generally accepted, further empirical investigation is needed to fully grasp this phenomenon and its possible implications. This paper presents some preliminary results of a micro-longitudinal mixed methods research project that explores Italian L2 learners’ “flourishing”, namely/i.e. the “students’ psychological, emotional and social wellbeing”. The project combines the fine-grained examination of classroom interaction, using Conversation Analysis, with a Positive Psychology-informed surveybased monitoring of students’ emotions. This novel approach aims to provide significant insight into the students’ involvement in the use of the L2 in the classroom. Specifically, this project seeks to uncover a) how L2 interactional competence emerges in and through the use of L2 in the classroom (e.g. through reparative practices), and b) how students feel about being involved in L2 interaction in the classroom, e.g. how they report on their confidence, comfort, motivation and ability to participate. The collection of data at various points in time enables the micro-longitudinal observation of both a) and b) over two semesters, offering a “map” of how a particular cohort of university students flourish in their Italian L2 learning.
About the speaker
Agnese Bresin is the lead investigator of the research project Students’ flourishing through Italian classroom interaction. Agnese holds a B.A. from the School for Interpreters and Translators at Carlo Bo (Rome), and a M.A. in Translation Studies at Sapienza University of Rome. Agnese completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne (2017) on address practices in Italian service encounters with a focus on regional variation, which will soon be published by John Benjamins. Her work can also be found in the Journal of Pragmatics. In 2019 Agnese was a Lecturer in Italian Studies at La Trobe University. Her research interests include language use in social context, pragmatic variation, address and politeness, regional varieties of Italian, teaching Italian as a second language and Italian migration to Australia.
Francesco Possemato is a Research Associate in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University. Using the methods of Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics, his research interests lie in the naturalistic study of language and social interaction in a variety of contexts. Francesco holds a B.A. in Italian Studies from the University of Pisa, and a M.A. in Linguistics from the University for Foreigners of Siena. Francesco completed his PhD at the University of Sydney (2018), exploring L2 classroom interactions with a focus on the interface between turn, sequence and action projection. He is currently the project manager for the Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia (CIARA), a multi-institutional project led by Dr Joe Blythe (Macquarie University). He is the co-investigator of the Aphasia, correction, and micro-collaboration project led by Dr Scott Barnes (Macquarie University) addressing interactions involving people with aphasia. Francesco is the co-investigator for the Students’ flourishing through Italian classroom interaction project (La Trobe University). He is the organiser of the Conversation Analysis in Sydney (CAIS) group – Australasian Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (AIEMCA), and the Macquarie Language and Interaction Reading group (LaIR).
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