The primary objective of this course is to assist future teachers of Italian to develop skills (technical and methodological) that would allow them to make appropriate use of electronic material on offer in their teaching.


This course aims at training future teachers of Italian in the use of modern technology in foreign language teaching. Initially a brief historical background to Computer Assisted Language Learning is offered with insides from various projects that have taken place in the field. During the course issues discussed are: a) the integration of Microsoft programs in language teaching, b) evaluation, decoding and integration of ready-made material from websites and CD-ROMs, c) use and integration of electronic non-teaching material for language teaching, d) the use of electronic dictionaries and corpora in language education, e) the teaching of skills with modern technology. In addition, Learning Management Systems (BLACKBOARD) are presented and discussed for the potential these can offer to language education. Electronic tests with authoring programs are also presented (HOT POTATOES, WIDA) as well as social media sites and sites offering environments to create electronic material (BLOGS, WIKIES, FACEBOOK, etc). Opportunities for Computer Mediated Communication are investigated while topics such as the role of the teacher are also discussed. Those students wishing to attend classes of a parallel module offered for the MA students of the department are welcome. Course content/Syllabus The module is deployed in three chapters containing 5 units, each one ending with a quiz. The first and the last units are dedicated to inform students on topics related to the module (description, teaching methods, learning outcomes, assessment, and collaboration). The other units contain lectures, seminars and practice on topics related to the subject. In the lectures the instructor presents and discusses topics related to the subject. The seminars are offered by invited professors or experts form the private sector and students are expected to actively participate. Hands on practice relates with experience in using dedicated or non-dedicated computer software that could be used for language learning purposes. In particular, the topics presented and discussed are:

Evaluation strategy:

Evaluation methods and scoring procedures Following there are four different approaches to course evaluation: 1) those students who attend classes are invited to participate to three quizzes held during the semester, the average of which will also be the final score. In case of failure these can take the final exam, 2) those who attend from distance are lead to the final examination, 3) those who prepare a research paper do not have to seat in final examinations. Final examinations are related to applications of theories and methods discussed during the course. A list of topics for the final examinations is offered on Blackboard. Marking An excellent exam paper should have: a) the content relevant to the query. Unnecessary data show inability to select the relevant information required for the development of the text, while creating a negative mood to the examiner. 50% of the final grade. b) proper use of the relevant terminology. Correct use of the terms mentioned in the literature. 15% of the final grade. c) consistency in the development of the text. The text provided by the student requires high cohesion. It should be made clear to the examiner how the author reaches conclusions (from A to B and then to C, etc). 15% of the final grade. d) critical view. The opinion of the student in the presentation of the relevant literature on the subject is an asset. 10% of the final grade. e) literature reference. References to articles and views of other authors show knowledge of the literature on the subject. 10% of the final grade.

Teaching/Learning approach:

Class practice Internet in language education, search engines, storing findings. Evaluation and integrations of software in language teaching

Target Group(s) :
  • language teachers, HE students
Assessment Methods:


  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)


Competences: Didactics, Intercultural awareness, Communication, Networking, Digital, Digital & ICT
Subject: ICT, Language
Certification: Yes
Competence Oriented Approach:


  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams


Blended Learning Modalities:

Lecture -Collaborative learning Blogs και WIKIES. Creation of support material -Learning Management Systems, Social networking and language learning.

European Dimension Guaranteed:

The course is also offered to exchange programme students.

Date/s of the Course:
  • from 2019-10-01 to 2020-02-28
Course Website:
Name of the organising institute: ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Where to apply:

School of Italian Language and Literature

Contact persons:
  • Georgios Ypsilantis Associate Professor, School of Italian Language and Literature
EQF level: 6
ECTS/ECVET Points: 6
Course Venue Address: AUTH main campus
54621 Thessaloniki
Organisation Address: AUTH main campus
54621 Thessaloniki