The project consists of 4 teaching actions (AD) and 4 research guidelines (LR).
Research Guidelines 1 (LR1).
An Evaluation of the Efficacy of CLIL Methodology in Communicating Content-Related Knowledge: The evaluation will involve the determination of progress indicators for the students in the subject-specific areas, and the development of monitoring techniques regarding those indicators (based on the results of course exams, as well as the outcome of specifically-designed learning tests). The periodic monitoring of the indicators will allow the research group to trace the learning curves for the CdL-CLIL students, and for the control-group students.
Research Guidelines 2 (LR2).
Evaluation of the Efficacy of CLIL Methodology in the Acquisition of Language-Specific Skills: The Applied Computer Science degree students (CdL-CLIL group and the control group)will be tested on writing and reading skills both before and after the experiment.
Research Guidelines 3 (LR3).
Perception of Value Added by Application of CLIL Methodology : Questionnaires will be administered to analyse factors of a psycho-pedagogic nature, such as: motivation in study of the language, feelings of self-worth, perception of one’s competence level, and degree of professional satisfaction, etc.
Research Guidelines 4 (LR4).
Study of the Characteristic of Informal Written Language : The texts produced by instructors and students during synchronous chat sessions and in the electronic forums will be analysed, in order to delineate the characteristics of the informal written English utilised by Italian mother-tongue students in a technical-scientific context.
Teaching Action 1 (AD1).
Introduction of CLIL Themes: A seminar encounter will be organised by CLIL experts for CdL instructors, to present the project, illustrate its objectives, and generally introduce/discuss CLIL methodology. A learning object will be created on CLIL methodology and made available online to CdL-CLIL students and CdL instructors.
Teaching Action 2 (AD2).
Online Scientific English Course: An English course will be produced that aims to foster knowledge and active use of scientific micro-language in the field of Applied Computer Science.
Teaching Action 3 (AD3).
Online Provision of English Language Contents: The online degree course in Applied Computer Science uses teaching materials prepared in English by instructors for all classes, so that English serves as the sole medium for teaching. The present project includes the linguistic-didactic revision of existing materials, to adapt them to the needs of CLIL methodology.
Teaching Action 4 (AD4).
Online Linguistic Consultancy: The CLIL experts will revise the teaching material published online by the CdL instructors. They will also provide their linguistic and methodological assistance to CdL-CLIL students and CdL instructors.