Language invention in primary school: teaching of Italian in a Montessori experience

Chiara Bonazzoli, Francesca Gastaldi, Federico Gobbo


In this paper we will present certain aspects of teaching Italian in the experimental language laboratory of the Montessori School of Milan. The laboratory consists of a series of meetings between teachers and researchers, featuring lessons conducted in class by researchers with the aim of creating a secret language together, and eventually its imaginary world. Furthermore, the teaching methodology will be set out in a consistent methodological and psychopedagogical framework as a support for learning Italian as a first and as well as second language. In particular, language productions will be analysed from a sociocultural perspective by considering secret
languages as new cultural artefacts that help develop socio-relational competence, that is both self-regulating and metacognitive.

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