Gabriele Pallotti (2)

Observing interlanguage development at school: from research to everyday practice


Second language acquisition research aims at maximizing the validity and accuracy of observations about developmental sequences in interlanguage. This requires the collection of large data corpora, their transcription and a detailed analysis, all of which is extremely time consuming. In order to introduce interlanguage analysis as a part of everyday classroom assessment procedures, it is thus necessary to identify more economical  procedures that still guarantee the validity and reliability of observations. A project  will be presented involving Italian teachers from kindergarten to junior high school. A simplified elicitation protocol has been developed to ensure the highest possible data density for linguistic features with good diagnostic value. Analysis is also simplified by the use of observation grids  guiding teachers in their assessment of interlanguage structures. The talk will discuss the methodological solutions followed and the procedure's strengths and limitations.