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Language Education

Epistemological and Ethical Lines for a New Journal

Ciro Porcaro    Sapienza Università di Roma (Università degli Studi di Praga Karlova sede partner)    

Federico Schirato    Ca' Foscari University    

Edoardo Checcucci    Università di Trento    

Ali Dehdarirad    Sapienza University of Rome    

Federico Mattioli    English and Anglo-American Literature    

Fiorella Guerra    Università Ca' Foscari Venezia    

Mattia Frasca    Università Ca' Foscari Venezia    

Fabio Fantuzzi    Università Ca' Foscari Venezia - Columbia University in the City of New York    

Nataša Vučenović    Università di Banja Luka, Bosnia ed Erzegovina    

Simona Porro    Università di Firenze    

Savina Stevanato    Università degli Studi Roma Tre    

Emilio Calvani    Università La Sapienza (Roma) - Univerzita Karlova (Praga)    

Monica Turci    Univ. Bologna - Dip. Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne    

Penka Stateva    University of Nova Gorica    

Simonetta Vietri    Università degli Studi di Salerno    

Paolo E. Balboni    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



The notion of language education can be defined by focussing on two aspects: the first one is the nature of language education, i.e., the voluntary act of helping a human faculty (the faculty of language, which is specific to homo loquens) emerge (the word ‘education’ derives from the Latin e ducere, ‘let out, let emerge’); the second one, the fields of language education in school systems, i.e. the teaching of the mother tongue (rather than ‘teaching’ other terms could be used, such as ‘perfectioning’, ‘developing metalinguistic awareness’, as the mother tongue has already been acquired when school starts), of modern languages (foreign languages for all students; second and ethnic or community languages, in some cases) and of classical languages (Greek, Latin, Arabic and so on).

March 1, 2012
Copyright: © 2012 Ciro Porcaro, Federico Schirato, Edoardo Checcucci, Ali Dehdarirad, Federico Mattioli, Fiorella Guerra, Mattia Frasca, Fabio Fantuzzi, Nataša Vučenović , Simona Porro, Savina Stevanato, Emilio Calvani, Monica Turci, Penka Stateva, Simonetta Vietri, Paolo E. Balboni. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.