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The Limits of ‘Democratic’ Language Education

The Case of Civic Knowledge Tests in Italy

Sabrina Machetti    Università per Stranieri di Siena    

Lorenzo Rocca    Università per Stranieri di Perugia, CVCL, Italia    

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abstract

This paper presents the first results of a research project realized by the Universities for Foreigners of Perugia and Siena that created materials designed to promote social awareness nei migrants living in Italy. The paper describes the Italian context within the more complex European situation, then moves to the analysis of the construct and content of the KoS materials and identifies some critical issues related to the ethics of a KoS test and the impact on a democratic educational linguistics project.

Accepted
April 20, 2017
Submitted
Nov. 5, 2016
Language
IT