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Italian SL Writing Competence in Socially Vulnerable Students

A Comparison Between two Rating Scales

Anna De Meo    Università degli Studi di Napoli «L’Orientale», Italia    

Marta Maffia    Università degli Studi di Napoli «L’Orientale», Italia    

Giuseppina Vitale    Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italia    

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abstract

The high number of low-literate vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers among L2 Italian learners requires a rethinking not only of approaches and teaching methods, but also of assessment strategies. The present study aims to investigate the effectiveness of two different rating scales in the assessment of writing skills for this peculiar target of learners, a Standard Evaluation Scale and a Functional Adequacy Scale. Application of the two assessment methods on a corpus of about 450 written texts produced by 50 refugees and asylum seekers from 16 different countries, with an Italian A2 level competence, demonstrated that a Functional Adequacy Scale can be a more reliable and efficient tool than a Standard Evaluation Scale for valorising also poor writing skills, instead of underlying the limits of low-literate productions.

Published
June 4, 2020
Accepted
Dec. 1, 2019
Submitted
May 2, 2019
Language
IT