segreteria.deal@unive.it

DEAL is a research group at the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia involved in studying the linguistic processes related to the education of pupils with “Specific Language Needs”, i.e. developmental differences in communication, language and learning. The ultimate goal is to promote fully inclusive language learning without barriers.

DEAL performs both theoretical and field research,the results of which are disseminated through the publication of essays and books, teacher and expert tutor training courses (courses in Venice and at educational institutions) and the creation of language teaching materials accessible to students with Specific Language Needs. DEAL has also initiated important collaborations with prestigious institutions, such as the Italian Dyslexia Association, Oxford University Press, Loescher Publishing and the Erickson Study Centre.

DEAL makes use of a multidisciplinary team, which includes experts in the teaching of modern languages ​​(Italian, English, French, Spanish, German) and ancient languages (Latin) working in multiple learning situations / language training (formal education in schools and universities, personalised remedial courses).

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DEAL is part of CRDL (Centre for Research and Teaching of Languages) which is involved in research in the areas of education and language policy, foreign languages teaching, and intercultural communication. The Centre applies this research to teacher training and to the development of curricula and teaching materials which are made available to teachers, as well as for consultation to organizations, centres, and companies that deal with language teaching.

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DEAL is part of the “Rete dell’Educazione Linguistica” (Language Education Network), i.e. a website containing info, material, tools and events for those who work in the field of language teaching (native, second, foreign or ancient languages).

If you are interested in this topic, you can also receive a giftmail, i.e. an e-mail containing papers, links to online books, information about new publications on the topic, links to free online resources. If you wish to receive the giftmail, please fill in the following questionnaire.

Scientific Director

Dott. Michele Daloiso

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

web: www.unive.it/persone/daloiso

email: daloiso@unive.it

Deputy Director

Dott. Carlos Melero

Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

web: www.unive.it/persone/melero

email: melero@unive.it

Personal webpage: www.carlosmelero.es

For information on the activities of the Research Group DEAL, requests for cooperation and quotes:

General Secretary DEAL

segreteria.deal@unive.it

For information on Masterclass DEAL:

Segreteria del Masterclass

Francesco Negro

masterclass.deal@unive.it

DEAL follows several lines of research on Specific Linguistic Needs, which include several macro areas such as: language learning by children, adolescents and adults; language education (Italian, foreign languages, classical languages) of students with special needs, the role of phonological (meta) skills in the learning of non-native languages; language teaching technologies and compensatory measures.

DEAL organizes educational events for teachers of modern and ancient languages and learning tutors, with the aim of promoting the development of theoretical knowledge and operational skills useable in everyday work.

DEAL makes use of a multidisciplinary team, which includes experts in the teaching of modern languages ​​(Italian, English, French, Spanish, German) and ancient languages (Latin) working in multiple learning situations / language training (formal education in schools and universities, individualized remedial courses).

Collaborations

The DEAL Research Group has initiated a collaboration with the ‘Centro Studi Erickson’ for the creation of an editorial series, scheduled for 2016, which will gather methodological tools and operational materials for the teaching of language to pupils with Specific Language Needs.

Since 2013 DEAL has been involved in the LIBES project with ‘Loescher Editore’, which aims to create support materials for foreign language learning ​​ (French, Spanish, German) by students with special needs. The designed materials are the ‘Quaderni di Supporto’ – Support notebooks to accompany some language texts for lower and higher Secondary School.

One of the prominent research areas of DEAL Group is the teaching of English to students with special needs. Since 2011 DEAL has been collaborating with Oxford University Press, providing scientific and authorial advice for the creation of accessible teaching materials for English (achievement tests, supplementary notebooks, adapted activities).

The Research Group DEAL actively collaborates with the Italian Dyslexia Association, which has supported the group since its foundation, providing sponsorship to Masterclass DEAL, and drawing on the expertise of the group members for the training of language teachers.

The DEAL Research Group has proposed and participated in conferences and training events organized by ‘ANILS’, which has sponsored the Masterclass DEAL since 2014. Many members of the group are also authors for “Scuola e Lingue Moderne”, the association’s official journal.

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