Exploiting receptive multilingualism in institutional language learning: The case of Italian in the Austrian secondary school system

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    This contribution begins with a terminological discussion of ‘receptive multilingualism’ and related concepts. Subsequently, approaches to developing receptive competences in Romance languages in general, and Italian in particular, as well as their potential and possible shortcomings, are presented. Against the background of European multilingualism and particularly the Common European Framework’s concept of plurilingualism, the article opts for a broad approach to receptive multilingualism which foregrounds the interactive component. Second, the potential of the Austrian secondary school system for integrating receptive multilingualism is discussed against the background of the current curricula. Finally, a small-scale study involving future teachers of Italian investigates how far they are or are not familiar with the acquisition of receptive competences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)348-365
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of Bilingualism
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Austrian Fields of Science 2012

    • 602007 Applied linguistics
    • 503011 Subject didactics of humanities
    • 503006 Educational research

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