Learning foreign languages

Ilaria Compagnoni – Research project on investigating XR-based blended learning environments to support positive interdependence amongst students of Italian as a foreign language.
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) – the University of Primorska (Slovenia

This research is part of the researcher’s investigations of her PhD in Language Sciences at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. It unfolded from observations conducted by the researcher during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 in online-only language learning environments, where a good number of students experienced loss of motivation and increased sense of isolation with resulting detrimental effects for their linguistic proficiencies. Therefore, this project is grounded on the assumption that since language education is evolving towards the incorporation of virtual and in-person learning modalities, it is necessary to ensure the establishment of students’ positive interdependence for an effective production and acquisition of the target language. Moreover, the affordances of Extended Reality (XR) need to be understood by educators to enable the tools’ seamless incorporation in educational practices that improve interdependence in online learning spaces. With the increasing pervasiveness of virtual devices in the daily lives of people, it is necessary to investigate the affordances of these technologies for language learning so that educators and students alike will be ready to incorporate them into their future teaching and linguistic practices.)