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Since 1989 IH Rome-DILIT’s Department of Research has been annually organizing international conferences and seminars, dealing with topics related to teaching and language learning. On the 21st and 22nd April 2012 the conference entitled "Conversational analysis in language teaching” was organised at IH Rome DILIT.
This topic was chosen as the result of considerations on the "communicative revolution" of the 70’s. Too often lessons held in class and the teaching materials that publishers put on the market do not meet the principles which characterise the communicative approach: the attention of students is focalized on single phrases rather than on complete texts. By texts we do not only mean written texts but, above all, conversation, the most diffused and at the same time the richest in elements to be analysed.
Conversational analysis is therefore the instrument that provides the necessary data to study this linguistic phenomenon.
The conference was attended by prominent speakers, coming from the world of academia and research, and in particular:
In addition to plenary sessions, during the conference the following laboratories were held:
The large number of participants present at the conferences and seminars testifies the high esteem enjoyed by Dilit in the world of language teaching.