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This conference paper was originally published as Leone, S, The use of new technologies in advanced Italian classes, Proceedings of the Emerging Technologies Conference, University of Wollongong, 18-21 June 2008.


This paper discusses the results of a blended learning strategy which has recently been adopted in advanced Italian classes at the University of Wollongong. The embracing of new technologies in education has engendered a deep innovation in teaching and learning processes. Language learning, in particular, seems to have been more receptive than other fields thanks to the dynamics which characterize the subject and to the communicative approach currently used. However, if the information and communication technology curriculum integration offers powerful tools to enhance language learning, in terms of greater emphasis upon flexibility, transferability, individualisation, modularisation, mobility and interaction, it also creates critical points which require an attentive evaluation to make the impact on teaching and learning significant.