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Denise Tonelli


The presence in Italy of an increasing number of students of foreign origin, specifically so-called connected immigrants with strong skills in using electronic devices, requires a rethink of the learning/teaching practices applied in the country’s Provincial Centres for Adult Education (CPIA), including the educational use of digital technologies. This paper presents the results of an exploratory study on the use of smartphones by a sample of 140 immigrants attending Italian language courses at the CPIA in Udine.The preliminary data show that these learners use smartphones extensively not only to keep in touch with their communities of origin, but also to navigate and interact within their new country and learn the target language. Given widespread smartphone use among immigrants, it is believed that the the potential of these tools could be utilized to amplify learning opportunities and foster personalization, integration and in-depth study of linguistic contents in online mode.

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