Learning and Well-Being in Multilingual Adolescents with Italian as L2: A Comparison with Monolingual Peers with and without a Learning Disorder

Roberta Bettoni*, Mirta Vernice, Marta Tironi, Elisabetta Lombardi, Ilaria Offredi, Marisa Giorgetti, Maria Luisa Lorusso, Daniela Maria Sarti, Daniela Traficante

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Abstract

The current exploratory study aimed to offer a description of the learning skills and well-being of multilingual adolescents with Italian as L2, a population regarded as vulnerable with respect to their academic achievements and psychosocial profile. We compared the performance of L2 participants with that of their monolingual peers with and without Specific Learning Disorders on a range of tests and questionnaires to define their learning skills and well-being within the school context. Results confirm greater reading difficulties in the L2 group compared to monolingual peers with Specific Learning Disorders. This pilot study offers one of the first investigations into the learning skills and well-being of a scarcely studied population, namely L2 adolescents. Additionally, it discusses practices that can be implemented within the classroom to promote inclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4381-N/A
JournalSustainability
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • L2 adolescents
  • reading skills
  • school climate

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