January: Appearance of the Rivista di Psicolinguistica Applicata/Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics special issue on the outcomes of the MATEL Project. An overview of these outcomes had been presented during the Final Conference of the Project, on November, 20, 2015.
Meeting with a Russian team at “Sapienza” University of Rome. Presentation of the first outcomes of the pilot study on the Russian version of the MAT-2 administered to 119 children (age range: 9-13) in Moscow. The translation of the test into Russian was implemented by Prof. Serena Veggetti (Faculty of Philosophy-University of Rome “Sapienza”), one of the most credited translators of Russian psychologists into Italian and connoissoirs of Russian psychological literature. The initiative of the translation was part of an agreement between the University of Moscow and the Faculty of Education of the University of Rome “Sapienza” in order to allow Italian and Russian students to get diplomas in psychology that can be acknowledged both in Italy and Russia.
Prof. Oreste Floquet (French Linguistics – DSAE-University of Rome “Sapienza”) administers the subtest Acceptabilité (Eng: Acceptability) of the FrenchTHAM-2 to a group of pupils enrolled in 6ème, 5ème, 4ème (mean age: 11,6; 12, 6; 13, 6) in Niamey (Niger). This study represents the first exploration of an emblematic type of metalinguistic ability in African French-speaking children , within a larger investigation on the characteristics of subsaharian French and its usages.
Faculty of Communication Sciences. University of Rome “Sapienza”. Rome, 113, Via Salaria.
Presentation of the 2016 Special issue of the Rivista di Psicolinguistica Applicata/Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics: Metalinguistic Awareness and Bimodal Bilingualism, Ed. by M.A. Pinto & P. Rinaldi. This Special issue interweaves the topics of two European Longlife Projects, implemented during the same period (2013-2015), MATEL (Principal Investigator: M.A. Pinto-“Sapienza”) and SignMET ((Principal Investigator: P. Rinaldi- ISTC-Rome), respectively. Both had among their objectives the creation of language assessment tools in European languages.
May, 29-June, 7:
Prof. M.A. Pinto (Educational Psychology- Department of Developmental and Social Psychology-University of Rome “Sapienza”) and her collaborator, Miss Gaia Maiolo, administer the whole French THAM-2 to a group of 53 pupils of 6ème, 5ème and 4ème at Collège Montesquieu (Cugnaux.Toulouse-France). This administration is intended as a first step towards the validation of the test on French-speaking children in France.
The translation of the English MAT-2 into Persian, implemented by Prof. Shahrzad Saif (Département de langues, linguistique et traduction.Université Laval. Québec. Canada) and Prof. Mohammad Rahimi (Department of Teaching Languages. UQAM. Montreal. Québec. Canada) is made available. This translation is a relevant extension of the products of the MATEL project, although not foreseen in the initial objectives, and all the more significant in contexts such as Canada and most of the European countries where consistent groups of Persian-speaking students are present and must learn European languages.
Prof. M.A. Pinto and Prof. Ana Paula Couceiro Figueira (Faculty of Education – University of Coimbra) implement the statistical processing of an exploratory study on the Portuguese version of the THAM-2 administered to 4th graders in Portugal, as a first step towards the validation of the test on a larger sample of Portuguese-speaking children in Portugal.
Appearance of the following research article:
Pinto, M. A., El Euch, S.(2017), Développement métalinguistique chez de jeunes enfants bilingues comparés à des monolingues. CAHIERS DE L’ILOB, Vol. 8, 2017 95–115. doi: 10.18192/olbiwp.v8i0.1766.
The contents of this article had been the object of a presentation at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) Conference:“Bilingual From Birth: Process, Pedagogy And Policy”. Un. of OTTAWA, April, 28-29 2016. Its relevance with respect to the MATEL Project resides in the fact that it presents outcomes of the MAT-1 in three different linguistic versions: Italian, as TAM-1, French as THAM-1 and English, as MAT-1.
Prof. M.A. Pinto presents the outcomes of the administration of the whole French THAM-2 at the Collège Montesquieu (Toulouse-France), previously implemented in May-June 2017. These outcomes appear promising in view of a future validation of the test. Prof. Pinto also delivers a lecture on metalinguistic awareness and its relation to bilingualism at the University of Toulouse “Le Mirail”.
Appearance of a Portuguese book on metalinguistic awareness and its instruments, by Ana Paula Couceiro & Maria Antonietta Pinto, partially based on the French book “La conscience métalinguistique. Théorie, développement et instruments de mesure”, by Pinto & El Euch (2015), and adapted to the specificities of the Portuguese language. This translation is also an extension of the range of products of the MATEL Project, not included in the initial objectives, and bound to give rise to the validation of the three metalinguistic tests (THAMs, based on the Portuguese acronym).
Appearance of the article “Language aptitude and metalinguistic awareness: separate or overlapping constructs ? Evidence from bilinguals and trilinguals”, by Sonia El Euch. Rivista di Psicolinguistica Applicata/Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, XVIII, 1, 9-31. This study explores the relationships between two important constructs in applied psycholinguistics by using, among other instruments, the French THAM-3, validated thanks to the MATEL Project.