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Language learning within the museum

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The museums become spaces and tools for learning or improving a foreign language (FL), through integrated content and language learning, with the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) method, which is now a regular feature of Italian schooling in conformity with D.P.R. of 15 March 2010, nos. CLIL ( Content and Language Integrated Learning) methodology.

The CLIL experiences in our museums are specifically geared to this learning function and authentic use of the foreign language, with a range of activities supported by specially designed teaching materials, conducted by staff highly skilled in this methodology.

For example

  • for Italian-speaking students (or at any rate non-English speakers) a foreign language activity or FL English means activities in English on given topics relating to the museum context.
  • for non-Italian speakers (for instance, young immigrants, but also other groups interested for various reasons in this experience), an activity in Italian as a “second language” (L2), instead comprises activities aimed as an introduction to the language and to the culture of Italy.

In each case, however, the museums stand out as formidable “talking” and “facilitating” structures.

Below are the activities proposed. The lenght of all the activities is 2 hours.



Secondary school


Looking for the Right Words: Museums as opportunities for language practice
Ca’ Rezzonico – Museo del Settecento veneziano
Ca’ Pesaro- Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna

Arranged differently for first or second grade secondary school, CLIL activities in English (FL) are conducted by a research graduate in CLIL at the Department of Comparative Linguistic and Cultural Studies at Ca’ Foscari University, and are held in museums, taking the form of interactive conversations which – with the help of supporting materials, activity books and glossaries which are then given to students – look at the works, spaces, impressions and emotions that they generate.


Second-grade secondary school


The Stones of Venice
Doge’s Palace/Ruskin exhibition (March/June 2018)

Selected extracts from the book in the original language read in front of the works to which they refer in the Doge’s Palace, to appreciate the quality of the writing, and to enable participants to practise their understanding and discuss the theme in FL (= foreign language). Thanks to the exhibition, the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) activities, developed in collaboration with the specific Doctoral research programme of the Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia (see all the activities proposed on page …), offers a new an extraordinary opportunity this year.


Early secondary school


Animal classification
Natural History Museum of Venice

A didactic visit that makes it possible to understand the meaning of phylogenetic classification through a study of the concepts of analogy and homology. This interactive English Language (FL) workshop consists of a guided observation of items through listening and conversation, processing of texts and tables, and use of specialised vocabulary.

Exploring the lagoon (from January 2018)
Natural History Museum of Venice

A visit held in English (FL) to deepen one’s knowledge of the multiplicity of habitats and organisms that characterise the Venetian lagoon. The workshop includes the observation of finds, the use of cartography and some small experiments, flanked by listening and conversation activities to facilitate the learning of a specialised vocabulary.




Primary and secondary schools


The language of images and things
Ca’ Rezzonico- Venice Eighteen Century Venice Museum
Glass Museum (Murano)

The museums selected for this activity in Italian L2 are, thanks to the language of the images, the architecture and the various cultural “objects” displayed, particularly suitable for this kind of experience and, thanks to the specially designed approach, offer an extraordinary and immediate instrument for cultural exchange. The activities can be targeted not only to whole classes but also to groups of people of different backgrounds and ages. It is also possible to construct personalised approaches based on special needs (for this, please contact


Primary and secondary schools


The language of nature
Natural History Museum of Venice

An Italian L2 visit intended for non-Italians in the exhibition rooms of the museum, which, with their appealing and engaging layout, allow a multisensory voyage of discovery of the natural world. To facilitate language learning, the visit is enriched with images and finds, interactive maps and sheets that act as back-ups for the listening and conversational activities, offering a first-hand initial experience of the Italian language and culture.

The CLIL activities in English and in Italian must be booked online, as with all the MUVE activities.



The French CLIL activities held in our museums are managed directly by Alliance Française of Venice and are among the courses that this association arranges in various venues around Venice. These activities will be held at Casa Goldoni (given the playwright’s long Parisian residence), at Palazzo Mocenigo in the perfume section and at the Museo del Vetro in Murano.

For more information please contact Alliance Française directly on 041 5227079 or write to