2017-2018 Edition
The Department of Humanities, with the Minority Languages Service and the External Relations Office of the Province of Trento, organizes for the first time a Course on Teaching and learning minority languages (Insegnare e apprendere lingue minoritarie - IALM).
The purpose of the course is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of linguistics, the culture of Mòcheni and Cimbri, teaching methods and strategies, specific learning mechanisms that are suitable for a Germanic minority language.
In more detail, the course objectives are:
  • teaching skills: updated methods and tools for language teaching, with specific focus on minority languages and the Mòcheno and Cimbro languages in particular;
  • language skills: improvement of the oral and written knowledge of the taught languages (above B2 level) and development of metalinguistic awareness (writing, vocabulary, morphology, syntax);
  • cultural skills: knowledge of specific aspects of Alpine cultures and their heritage, including intangible heritage like geographical names which are so important in Mòcheno and Cimbro.
The teaching staff is composed of university faculty and researchers specialized in the course subjects. 
The members of the Scientific Committee are Patrizia Cordin (coordinator), Ermenegildo Bidese and Federica Ricci Garotti (local coordinators).
Programme details:
The course includes 80 hours of classes, and awards 10 credit points (CFU); lessons are organized as follows:
Course title Hours CFU Scientific Discipline Sector (SSD)
Linguistics of Mòcheno/Cimbro 12 1,5 L-LIN/14
Contact linguistics 12 1,5 L-LIN/01
Alpine anthropology 12 1,5 M-DEA/01
Orthography and grammar of Mòcheno/Cimbro 8 1 L-LIN/14
Language learning 12 1,5 L-LIN/01 
Mòcheno/Cimbro Language teaching  12 1,5 L-LIN/14
Tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage: ethnography and geographic names 12 1,5  M-DEA/01
Total 80 10  

Course locations and Attendance

Courses take place in Pergine (Comunità di Valle Alta Valsugana e Bersntol, - Piazza Gavazzi, 4 - 38057 Pergine Valsugana  - TN) on Saturday morning, based on the calendar of lessons that will be published soon, and in Palù del Fersina (at the Istituto mòcheno - Loc. Jorgar, 67 - 38050 Palù del Fersina - TN) in the form of a summer school (intensive six-day course) from 27 August to 1st September 2018.

Students must attend 80% of classes.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

The course is mainly designed for:
  • teachers, candidate teachers and cultural mediators in the areas of Cimbri and Mòcheni;
  • university students wishing to learn methods and strategies to teach minority languages.
Candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
  • hold a university degree (university diploma, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, equivalent foreign degree) or having a professional profile consistent with the objectives of the course;
  • hold a B2 level language certificate in Mòcheno or Cimbro, or achieve this level of knowledge by the end of the course.
Auditing students do not need to fulfil the admission requirements; they will receive a certificate of attendance detailing the specific lessons or modules they have attended.

Assessments and Qualifications

Students will take a test in all taught subjects (more information on the type of test will be provided by teachers during the course).

They will receive a certificate of attendance if they have attended at least 80% of the course and passed the final tests in all the subjects.

Auditing students will receive a certificate of attendance detailing the specific lessons or modules they have attended.

Application, registration, fees

Applications must be submitted through the online form between 30 June and 15 September 2017, 12.00 (noon time). Candidates must attach a copy of their CV and their language certificates (if they have any).

Auditing students can apply using the form in the download box.

The Scientific Committee will assess students based on the admission requirements; the list of successful candidates and auditing students will be published on this webpage by 17 September.

The course will start with a minimum of 5 students.

There is no registration fee. Information on the registration procedure will be emailed to successful candidates.


  • Deadline for online application: 15 September 2017, 12.00
  • Publication of list of successful candidates: 18 September 2017
  • Course start: 23 September 2017


Further information

for information on the course content
Professor Patrizia Cordin
patrizia.cordin [at] unitn.it

for general information
Courses and Students Services Office
Humanities - Sociology and Social Research
Via T. Gar, 14 - 38122 Trento
Tel. + 39 0461 282171
masters [at] unitn.it