Online Digital Database – Resource2022-04-07T11:55:57+02:00
ItaStra - Scuola di Lingua italiana per Stranieri dell’Università degli Studi di Palermo – Italian Language School for Foreign Students at the University of Palermo


ItaStra was founded in 2008 with the aim of promoting didactic, training, counselling, and research activities in the field of Italian language teaching, through the adoption of innovative methods and people-centred models. Since 2012 agreement with Palermo Municipality, the School has started an intensive didactic and scientific activity related to the inclusion and literacy of migrant adults and unaccompanied foreign minors (UAMs). UAMs become interns and actively participate in learning spaces with refugees, asylum seekers, international students, visiting professors, European youth project participants, mobility programs professionals, etc. The didactic model focuses on the centrality of the learner and improves the non-traditional civic-linguistic skills. The School offers Italian language courses and grammar classes, as well as extra-curricular activities (cooking/photography/cinema/theatre workshops and field trips) to discover the Italian culture. Moreover, ItaStra is promoter of various projects, such as: - Studiare migrando aimed at the realization of a e-learning platform for young migrants and UAMs, who live in Italy and who are preparing the final exams of the first round of education. - Ponti di parole: It receives governmental funds.

  • Good Practices
  • Country of origin / implementation:
  • Italy
  • Language:
  • Italian
  • Compliance with the Dashboard Outcomes:
    • Access to compulsory education
    • Children complete compulsory education
    • Children maintain their cultural identity while adopting new cultural values and intercultural competences
    • Children remain in (formal) education beyond compulsory levels / Access to (formal) non-compulsory education
    • Children's academic skills
    • Children's competence in host language
    • Children's legal status
    • Children's sense of belonging
    • Friends and peers (bridges)
    • Friends and peers (support)
    • Institutions
    • Teachers
    • Types & levels of (formal) non-compulsory education attended

    Evaluation ex post
    The experience of ItaStra has strenghtened the capacity of different actors to work together (multi-stakeholder approach) and has stimulated the creation of virtuous practices of welcoming, literacy and training. Innovation is guaranteed through the sharing of learning spaces between refugee, migrants, non-accompanied minors, foreign students and international teachers, as well as through the learner-centred approach, the combination of traditional learning spaces and outdoor activities, and the development of linguistic and civic competences. A general evaluation of ItaStra’s work is provided by ISMU (see link below, p.167).

    Projects’ deliverables
    Website (see link below), Facebook page, YouTube Channel, Twitter and Instagram. Over time, ItaStra has collected interviews and autobiographies.

    The project is defined as a good practice by ISMU (see link below, p.166)

    Motivation for the submission
    ItaStra is an academic institution that aims at inclusion through a wide range of activities: courses, projects, extra-curricular activities, research. Its methodology is based on a people-centred and inclusive approach through the sharing of communal spaces (UAMs, refugees, asylum seekers, international students, visiting professors, European youth project participants, mobility programs professionals, etc.)

  • Governmental funds
  • Type of action:
  • Extra-curricular activity
  • Language class
  • Research
  • Vocational training
  • Target:
  • Migrant children (first and/or second generation)
  • Newly arrived migrant children
  • Principals, teachers
  • Refugee and asylum seeker children
  • Unaccompanied and separated children
  • Professionals involved:
  • Academics, researchers
  • Cultural Mediators
  • Teachers
  • Networking - Actors and institutions mobilized by the project:
  • Government
  • Local authorities
  • NGOs, third sector organizations
  • Schools
  • Students / parents associations
  • Universities, research centres
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