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Italian Language and the Net

The Italian language is becoming widely spoken across the globe also thanks to the use of social media and the Internet. This is what is emerging from the data collected for the XVIII edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World. The most recent surveys of the 2016/2017 academic year revealed that about 2,145,093 people from 115 countries attend Italian language classes. Data collection shows that the number of Italian students has sharply increased from 1,522,184 in the 2012/2013 academic year to 1,761,436 in the 2013/2014 period up to today’s 2 million. This is also true for Sudan where there are 300 qualified native-speaker teachers, over 200 students have attended short courses since 2016, over 100 students attending curricular courses at CCST in the academic year 2017/2018, 80 students took international language certification exams since 2016.
Over the years, the Week of the Italian Language, jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Accademia della Crusca and the Dante Alighieri Society with the Helvetic Confederation’s support, has become one of the major annual events dedicated to promoting the Italian language abroad through hundreds of activities. Last year, the Week planned more than 1,300 events in over 80 countries.
The subject chosen this year is twofold. On the one hand, it analyses the role play by the Internet and social media in the physiological transformations our Language undergoes. On the other one, it offers an overview and promotes the “physical networks” that help the Italian language spread everyday all over the world: the worldwide network of Italian schools, the Italian Cultural Institutes, the universities, the Committees of Dante Alighieri Society and the associations of Italians living abroad. Also, a new network of people who were not born in Italy but have turned Italian into their working language, by writing and teaching it, and thus becoming sponsors of our culture through their job.
The spread of the Italian language abroad is one if the main goals pursued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the cultural field. As part of the policies for promoting our Language, a debate over the latter’s role in strategies for dealing with internationalization of “Made in Italy” companies has opened up.
The language has played and keeps playing a key role, acting as a tool of cultural dissemination and catalyst for a country’s lifeblood and dynamic forces, because of its capacity of creating, producing and innovating. This is the reason why the worldwide promotion of the Italian language has always been one of the central concerns of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These remarks underlie the launch of the “General States of the Italian Language Worldwide”.
The event, scheduled once every two years, also envisages an annual audit to monitor trends. One of the main aims of the General States of the Language is to draw up more comprehensive procedures in order to check the data relating to overseas language-training activities not directly linked with the promotion of the Italian language, management and funding of structures as well. In such contexts, language classes offered by local education systems or private organizations may be tracked.
In Sudan, Italian language is taught in collaboration with major cultural institutions and every year interest is growing.

An article of “Il Sole 24 Ore”, translated and adapted by Irene Fucà.


Shifting Signals

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(Alsir Sidahmed – Sudanow) In a clear signal of shift in the international perception of issues of war and peace in Sudan the UNAMID chief called on the UNSC to