Creativity, Dynamics, Best Practice
Edited By Carmen Argondizzo
Italian for specific jobs and purposes in prisons: The experience of the I.D.R.P. project in the jail of Siena
Abstract: The number of foreign inmates in Italian prisons is consistently high: in some regions it represents 60–70% of the overall incarcerated population2. Faced with the issues of communication, Italian language learning, interaction between different languages and cultures and integration of social groups, the acquisition of linguistic-communicative competencies for foreign inmates represents a future investment aimed at a potential reinsertion in Italian society. For several years, research projects3 have focused on developing and adopting tools specifically designed for teaching Italian in prisons, together with studying the communicative practices existing inside them.
These projects, carried out in collaboration with several Tuscan prisons, were then included in applied research, which brings together universities and companies. This led to an agreement with several Tuscan businesses for creating and setting up linguistic-professional training courses addressed to foreign inmates.
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