Writing systems and alphabeths of the world

What is an ideogram? And why do A, B, C, etc. get written just like that? How would our life be without writing? Why is there an alphabet composed only of colored flags? Can one invent an alphabet?

You can write from left to right or vice versa, on the computer or by hand, using symbols or letters, but it is undeniable that writing is part of our daily life. Without writing, there would be no books, WhatsApp, computer keyboards, restaurant menus, etc. … and everything would have to be stored in our brain. Although only about 60% of word languages have developed a written form, the latter is a fundamental part of every language and highlights its diversity.

The course is aimed at students of middle and high schools and at teachers who want to deal with linguistic diversity from the perspective of writing. It is based on the materials package “Exploring alphabets” which also includes the workshop “Alphabets of the world”. The course is available in German and in Italian.

Corso e-learning Sistemi di scrittura e alfabeti nel mondo

E-learning Kurs Schriften und Alphabete der Welt


What does multilingualism mean? Which languages are spoken in South Tyrol? Why do we have so many languages in South Tyrol? How do things “work” in the everyday school life in Italy’s northernmost province?

On the 19th European Day of Languages (September 2020), the research group of the SMS 2.0 project contributed to the compilation of a dossier on multilingualism in South Tyrol. More than one year later, this e-learning course has been created. It is divided into 8 short learning units plus a final quiz and is directed not only at pupils and teachers in secondary and high schools, but also at anyone who wants to learn more on language diversity.

The course is intended as an easy-to-follow interactive tool to learn more about linguistic diversity in South Tyrol and is available in German and in Italian.

Corso e-learning Plurilinguismo

Kurs e-learning Mehrsprachigkeit