Expert Course in Language Revitalization Strategies

This Expert Course in Language Revitalization Strategies aims to provide resources for enabling and fostering the recovery of minoritised languages and identities in the southern hemisphere. 

Knowledge area
Culture and Society
600 hours


  • To reflect on the situation of and the challenges inherent to the language and identity recovery process.
  • To offer sociolinguistic training and an in-depth analysis of language recovery strategies in education, the media, corpuses, cultural production, language policy and many other areas.
  • To foster an exchange of experiences between participants and those working in the field of Basque culture.
  • To raise awareness among those involved in Basque culture regarding projects aimed at recovering native languages in the southern hemisphere.
  • To create and develop language recovery projects to be carried out in the language communities themselves.

Aimed at

This specialist course is mainly aimed at the following groups:

  • Representatives of public and private institutions and movements working to develop native language and identity recovery processes in different areas.
  • Members of institutions working to strengthen and promote language and identity recovery projects.



The methodology used will depend on the objectives of each specific subject. At the same time, in accordance with our general postgraduate course objectives, the following features will be included in the methodology:

  • Classes. There will be theoretical and practical classes given by expert lecturers. Visits will be organised to some of the key experiences studied in the classroom and some of those who have worked in the field of language and identity recovery will be invited to share their experiences first-hand with students.
  • Workshops for reflection and exchanging experiences. Here, students will reflect on and debate different subjects and, in addition to exchanging and comparing experiences from the northern and southern hemispheres, an effort will also be made to exchange and compare experiences from different areas south of the equator.
  • Course dynamics. Students are expected to manage several areas related to both communal living and the course itself, establishing individual and collective objectives, shouldering different responsibilities and assessing the results and dynamics generated. In this way, the course aims to foster self-organisation skills.


This postgraduate course is run once every two years (2011, 2013, 2015…).

The current edition starts on 01-10-2016 and ends on 14-12-2016


Most of the lecturers will be from the Mondragon University Faculty of Humanities and Education, although some professionals from other institutions will also serve as both lecturers and tutors. Collaborating institutions and individuals include the Garabide Association, the Unesco Chair, the sociolinguistic cluster and many experts who have worked in the Basque cultural field over the last sixty years.


Karmele Perez

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The course is run jointly by the Faculty of Humanities and Education and the Garabide Association.

Practices and Project

The project is of great importance for achieving the stated objectives. Throughout the postgraduate course, and under the supervision of their tutor, each student must develop a language recovery project for his/her own community, putting the material covered in class into practice. Students complete and hand in their projects upon returning to their respective countries of origin.

Pricing info

18 grants have been established to enable students to attend this course (depending on the sum granted, students may have to cover part of the tuition fees themselves).