A Profile of Catholic Seminar Learners of Italian SL
The Case of the Pontificium Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum in Roma
In the teaching of Italian as a second language, the ‘learning seminarian’, within the larger category of the learning clergy, has a specific profile as for his characteristics, his communication needs, his motivations to study the Italian language and the peculiarities of the learning situation. These features emerged from the Italian language courses for seminarians at the Pontificium Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum of Rome during the academic years 2010 and 2011. The Italian courses that are held at the Collegium are intended to guide the students, which are absolute beginners at their arrival, to achieve a linguistic and communicative competence at least at level B1, the minimum requirement for the admission at the Pontifical Gregorian University.