dell'Italiano come Lingua
The DITALS Certificate issued
by the University
of Siena for Foreigners uses written and oral tests
to evaluate theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of the
teaching of Italian to foreigners and guarantees a certain degree
of standardisation in lieu of a longer training process at university
institutions specialised in the training of teachers of Italian as
a foreign language.
The exam for the DITALS Certificate can
be taken by Italian citizens and foreigners who fulfil the following requisites:
- excellent knowledge of the Italian language;
- secondary school diploma;
- university degree in the area of humanities or, in the absence of such,
certification that the candidate has taught a minimum of 150 hours of Italian
- certificate of attendance in a language-teaching training course consisting
of at least 30 hours of lessons.
Exams and evaluations
The exam consists of sections on theory and practice. The sections on theory
are designed to test skills in the areas of linguistics, socio-linguistics
and language instruction. The sections on practice test the abilities to
analyse and integrate teaching material, to develop teaching material, to
create lesson units, and to create tests in comprehension, production and
evaluation. The exam is composed of four sections and requires five hours
for the written exam (sections A, B and C) and approximately 10 minutes for
the oral part (section D):
Section A: Analysis
of didactic materials
Section B: Construction
of didactic materials
Section C: Knowledge
of theory (20 questions)
Section D: Oral
language teaching ability (an audio recording of the candidate,
who is asked to confront orally tasks in communication connected
to the role of a teacher of Italian to foreigners).
To be awarded the DITALS Certificate, it is necessary to obtain the minimum
score in each section. Within one year of the first DITALS exam, candidates
may attempt in subsequent sittings to pass those sections in which the minimum
score was not reached. The evaluation of the tests is carried out by the DITALS
Scientific Commission of the University of Siena for Foreigners,
whose decision is final and not subject to question.
Sites and dates of the exams. The DITALS exam takes place at the
University of Siena for Foreigners in July and December, as well
as at other accredited institutions within and outside of Italy.
These latter institutions may also request the University of Siena
for Foreigners to organise a special preparatory course.
A fee is charged to take the exam.
The exam dates for the 2002/2003 academic year are:
July 28th, 2003
December 19th, 2003
Other exam dates for the DITALS may be requested by accredited institutions.
For further information, please contact:
Italiani di Cultura (Italian Institutes of Culture)