Prerequisites for the exam:
- 1. Bachelor’s degree in a specific field. (liberal arts, languages or linguistic matters)
- 2. Exam Prep Course for DITALS II. The course (minimum 30 hours) may be held in Siena for those enrolled in monitored institutions, or for those who have taken a specific university course (Didactics of Italian L2) and have passed the final exam for at least 6 credits (CFU); or alternatively, possession of the DITALS I certification or the equivalent title.
- 3. Teaching to foreigners or student-teaching in Italian for foreigners classes in Italy or abroad. (minimo 150 ore) (minimum of 150 hours, 60 observation and 90 practice teaching); or alternatively, possession of the DITALS I certification or the equivalent title.
- 4. Non-native speakers. Excellent knowledge of the Italian language (level C2 according to the Common European Framework)
Additional requirements for special cases:
- For those who do not have a specific degree: 150 hours of teaching Italian to foreigners, in addition to the 150 mandatory hours; 300 hours total, 60 hours of observation and 240 teaching practice.
- For those who do not have a college degree: - 150 hours of teaching Italian to foreigners, in addition to the 150 mandatory; 300 hours total, 60 hours of observation and 240 teaching practice.
- DITALS I certification for at least two profiles.
- Section A: Analysis of didactic materials. The candidate must analyze material from the books of Italian for foreigners and be able to answer questions: these are the questions which are intended to verify that the candidate is knowledgeable on the purposes of the various proposed activities (which abilities are stimulated, what skills are tested).
- Section B: Analysis and exploitation of an instructional text. The candidate will be provided with a text and other material as it will be used to build a) a lesson plan; b) activities in order to target specific skills; c) verification tests. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to identify the objectives reached through a specific task and to be able to adjust the activity at the students’ level.
- Section C: Knowledge of teaching theory. The test verifies the knowledge of the principles and problems of language teaching theory and methodological approaches of the twentieth century; the grasp of fundamental concepts of linguistics and sociolinguistics. The section includes both multiple-choice questions as well as open-ended questions.
- Section D: Oral teaching theory competence. The candidate must prepare, using the materials provided, two activities targeted at two different types of pupils. After thirty minutes of preparation, the candidate records, for 10 minutes (5 minutes for each activity), a simulation of what he/she would do in the classroom.
To receive certification of the DITALS I, candidates must reach the minimum score on all sections of the exam. If the candidate receives the minimum score in only certain sections, he/she may capitalize on their results and retake only the sections that were not previously passed (within three years from the first examination).