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:
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):
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.
Other exam dates for the DITALS may be requested by accredited institutions.