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Teacher training courses (DITALS)

Learn to teach Italian as a foreign language or refresh your skills

DITALS PREPARATION
The DITALS Certification is a cultural title awarded by the “Università per Stranieri di Siena” that assesses the theoretical and practical qualifications in the field of Teaching Italian to Foreigners. Its legal validity, in Italy and abroad, depends on the laws of the single states and institutions. In many cases it is already considered a valid title for the allocation of a score in the recruitment of teachers or for the allocation of credits within an educational curriculum of language teaching methodology.

The DITALS Level I Certification certifies a core competence in the field of language teaching methodology and a specific expertise targeted at a particular learner profile: children, adolescents, adults and the elderly,immigrants , university students, learners of Italian origin, learners whose mother tongue is homogeneous, tourism operators, catholic religious and USA students (University Study Abroad programmes).

Prerequisites:
• Good knowledge of Italian (equivalent to a C1 Level of the Common European Framework for candidates of language other than Italian);
High School Diploma (ensuring access to University);
• Specific training in teaching a foreign language (minimum 24 hours): attendance of a monitored course by the Ditals Centre of Unistrasi
• Declaration concerning the teaching experience, according to one of the following options:
1) At least 60 hours of teaching Italian as a foreign language;
2) At least 60 hours of internship in teaching Italian as a foreign language;
3) At least 60 hours of teaching experience in all subjects in private or public schools or organisations, with at least 15 hours of teching Italian to foreigners (including internships)
• Declaration concerning technological and multimedia skills.

ALCE BOLOGNA is an authorized preparation center for DITALS (Certificate in Teaching Italianto Foreigners) of the Università per Stranieri di Siena.

Course contents

Module 1 - Basic teaching skills
• Teaching languages
• Theories, approaches and methods
• The Common European Framework of reference for languages
• Protagonists and content in the teaching / learning process
• Operating models
• Testing and evaluation
• Use of technologies
• Practise exercises on the basis of previous exams sessions
• Discussion and conclusions

Module 2 - Guided analysis of teaching materials
• Parameters for the analysis of teaching materials
• Practise exercises on the basis of previous exams sessions
• Discussion and conclusions

Module 3 - Analysis and use of a text for teaching purposes
• Approaches, methods, techniques
• Operational models
• Parameters for the analysis of a text for teaching purposes
• Objectives and teaching techniques
• Phases of the work unit and teaching techniques
• Practise exercises on the basis of previous exams sessions
• Discussion and conclusions

It is possible to combine the Ditals course with different types of internship, depending on previous experience and individual needs:
• Ditals 1 + 16 hours internship
• Ditals 1 + 20 hours internship
• Ditals 1 + 30 hours internship
• Ditals 1 + 60 hours internship