Giulia Claudi attended our DITALS I preparation course in June 2017 for four weeks. We asked her to talk about it and explain what was more useful for her to approach the exam.
Let’s read what she said!
Tell us about your education and previous work experience.
I graduated in Modern Filology at the University of Florence. Before the DITALS course I had never had any experience in teaching, but considering my studies it is the natural continuation.
Why did you choose to do the DITALS preparation course?
I wanted to gain a certification to teach Italian as a foreign language and the DITALS certification seemed to be the best choice as it is the most complete (it is made up of two levels) and it is recognised all over the world. I thought that the course would be useful also because of the possibility to do the 60 hours traineeship, which is required to apply for the exam.
What expectations did you have before the start of the course?
I hoped that the course would be very practical and useful not only to pass the exam but also to learn how to teach. And it was exactly like that.
How was the course organised?
The 4 lessons took place once per week and lasted for 6 hours each. We talked about topics like the phases of an Italian lesson and we simulated together the three sections of the exam.
In your opinion, which part of the exam is more complex?
Studying and practicing constantly, it is possible to take on all the three sections without problems.
What do you need to focus on during the exam preparation?
I have been working on Part B so far, on the analysis of a text and the creation of an activity related to it, which is probably the part that requires more practice. For the other two parts studying is “enough”.
What did the traineeship consist of and what was more useful for your training?
I observed Italian lessons at Happy Languages or online on its Youtube channel and after each lesson I wrote a report, paying attention to specific aspects that I probably would have never noticed, as the time and space management and the activities’ structure and objectives. It is very useful either to realise how theory turns into practice and to take inspiration for a future career.
Which advice would you give to someone who is about to start this professional path?
Be motivated and try to spend time on the activities to do at home, ask questions and explanations if something is not clear. The course is a good opportunity to learn: take advantage of it!