The DITALS I exam is an internationally recognised certification to teach Italian as a Foreign Language released by the University for Foreigners of Siena.

It is split in three different sections, focused on different tasks and created depending on the specific student’s profile chosen by the candidate: Part A, Part B and Part C.

Now, let’s approach Part C!

This section is divided into “General language teaching theoretical knowledge” and “Specific knowledge“, where “specific” means “related to the profile chosen by the candidate”.

The first part includes multiple choice questions about grammar, linguistics and language teaching and two general open questions.

The second part consists of three open questions about significant topics related to a profile.

How to pass this section? The best thing to do is studying the bibliography and acquiring a deep knowledge about the specific student’s profile. Questions are structured to make you explain the topic in few lines, so you have to be concise and accurate to achieve a good result.

Regarding the general part, all the recommended books are equally important to understand the basics. Besides, in the bibliography there are specific books and essays for each profile, in order to get a thorough understanding of their characteristics.

Obviously, teaching experience helps in considering some aspects of the language teaching so, if you have the opportunity to do so, the more you teach the better!

Have you already started reading the bibliography? Let us know your thoughts about it!