The DITALS I, released by the University for Foreigners of Siena, is an international certification to teach Italian as a foreign language.

The exam includes three different sections: Part A, Part B and Part C. Each section requires a specific preparation and is structured depending on the profile chosen by the candidate.

So let’s have a look at Part B!

This part is called “Analysis and didactic exploitation of a text“: candidates have to analyse the text provided and to create an activity based on the text in 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Specifically, they have to analyse the text through the following sections:

  • language features
  • text genre
  • structure

After that, candidates are asked to think about the ideal students to address the activity that they want to create, specifying:

  • student’s age
  • level of competence
  • best learning context and why

Finally, candidates have to describe the activity that they have in mind and, after that, create it exactly as students would see it. To do that, they are given one parameter among these three:

  • phase of the lesson
  • objective: ability and/or competence
  • technique

Even though the activity to create is only one, it is crucial to have a clear idea of the whole unit where the activity is inserted.

The preparation of this section is quite complex: in order to get familiar with the exploitation of a text and the creation of activities it is important to do a lot of practice and observe as many Italian lessons as you can. Also, a thorough analysis of Italian textbooks can help candidates approach Part B with a deep understanding of the different lesson’s phases and the appropriate activities to achieve the educational goals.

Now you can definitely start your preparation! What will you focus on?