Have you just started your preparation to take the DITALS II exam?

As you saw, the bibliography for the DITALS II is quite rich, so it might be useful to focus on the basics.

Here you have the list of books recommended by the University of Foreigners of Siena: for each section you have to choose one book among the options given.

Let’s see!

ITALIAN LINGUISTICS.

This section includes grammar and linguistics manuals to have at hand during the preparation in order to improve your knowledge and competences. Choose one of these:

  • Palermo M., Linguistica italiana, pp.17-154.
  • Sobrero A. A., Miglietta A., Introduzione alla linguistica italiana, pp.7-54.

SOCIOLINGUISTICS.

The two books listed discuss the effects of many aspect of society on the Italian language. Choose one of these:

  • Berruto G., Sociolinguistica dell’italiano contemporaneo.
  • D’Achille P., L’italiano contemporaneo.
  • Palermo M., Linguistica italiana, pp.157-260.
  • Sobrero A. A., Miglietta A., Introduzione alla linguistica italiana, pp.57-223.

MODERN LANGUAGES TEACHING.

A section about the basics of language teaching in modern societies, influenced by new technologies and media. Choose one of these:

  • Balboni P. E., Le sfide di Babele. Insegnare le lingue nelle società complesse.
  • Ciliberti A., Glottodidattica. Per una cultura dell’insegnamento linguistico.
  • Chini M., Bosisio C. (cur.), Fondamenti di glottodidattica. Apprendere e insegnare le lingue oggi.

SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION.

Two important books to understand how the language acquisition works and consider how it affects the language teaching. Choose one of these:

  • Chini M., Che cos’è la linguistica acquisizionale.
  • Rastelli S., Che cos’è la didattica acquisizionale.

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTS FOR THE MODERN LANGUAGES TEACHING.

This section includes an important document that regulate the language teaching, a guideline to describe learners’competences and achievements:

  • Consiglio d’Europa, Common European Framework of Reference for languages. Learning, teaching, assessment. 

TEACHING APPROACHES, METHODS AND TECHNIQUES.

Some manuals about the different approaches which developed over the decades and some practical methodology aspects. Choose one of these:

  • Balboni P. E., Fare educazione linguistica. Insegnare italiano, lingue straniere, lingue classiche.
  • Danesi M., Diadori P., Semplici S., Tecniche didattiche per la seconda lingua. Strategie e strumenti, anche in contesti CLIL.
  • Semplici S., “Criteri di analisi per i manuali dell’italiano L2“, in P.Diadori (cur.), Insegnare italiano a stranieri, pp.290-314.

CLASSROOM INTERACTION.

A section dedicated to the teacher’s talk and to the interaction in a multilingual class. Choose one of these:

  • Monami E., Correggere gli errori nella classe di italiano L2.

COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING.

In order to acquire the basic knowledge about how modern technologic tools contribute to the language learning, choose one of these:

  • La Grassa M., Troncarelli D. (a cura di), Orientarsi in rete. Didattica delle lingue e tecnologie digitali.

TESTING AND LINGUISTIC EVALUATION.

A manual to analyse how to conduct the language acquisition evaluation:

  • Serragiotto G., La valutazione degli apprendimenti linguistici.

THE CEFR REFERRED TO THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE LEARNING.

The two books suggested are about the Common European Framework of Reference for languages related to the Italian language. Choose one of these:

  • Spinelli B., Parizzi F. (cur.), Profilo della lingua italiana. Livelli di riferimento del QCER A1, A2, B1 e B2.
  • Vedovelli M., Guida all’italiano per stranieri. Dal Quadro comune europeo per le lingue alla “Sfida salutare”.

TEACHING ITALIAN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE.

Two essential manuals to better understand the features of teaching the Italian language to foreigners. Choose one of these:

  • Diadori P., Palermo M., Troncarelli D., Insegnare l’italiano come seconda lingua.
  • Diadori P. (cur.), Insegnare Italiano L2.

TECHNOLOGY TOOLS TO TEACH ITALIAN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE.

A useful section to use high potential technology tools to teach Italian to foreigners, both in presence or online. Choose one of these:

  • Villarini A. (cur.), L’apprendimento a distanza dell’italiano come lingua straniera. Modelli teorici e proposte didattiche.

ITALIAN TEACHERS TRAINING.

Two books to go through the essential skills of an Italian teacher and how to acquire them. Choose one of these:

  • Bosisio C. (cur.), Il docente di lingue in Italia. Linee guida per una formazione europea.
  • Tomassetti R., Le competenze dei docenti e dei formatori di italiano L2.

LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL MEDIATION.

Two books which discuss the features of an intercultural communication and take into consideration all the cultural aspects related to the language. Choose one of these:

  • Balboni P.E., Caon F., La comunicazione interculturale.
  • Bettoni C., Usare un’altra lingua. Guida alla pragmatica interculturale.

TEACHING ITALIAN TO CHILDREN

  • Fabbro F., Neuropedagogia delle lingue. Come insegnare le lingue ai bambini.

TEACHING ITALIAN TO ADOLESCENTS

  • La Prova A., Apprendimento cooperativo e differenze individuali.

TEACHING ITALIAN TO ADULT AND ELDERLY

  • Bettoni P., Adulti in classe. Insegnare lingue LS e L2 agli adulti stranieri.

In addition, we strongly recommend to read the following books:

  • Monami E., Nuovi Quaderni DITALS, DITALS II livello. The book contains 2 complete DITALS II exam samples with keys.
  • Semplici S., Nuovi Quaderni DITALS, DITALS I livello. This book is focused on the DITALS I exam and includes one sample for each student’s profile.
  • Diadori P., Carrea E., La Nuova DITALS risponde 1 – Diadori P., Marrazzo L., La Nuova DITALS risponde 2. These books are focused on the most frequent questions about the DITALS certification, the DITALS exam and some topics of interest for all those who teach Italian as a foreign language.

If you need to buy your books, you can get the 10% discount at the Italian Bookshop showing your Happy Languages Member Card.

Please have a look at the complete bibliography and pick some other books to improve your knowledge in specific subjects.

It’s time to study, from which book are you starting?

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