Have you just had a look at the DITALS I bibliography?

As you can see there is a long list: we will go through the essentials, but don’t forget that there are also suggested books to improve your knowledge about specific topics.

Let’s have a look!

Italian linguistics (one book between the following options):

  • D’Achille P., L’italiano contemporaneo. A complete manual about Italian sociolinguistics and linguistic variations influenced by different factors.
  • Librandi R., L’italiano: strutture, usi, varietà. A book to improve your knowledge of the Italian language, from its history to the contemporary linguistic situation.

Italian grammar (one book between the following options):

Ferrari A., Zampese R., Grammatica: parole, frasi, testi dell’italiano.

Trifone P., Palermo M., Grammatica italiana di base.

Teaching modern languages / teaching Italian as a foreign language:

  • Balboni P.E., Le sfide di Babele. Insegnare le lingue nelle società complesse. A must for all the teachers-to-be: a complete guide about foreign languages acquisition.
  • Consiglio d’Europa, Common European Framework of Reference for languages. Learning, teaching, assessment (Chapters 3 and 5). A guide to better understand the European linguistic levels and the competences and abilities to develop at each level.
  • Danesi M., Diadori P., Semplici S., Tecniche didattiche per la seconda lingua. Strategie e strumenti, anche in contesti CLIL (Chapters 3-4-7-8) An overview of the teaching techniques with useful examples taken from textbooks for Italian students.
  • Diadori P., Palermo M., Troncarelli D., Insegnare l’italiano come seconda lingua. Divided in three sections, it goes through the teaching-learning process’features.
  • Diadori P. (Cur.), Insegnare italiano L2 (Part 1 and 3). An anthology of essays about teaching Italian as a foreign language.
  • Vedovelli M., Guida all’italiano per stranieri. Dal “Quadro europeo per le lingue” alla “Sfida salutare”. In chapters 1, 2, 4 and 5 the author talks about the changes and the new potential of the Italian as a foreign language and about teaching methodology aspects.

In addition to that, you will have to study a book about the specific student’s profile chosen.

  • Children: Fabbro F., Neuropedagogia delle lingue. Come insegnare le lingue ai bambini. It analyses the rules to follow in order to make the learning process easy for children.
  • Adolescents: La Prova A., Apprendimento cooperativo e differenze individuali. Starting from the complex situation of having foreign students in the Italian secondary school, the book gives teachers appropriate tools to be able to manage diversity and build good educational paths for their classes.
  • Adults and elders: Begotti P., Adulti in classe. Insegnare lingue Ls e L2 ad adulti stranieri. A complete book to better understand all the aspects involved in teaching Italian to adults.

In order to get ready for the exam, we strongly suggest to consult the following books:

  • Diadori P., Carrea E., La Nuova DITALS risponde 1 – Diadori P., Marrazzo L., La Nuova DITALS risponde 2.  They contain all the most common questions about the DITALS certification, the exam and the main topics of interest for Italian teachers to foreigners.
  • Semplici S., Nuovi Quaderni DITALS, DITALS I livello (vol.1 and vol.2). These books include one exam sample for each student’s profile with keys.

You can find all the other profiles and related books just scrolling down the bibliography.

You can get the 10% discount on DITALS I books showing your Happy Languages Member Card at the Italian Bookshop.

Let’s start prepare the exam then!