One of our DITALS Course attendees, Antonio Galati, spent some time telling us about his point of view regarding the course and its preparation. Enjoy this nice interview to discover his thoughts!
Tell us about your education and previous work experience.
I graduated in Modern Literature at the University of Salento. I spent 5 months at the University of Lisbon for an Erasmus Project and then I did an Erasmus Internship working in a library in Barcelona. I worked as a tutor in the Student Office of my university to help new students register and, in addition to that, as a tutor for Erasmus students in my university. I also worked as an assistant librarian for three months.
Why did you choose the DITALS preparation course?
I love teaching Italian and I would love teaching it to foreigners, immigrants and whoever wants to learn it. I would like to spread my love for the Italian language and history and I chose the DITALS preparation course because obtaining the DITALS certification means having more opportunities. I chose London by chance, but it revealed itself to be very important.
What expectations did you have before the start of the course?
I expected a well organised DITALS centre. At the end of the course I was very satisfied, more than I thought.
How was the course organised?
It was planned in 4 lessons. Each lesson we focused on a different aspect of the exam and studied it thoroughly watching it from a linguistic and a teaching point of view.
In your opinion, which part of the exam is more complex?
Probably the second section, but passing it is not impossible: it is important to study and be concentrated. The course was useful to improve my knowledge and understand my limits.
What do you need to focus on during the exam preparation?
I will focus on the student’s profile chosen, Immigrants, but also on revising linguistics and grammar, because we never stop learning.
What did the traineeship consist of and what was more useful for your training?
The traineeship consisted of observations of Italian classes at any levels. It is very useful to understand how to approach students in a lesson and what type of activities to do depending on the level, how to talk to students and to occupy and manage the space in the room.
Which advice would you give to someone who is about to start this professional path?
Do you love teaching Italian? What are you waiting for to start this journey?