Often the Italian language certifications are fundamental certificates for obtaining jobs or documents required by the Italian Government. They are one of the obstacles to overcome for all those foreigners participating in degree courses in Italy, for those who want citizenship or those who have to complete other practices related to residence in the beautiful country. Often, however, these are not simple certifications to obtain, thanks to the undoubted difficulty of the Italian language and the smoky structure of the tests to obtain certification. To learn Italian, a successful preparation method is therefore strictly necessary.
In the following lines we are going to define which practices to adopt to ensure the passage of the exam for the PLIDA and the CILS.
Finding out your language level: first phase
When you have to undertake a new study path and have previous knowledge of the Italian language, it is essential to be aware of the language level you have. To do this, there are tests available online for anyone to find out their starting level.
To confirm what your level is, there are certification exam simulations that are very easy to find. These are also particularly useful for knowing the type of exercises and the structure of the test that you will probably have to face on the day of the test. In this way, knowing the type of exercises to be overcome, it will be much easier to direct your preparation to the completion of the individual exercises. Very often the exercises present in the PLIDA and CILS exams include true or false, oral test and written production in order to measure comprehension, oral and written production.
The various linguistic levels of Italian, as for most Western languages, are listed on a ranking ranging from level A1 (lowest grade) to level C2 (corresponding to the mother tongue level). In particular, the levels are: A1-A2-B1-B2-C1-C2.
From a bureaucratic point of view, some of these levels are essential for obtaining rights and access to services of absolute importance: level A2 is for foreign citizens aged 14 and over who want to obtain the Residence Card or the EC Residence Permit for long periods. . The B1, on the other hand, is useful for all those who intend to have Italian citizenship recognized. For university students who want to have access to the universities of Italy, a level B1 or B2 is required, depending on the faculty and the decisions taken by the university.
Tips for learning the language quickly: best practices
Studying in books is often not enough to achieve the language level you intend to reach. To remedy this problem, practical remedies can be used to improve the listening, speaking, writing and reading phase. The main tips are:
Make use of language entertainment sources to keep one’s attention while using the language. The best move to do is to follow your passions by doing activities that you would normally do but using the language you intend to learn.
Make readings in Italian by starting a book that is of interest to you or, even better, reread a book already read in Italian in order to already know its content and be able to recognize the words in an intuitive way. Very interesting is the possibility of reading books with opposite translation in order to compare the two languages.
Write continuously in a foreign language. Having a daily reason to write, like keeping a journal, helps a lot to improve your writing. This is a very complex step in learning, when the writing is fluent, the speech will also be fluent.
Listening to the radio or watching a film is very useful for improving your listening skills in a foreign language. With the Internet, everyone has the opportunity to do this comfortably and wherever they are.
Take specialized courses to learn Italian and obtain CILS and PLIDA certifications
After following all the steps seen above, the last step that remains is to take part in specialized courses for learning Italian and, even better, to prepare for the CILS and PLIDA exams. Many schools offer interesting solutions for learning Italian without having to make too many sacrifices in terms of travel or timetables. This allows anyone to take part in the lessons even after work and from the comfort of home, in short, a possibility within everyone’s reach.
These school systems often allow you to bypass many of the obstacles seen above by embroidering a tailor-made study plan for the student. They take into consideration the starting language level and the language level to be reached, in this way it is possible to outline the entire path necessary to reach one’s goal.