If you didn't know, the Italian language is one of the top 50 most spoken languages in the world. And it tops as the 4th most studied language in the world. More than anything, taking the Italian lesson can help a Nigerian in so many ways. Here are few of its perks:

  • Through the Italian language, students are exposed to a new language that can be used to harness new skills and boost their profile for networking, getting a job and bettering their lives in general.
  • The Italian language is the official language in Italy, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City. With over 67 million speakers in the European Union, Nigerians seeking citizenship in several European states can do so with their liaison with Italiano.
  • You get to boost your language vocabulary through teaching, speaking, listening, reading and communicating in the Italian culture.
  • It provides several opportunities for Nigerian students to study in an Italian speaking university.

These are just a few of the perks that come with taking Italian lessons. If you're currently learning Italian, you'll be expected to test your knowledge to help you advance your proficiency levels. Getting a certificate is a great way of showing that you have reached a certain learning ability. For all levels, there are different tests you'll have to take to get your certification. Here's a list of them below:

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What Certification Exists For My Italian Lesson?

Just like other foreign languages, this European speaking language offers certification for all interested students at all levels. We have listed below, the certification you should be aware of when taking Italian exams:

Italian Certificate as a Foreign Language (Certificazione di Italiano come  Lingua Straniera) popularly known as CILS: CILS  was created by the University of Siena as a certification that attests a student's linguistic-communicative competence in the Italian language. CILS is the first Italian language certification that inculcated six levels of linguistic-communicative competence from the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This certification is also the first to offer specific qualifications for foreign workers in Italy.

The CILS certification is divided into 6 levels. They include:

  • Italian language for beginners: Beginner levels include CILS A1 and A2 which covers children module, adolescent module, adult module and a module for incorporation in Italy.
  • Independent Learner: CILS one is the level B1 of the CEFR. It covers the adult and adolescent module while the CILS Due is the second level or level B2 of the CEFR which covers the adult module.
  • Advanced Learner: Foreign learners can advance their listening, reading, writing, cultural and interacting skills with the CILS level three and four. The level three is referred to as the level C1 while level four is referred to as the C2.

During your exam preparation, you should study properly for the following sections:

  • Oral
  • Written
  • Morphology and Syntax
  • Lexicon
  • Reading and Speaking which requires that you have a good comprehension of written and oral texts.

Your CILS exam or test usually comprises of multiple-choice questions, semi-structured questions and open questions. Each section of the examination is assessed independently. So, if you intend to pass the exam, you must pass the required grade in each section. In the case where you didn't pass a section, you can retake them.

This qualification is internationally recognised in the workplace and the education sector like the university. The CILS A2 certificate is recognised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigerians who intend to get citizenship or residence permit can use this certificate to qualify.

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Certificate Of The Italian Language (CELI)

The CELI (Certificato di Conoscenza della Lingua Italiana) is another internationally recognised qualification. This is also another qualification that you can use to test your knowledge of the Italian courses you have taken. Just as the qualification listed above, it is as well, a great exam to test your linguistic and cultural knowledge.

If you intend to immigrate to Italy for citizenship, work and academics purposes, having this qualification will do. There are CELI immigrati for foreigners and CELI Adolescenti that's aimed at children between the ages of 13 and 17.

What differentiates CELI from CILS is that they have different textual genres and tasks. Just like CILS, CELI is also adapted to the different levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). It is as well divided into six stages:

  • CELI Impatto: This is the Level A1 of the CEFR. It is the basic examination level for foreigners who have zero knowledge of the Italian language.
  • CELI 1: Also known as the level A2 of the CEFR. It is the stage recommended to foreigners who can formulate short sentences but not a speech.
  • CELI 2: Known as B1, it is the intermediate stage needed to master the language with less effort.
  • CELI 3: The B2 stage which is the higher intermediate level useful for mastering lingo courses.
  • CELI 4: The C1 or advanced stage. Courses under this level focus on helping students produce long and complex pieces as well as make conversations.
  • CELI 5: The C1 or grand stage which shows that you have a level of command of the language in complex instances.

If you would like to take courses and study at a university in Italy, the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) require you to have CELI 3. If you have CELI 4 and 5, it shows that you have equal knowledge of the Italian language as native speakers.

The Italian language exam doesn't have to be tough. Whether you're learning the course through online classes, you have enrolled at a school, or you're working with a teacher, you must pay attention to the teaching techniques. If you realise that the teaching patterns are not in sync with your learning, you should look out for other alternatives.

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The Best Way To Start Italian Exam Preparation

Before you can sit for exams, you must study for it. It means that you have gotten all the right information to help you read and study the course. Preparation for this lingo course can make students a little jittery, especially if failing the exams means you cannot work or school in whatever year you have planned.

It is why preparation for an exam starts with proper lessons. As a prerequisite for all levels, taking the time to research on the right lessons that will benefit you will make your work a little less stressful.

If you intend to learn in a language school, it is the duty of the school to guide you on the right path. Whether you're having your lessons online or otherwise, getting accustomed to the cultural relevance of the language can only happen with access to good teaching ability.

Since teaching in this course can be quite delicate, you want to ensure you hire a teacher who has the ability to boost how you learn the culture and the lingo of Italy. If you're having difficulties finding a teacher, you can look to Superprof to provide you with online and home lessons teachers. Not only would your Italian teacher dedicate the time you need to help you learn, but they also have the ability to make proper preparations for your exam.

To separate the wheat from the chaff, here are some things you should readily look out for in an Italian tutor:

  • Expertise year
  • Their training techniques
  • Their interest in the culture

Having these in mind, let's take a look at the best ways to prepare for your coming language of love exams:

  • Practice: Read, write, speak and communicate constantly. If you're confused, write down your questions and discuss with your Italian tutor.
  • Research past questions that will be of value to you. If you find that you're lagging a little, work with a group of like minds who are in the same stage with you.
  •  Get accustomed to Italian speaking movies, literature, lifestyle and so on. As a pro tip, you can use the lingo for your daily activities, like changing your phone settings from English to the Italian language.

In any case, working with a competent Italian teacher is a great requirement if you intend to pass with distinctions. Working with Superprof's instructors assures you of a great start and finish for your new and intending examination.

 

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