Our teaching is based on the communicative approach. Through the development of the four skills – speaking, writing, reading and listening – the course provides students with the tools necessary to use the language and interact in various situations in everyday life. This communicative based approach is complemented by the in-depth study of Italian grammar structures, important for the correct use of the Italian language. The materials used are carefully selected, based on the interests of the students and in line with the guidelines laid out by the Common European Framework.
The Syracuse Academy is a center for CILS (Certificazione di Italiano come lingua Straniera – Certification of Italian as a foreign language) and DITALS (Certificazione di Competenza in Didattica dell’Italiano a Stranieri – Certification of Italian language teaching to foreigners) of the University of Siena . Our long-term students who wish to follow specific examination courses may prepare and sit CILS examinations at levels from A1 to C2 of the CEFR. Students who have a C1 certified level of Italian can prepare and take the DITALS examination which includes a 24 hour specific teacher training course and 60 hours of classroom teaching practice.
Attendance is compulsory. The students are central to the teaching-learning process; they are encouraged to participate actively in each part of the lesson and are made aware of their responsibility for their progress. After lesson hours, students are asked to complete personal study which includes individual or group work; students may be required to do written work and reading or listening comprehension activities. Teachers may also ask students to complete tasks which entail conversing with native speakers in order to put the language learnt in class into practice and improve their communication skills. During the course students sit two progress tests in order to verify results achieved and identify any problem areas. At the end of the course all students take a final examination.
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