DITALS I: How to Choose The Learner Profile

Have you already chosen among the DITALS I learner profiles?

As you probably know, this exam is structured on a specific learner profile which is related to teaching/learning context, student’s age and personal motivation.

Here you have a list of all the profiles: if you specialize in a profile, you will be able to better understand its general features in terms of language acquisition, the best methodologies and the most appropriate materials to use.

Have a look!

Children: either if you want to teach Italian as a foreign language to children in Italy or abroad, this is the right profile to choose. The profile refers to learners up to 11 years old.

Adolescents: this profile includes students in the 11-18 age range who live in Italy or abroad and learn Italian as a foreign language.

Adults and Elders: this profile includes students of different age, from young professionals to retired students who enjoy learning Italian. The motivation behind can be very different as well as the language acquisition issues you need to be aware of.

Migrants: a specific profile focused on migrants who arrive in Italy for work or family reasons and can have a very different background in terms of education and experiences. In this case the learner’s motivation is purely instrumental and it is essential to understand the cultural difficulties these students might come across.

University students: the profile refers to foreign students who learn Italian as a foreign language in Italy or in their countries as part of a linguistic career or of a completely different path (for example Erasmus students who study maths in Italy and need to learn the language as well).

University Study Abroad (USA): the profile is specifically focused on North American students who learn Italian in Italy during their study holiday.

Learners of Italian origin: this profile includes descendants from an Italian family who has been living abroad for many generations. These learners often know the dialect of the original Italian family, so need to build a bridge between the Italian language and the dialects they speak.

Religious clergy: these learners study Italian within the Pontifical university or other catholic institutions. Their needs are related to the study of theology in Italian and to the daily interaction with teachers, colleagues and people they meet while in Italy.

Catering and tourism operators: the learners included work in the tourism sector (cruise ships, hotels, travel agencies, bar and restaurants, etc.) and need to speak Italian with customer and colleagues.

Opera singers: the specific need of this group of learners is learning Italian in order to understand and sing opera works but also to interact in Italian with colleagues and teachers.

Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, German native speakers: these DITALS I learner profiles are specifically related to the native language of learners and are focused on the comparison between these languages and the Italian language. In this case, teachers must have a knowledge of the specific language spoken by the group of learners.

Are you ready to choose one of the DITALS I learner profiles now? Which profile are you more interested in?