This preparatory course is specifically for the preparation for the CILS exam (Certificate in Italian as a second language) from the University for foreigners of Siena.
The Istituto Linguistico Mediterraneo is a center recognized by the Università per Stranieri di Siena and offers preparation courses for the CILS exam.
This course consists in 25 lessons a week (20 group hours and 5 individual hours a week).
In the morning students attend group lessons, in which the guidelines of the CILS exam and of the Common European Framework for Languages are strictly followed. In the afternoon students have individual lessons, where the student will have an opportunity to practice CILS exams from previous years. During these lessons, by means of exercises and practice tests, students become more familiar with the particular methods needed for the CILS exam. It also an opportunity for students to concentrate on the areas in which they have most difficulty, which are often highlighted when going through the exams.
Therefore it is advisable to contact the school before enrolling for the CILS exam.
CILS – Certificate of Italian as a second language
CILS is an official title recognized by the Italian State on the basis of an agreement with the Foreign Ministry and shows a students ability in the Italian language. The Italian Language Certification is useful for those who want to do further study in Italy or have professional contact with Italy and who would like to measure their own Italian language skills. The different levels of the CILS certificate prove a certain ability to communicate in Italian in different situations and contexts. More detailed information can be found in the document “Sistema coordinato delle Certificazioni dell’italiano per Stranieri, Roma, 1998”.
The different levels of the CILS certificate
The different levels of the Italian Language certification have been determined on the basis of the Common European Framework for Languages. The different levels determine certain linguistic and communicative skills. The certificate of each level confirms the ability to communicate appropriately in a specific social and professional environment. The following are the different levels established by the Common European Framework for Languages and the corresponding level of the CILS certificate:
|Level established by the Common European Framework for Languages||Level of the CILS certificate|
|CILS_UNO – B1
CILS_DUE – B2
|CILS_TRE – C1
CILS_QUATTRO – C2