CISLA: new CILS examination centre
CISLA: new CILS examination centre recognized by
the Università per Stranieri di Siena.
CILS - a certificate of Italian as a second language
- measures and assesses the level of competence a student
has reached in Italian language. It is useful for those
whose work and study puts them in daily contact with Italy,
or simply for those who wish to evaluate their competence
in the Italian language.
The certificate awarded by the Università per Stranieri
di Siena is legally recognised as an official certification
of linguistic communicative competence. The Foreign Ministry,
through the various cultural institutions present abroad,
coordinates examination centres across the world for those
wishing to undertake the CILS examination.
THE CILS LEVELS
The certification system of CILS follows the guidelines
laid out in Common European Framework of Reference for
Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment , the European
initiative in evaluating linguistic competence. As such
there are six recognised levels of competence, each of
which is autonomous and complete in itself and each adapted
to the various social, professional and intellectual needs
of the student.
CILS - Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language
CILS A1 and CILS A2 are aimed at those who are taking
their first steps in the process of learning Italian.
The A1 level indicates that the student has just begun
to engage with Italian as a second language, while the
A2 level indicates a slightly more involved engagement
and attests to a competence which is still in the stage
of being formed. Neither level assumes an autonomous communicative
ability. Both A1 and A2 of the CILS certification process
are modularly structured, differentiated according to
the needs and exigencies of the student. There are modules
aimed at the children of immigrants who live in Italy,
modules aimed at the adults whose first language is markedly
different from Italian (Japanese, Chinese, etc.) and for
children of emigrants from Italy who now live abroad.
The examination at these levels lasts approximately two
The Livello Uno (First level), which corresponds
to the B1 level as indicated in Framework, assesses the
users basic level of competence needed to use Italian
with autonomy in authentic everyday contexts.
The examination lasts approximately three hours.
The Livello Due (Second level) corresponds to B2
of Framework and is an intermediate level. Users at this
level of competence are able to demonstrate the ability
to use the fundamental basics of the language in a wide
variety of contexts and situations. At this level, users
are capable of using Italian to communicate effectively
whilst staying in Italy, be it for reasons of study, work
or pleasure. Possession of the certificate at this level
allows students from outside the EU to register at university
courses without having first to undertake an assessment
of their Italian.
The exam lasts about four hours.
The Livello Tre (Third level) is equal to C1 in
Framework and represents a superior competence in using
the Italian language. The user at this level is able to
use Italian effectively in a much wider range of contexts,
including atypical situations, formal contexts, in dealing
with public bodies, and other such milieu.
The examination lasts about five hours.
The Livello Quattro (Fourth level) - C2 in Framework
- is a advanced level approaching native speaker level.
The user has a completely independent use of Italian in
all formal and informal situations and the capacity to
effectively use Italian in professional contexts.
The examination lasts about five and a half hours.
WHO ARE THE CERTIFICATES FOR?
All Italian citizens resident abroad and non-Italian can
take the CILS examinations. There are no limits with regards
to age and it is not necessary to hold any educational
certificate or qualification. Nor is it necessary to have
first successfully completed a CILS examination at a lower
level than that being studied for. Each candidate is encouraged
to prepare for the CILS examination in the way which is
most adapted to his or her needs and wants.
THE EXAMINATION AND CERTIFICATION
To obtain a CILS certificate it is necessary to pass the
relevant examination. This consists of a listening lest,
a reading test, an analysis of the structures of communication,
a writing test and a speaking test. All these papers are
produced and evaluated at the Certification Centre of
the Università per stranieri di Siena according
to the guidelines laid down by the EU. Certificates are
granted when a student reaches a minimum score on each
paper. When retaking the examination in cases where the
minimum score was not achieved in all papers, candidates
take only those papers where the score was insufficient.
Once a pass has been achieved in any given paper, that
result lasts one year, after which candidates must retake
the whole examination to obtain the certificate.
THE CILS EXAMINATIONS
Examination take place in official centres across the
globe. These centres also deal with registration for the
exams. The cost of the examination is calculated on the
basis of the GDP of the country in which the candidate
presents himself. In cases where students are retaking
only those parts of the examination which were failed
at the previous attempt, the cost thereof is calculated
at one-fifth of the total cost for each paper taken.
Examinations take place twice a year - in June and December
- at the same time in all examination centres.
Next Examination dates:
6 june 2008
5 dicember 2008
PREPARATORY COURSES FOR CILS
CISLA organises intensive courses as preparation for the
CILS examinations. All five areas (listening, reading,
analysis, writing and speaking) are developed. The courses
are organised so as to coincide with the actual examination
dates and therefore serve as an excellent practice.
For all information regarding dates, course costs, and
You can also contact us directly at:
Via Cavour, 7