The MIUR (Ministry of education, university and research) in 2016 established the A23 competition class dedicated to teaching Italian for foreign language learners. The new class of competition has as its purpose the teaching of Italian L2 in the secondary school of I and II degree and in the education courses for adults, as well as Italian L2 laboratories in kindergarten and primary school. Currently this class of competition is present in all centers for adult education (CPIA).
Access to the competition class requires the possession of specific academic qualifications and certifications attesting to the specialization in teaching Italian L2.
The academic qualifications valid for access to the competition class are:
Degrees in Literature, Literary subjects, Italian language and culture, Foreign languages and literatures of the Old Order
Specialized Degrees (DM 22/05) in Modern Philology (LS 16), Italian Language and Culture (LS 40), Foreign Languages for International Communication (LS 43) and Linguistics (LS 44)
Master's Degrees (D.M.270 / 2004) in Modern Philology (LM 14), Modern Languages for International Communication and Cooperation (LM 38) and Linguistics (LM39). The degree in Primary Education Sciences (LM 85 bis) is valid only for laboratories in kindergartens and primary schools
To access the competition class, in addition to the qualifications listed above, it is necessary to have a certificate of specialization in teaching Italian L2. The D.M. 92/2016 which recognizes as Italian L2 specialization qualifications:
University diplomas of specialization in teaching Italian to foreigners, lasting two years and worth 120 university credits (ECTS)
1st or 2nd level Masters specifically aimed at acquiring skills in teaching Italian L2
Second level language teaching certifications such as: the II level DILS-PG issued by the University for Foreigners of Perugia; the II level DITALS issued by the University for Foreigners of Siena; the CEDILS issued by the Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
The aforementioned degrees, combined with the specialization title in Italian L2, are admission qualifications provided they include one-year courses (or two semester-long courses) in disciplines such as Italian language, Italian literature, general linguistics, Latin language or Latin literature, history, geography, glottology, glottodidactics, teaching of the Italian language or at least 72 credits in the scientific disciplinary sectors L-FIL-LET, L-LIN, M-GGR, L-ANT and M-STO of which: 12 L-LIN/01; 12 L-LIN/02; 12 L-FILLET/12 and at least 6 L-FIL-LET/10, 12 LFIL-LET/04, 6 M-GGR/01, 6 between LANT/02 or 03, M-STO/01 02 and 04.
The aforementioned requirements are also required for teaching Italian in public institutions abroad.
Numerous schools belonging to the ITALIAN in ITALY association have signed agreements with the University for Foreigners of Siena, the University for Foreigners of Perugia and the Ca' Foscari University of Venice for the organization of preparation courses for the certifications offered by the Universities indicated above and for the reception of trainees.