italian language diplomas
ACCADEMIA ITALIANA DI LINGUA (AIL)
The diplomas of the Accademia Italiana di Lingua (AIL) are the best known ones for Italian. The AIL, which is based in Florence, is an association of schools, institutions and national and foreign experts active in the area of Italian Language teaching for non native speakers and in the area of examination diplomas. The AIL offers five different diplomas:
Diploma Elementare di Lingua Italiana (DELI)
The DELI is a diploma that certifies knowledge of the basic level (A1/A2). With this diploma successful candidates have shown that they are familiar with the basic structures of the Italian language, and have the ability to read simple tests and possess sufficient vocabulary to express themselves in normal, everyday situations.
Diploma Intermedio di Lingua Italiana (DILI)
Successful candidates who attain the DILI, a middle level (B1) level diploma, have demonstrated the ability to deal with all important types of situations in everyday Italian. They understand conversations involving everyday topics and are able to participate in them. They are also able to understand written texts on such topics and express themselves in writing.
Diploma Intermedio di Lingua Italiana Commerciale (DILC)
With the DILC, a middle level (B1) diploma, successful candidates demonstrate that they are capable of using Italian orally and in writing in everyday situations. They are capable of understanding texts of a general nature on business topics and expressing themselves in writing with regard to business topics.
Diploma Avanzato di Lingua Italiana (DALI)
The DALI certifies advanced knowledge (C1). Successful candidates have demonstrated knowledge of Italian that enables them to express themselves correctly, both orally and in writing in everyday language, and to understand the written and oral language.
Diploma Avanzato di Lingua Italiana Commerciale (DALC)
The DALC certifies advanced knowledge (C2). Successful candidates have demonstrated their ability to use business Italian (both orally and in writing) in all important situations.
Preparation for DELI, DILI, DILC, DALI and DALC tests
The preparatory courses for the above examinations are given as part of standard courses several times a year. Specific test dates and locations are available on request.