The job profile "teacher of Italian as a second language for tourism and hotel operators": a certified teaching competence at the service of the Italian tourism industry in Italy and in the world
The project aimed at providing theoretical and educational tools for teachers of Italian as a foreign language, working with learners of the tourism and hospitality field. The project has arisen from the need to contribute to the development of the Italian tourism sector, where more and more foreign workers with limited knowledge of Italian are employed; this is the reason why the training of highly qualified teachers, able to teach Italian quickly and effectively, is required. Started with a cooperation with Costa Cruise Ship Company to improve the competences in Italian of the crew (14 ships with 18.000 operators on board, of 70 different nationalities). The DITALS Centre has responded to these requests carrying out a theoretical framework text for teachers of Italian L2 to operators in the field of tourism and hospitality, a handbook for teaching Italian as a foreign language to workers in the field of tourism and hospitality, training courses for teachers of Italian as a foreign language and a specific teaching certification (DITALS I Level – Teaching Italian to workers in the field of tourism and hospitality).
Consistency with the European policies in the field of language learning