Monday, January 28, 2013

Alice Learns Italian: My Aspiration

I have been dedicating lots of hours today to my Italian study. My main media for today's study were the podcasts from ItalianPod101.com. In one of the lessons, I discovered that the first step to learning Italian is to recognize my level by checking the "Common European Framework of Reference". Questa è una scoperta interessante per me (This is a very interesting discovery for me), and it is my dream to reach the "Mastery"or C2 level. I'm reproducing here the excerpt of all the levels or framework to guide me towards making my dream come true.

A1: BREAKTHROUGH. Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2: WAYSTAGE. Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g., very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange  of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1: THRESHOLD. Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2: VANTAGE. Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1: EFFECTIVE OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY. Can understand a wide range of demanding longer texts and recognize implicit meaning. Can express himself/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.
 And ultimately,

C2: MASTERY. Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, constructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently, and precisely,  differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

I believe I am currently at A1/A2 and in time to come, I will reach C1/C2. With this clear framework in mind, I now know what I need to be able to do to achieve the required mastery. Buono studio e buon lavoro!