Celi 3 Exams

Part I


 Tips for successfully writing a composition for the CELI 3 examination


The written production stage in the B2 level Italian teaching takes on great importance, since it summarises –and in a certain sense finalises– the entire learning effort towards a final phase which is definitively to fix several linguistic structures. Therefore, it cannot be thought of as a function separated from the rest of language education, but must go hand in hand with the progressive teaching of Italian.

Didactic unit

After working on a didactic unit whose objectives are grammar, thematic, vocabulary, and communicative functions, the final part of this assignment cannot be but the production of written material.

Guided writing activities

It should be said that the very first thing to bear in mind when proposing written production activities to students is that they should always be required to write having their grammatical progress in mind. And so, for example, if you propose guided writing activities, you must be very careful and suggest only syntactical and grammatical structures which the students have already learned and assimilated thoroughly.

Therefore, the first real advice to be given to a student who has to prepare a written composition is to use grammatical structures that they have already acquired and are familiar with. The teacher’s role is to support this effort by helping them express their ideas in a simple and concise manner.

Guided activities, e.g. sentences or small texts to be completed, are very useful in this respect because they prevent students from having their own language interfere, which often leads to major errors.

CELI 3 written production test proposals

Let’s get more closely into the structure of the written production tests that are presented at the CELI 3 examinations.

CELI 3 exams always feature a typical composition on topics that preparation has generally been carried out on through teaching units throughout the year, e.g. pets, consumerism, ecology, volunteering, etc.

It is therefore vital that the textbook adopted must be up to date with the topics  proposed by CELI, and that the pupils have acquired the necessary vocabulary in class in order to be able to deal with the relevant subjects.