Language Centre of the University of Rome Tor Vergata

The University Language Centre (CLA) supports the teaching and learning of seven foreign languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Polish and Portuguese). It caters for curricular language courses for the students enrolled at the University of Rome Tor Vergata as well as for those under EU programmes (Erasmus+). Its activities are based on relevant research in second language acquisition and educational technology.
Amongst its main aims, the Language Centre promotes multilingualism by supporting and officially certifying the foreign language competences for personal, academic and professional purposes.

STAFF LIST

Director: Prof. Stefania Cavagnoli

Chief administrative officer: Ms Daniela Vinciguerra

Administrative officer: Dr Rosetta Comandini

Research & Innovation Manager: Dr Maria Vittoria Valeri

Language Technician: Dr Tommaso Continisio

Technical-scientific committee:

Prof. Bruno Sassani (Law Area)

Prof. Daniela Guardamagna (Arts Area)

Prof. Maria Purificacion Lozano Zahonero

Prof. Elisabetta Marino

Prof. Hugo Bowles (Economics Area)

Prof. Massimo Federici (Medicine Area)

Prof. Massimo Bassan (Science Area MMFFNN)

Prof. Stefania Cavagnoli (Director of the Language Centre)

Prof. Tommaso Rossi (Engineering Area)

Dr Silvia Quattrociocche

CONTACTS

Email: segreteria@cla.uniroma2.it

Tel. 06 7259 91026

CALL US:

Monday to Thursday: 10am to 12.30pm and 14pm to 16pm;

Friday: 10am to 12pm

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 10am to 12.30pm and 14pm to 16pm

Friday: 10am to 12pm

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WHERE TO FIND US

The Language Centre is located in Via di Passo Lombardo 341- 00133 Roma, within the Campus X complex.

How to reach us

By subway

Take the subway line A (direction Anagnina) from Termini Station and get off at the last stop (Anagnina).

From Anagnina, take one of the following ATAC bus lines:

  • Line 504: get off at Passolombardo- Carpenè stop;
  • Line 506 (direction Vanvitelli): get off at Passolombardo-Carpenè stop;
  • Line 507 (direction Grotte Celoni): get off at Tor Vergata-Palosci and continue along Via Berkeley for about 500 metres.
  • Line 509 (direction Fosso del Cavaliere): get off at Tor Vergata-Palosci and continue along Via Berkeley for about 500 metres.

By car

From Grande Raccordo Anulare (A90), take exit n. 20 “La Romanina”, continue on the ramp and merge onto Via Vittorio Ragusa. Drive along for about 2 km, then take the flyover and continue to the corner with Via di Passo lombardo. Turn left into Via di Passo lombardo and drive along for 350 m all the way to the entrance of Campus X, which you will see on your left.

From South:  Take the A1 Motorway Roma-Napoli towards Roma Sud, exit at “Terranova”, turn right, and continue for about 50 m. Turn left at the traffic lights  on the corner of Via di Passo lombardo. Turn left and drive along for 350 m all the way to the entrance of Campus X, which you will see on your left.

GPS Coordinates:

DD (Decimal Degrees)

Latitude: 41.845718

Longitude: 12.627745

GMS (degrees, minutes, seconds)

Latitude   S 41° 50′ 44.586”

Longitude   E 12° 37′ 39.882”

General information

Foreign Language proficiency exams (“Idoneità Linguistica”)

The test is held for the following languages: French, English, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, German and covers B1 and B2 levels as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The students enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree Course of the Macro-Areas of Humanities and Engineering will have to take the B1 proficiency test (Idoneità livello B1); the students enrolled in a Master and/or Single-Cycle Degree Course of the Macro-Areas of Humanities and Engineering will  have to take  the B2 proficiency test (Idoneità livello B2). The number of ECTS credits awarded after the foreign language proficiency exam varies in accordance with the regulations governing each Degree Course.

The foreign language proficiency test will probably be computer-based and its duration will depend on each language and on its level of difficulty.

We invite you to visit our website, where you will find self-assessment tests as well as a section containing useful self-study links .

How to prepare for the foreign language proficiency  test ?

To prepare for the test, CLA offers non-mandatory courses (although attendance is strongly encouraged) including frontal lessons as well as mentoring meetings.

Registration and exam sessions

To take your foreign language proficiency exam, you will have to register on the Delphi online platform. In the section Exams Calendar you will find exam dates and schedule.

If you have difficulty booking through Delphi, please contact CLA administrative office within the fixed registration deadline.

Please remember to bring your academic transcript on the day of the exam. Dictionaries or other multimedia tools will not be admitted to the examination room.

ECTS credits can be earnt during one of the  five  exam sessions scheduled during the academic year: January, February, June, July and September.

Please be aware that students are not allowed to resit the test in the same session

Should the study plan of the Degree Course provide for two foreign language proficiency exams , the student will have to choose two different languages and sit for an exam in each of the two.

Test result and registration

In the case of a computer-based test, the exam result will appear on screen immediately after the end of the exam.

The test result will be automatically registered on Delphi online platform  within a few weeks after the exam.

The foreign language proficiency exam is not recorded on the student academic transcript.

Please note that the exam calendar, registration deadlines and the individual examination timetable  will be published on Exam Dates webpage.

 

 

FAQ

  1. What is CLA?

 CLA (University of Tor Vergata Language Centre) organizes foreign language courses tailored to the needs of all the students who are required to fulfill the foreign language competency requirement.

In order to earn the ECTS credits specified in their individual study plan, all the students concerned are required to sit a foreign language proficiency  exam (“Idoneità linguistica”) in the language chosen and according to the level of linguistic competence specified.

  1. Who has to sit the language proficiency exam (“Idoneità Linguistica”) with CLA?

Students enrolled in one of the Bachelor/Master/Single-Cycle Degree Courses of the Macro-Areas of Humanities and Engineering where the foreign language competency requirement is included as “Other educational activities”- “Additional foreign language knowledge”- , must sit the CLA exam.

Only for the Macro Area of Humanities:  if the study plan provides for a final exam (where a mark is assigned; as it is the case for the Degree Course in Communication Sciences), CLA proficiency exam is intended as propaedeutic (i.e. successfully completed prior to the final exam), only if the language chosen for CLA proficiency exam and the final exam correspond.

Should the study plan of the Bachelor Degree Course provide for two language proficiency exams, the students will be required to choose two different languages.

Students enrolled in Languages and Modern Literatures (LLEM), Languages in the Information Society (LINFO), Languages and European and American Literatures (LLEA)  Bachelor’s Degree Courses are exempted from CLA proficiency testing and language courses.

  1. How many ECTS credits are awarded after the language proficiency exam (“Idoneità Linguistica”)?

The acquisition of ECTS credits depends on the individual study plan and Degree Courses.

  1. How are CLA’s level courses structured?

CLA offers different language level courses. Generally, the recommended levels are as follows:

  • B1 (for the students enrolled in Bachelor’s Degree Courses)
  • B2 (for the students enrolled in Master’s and/or Single-Cycle Degree Courses)

For the A. Y. 2016/17, CLA has organized an English literacy course aimed at all first-year University students.

  1. I am a first-year student enrolled on a Bachelor’s Degree Course in the Macro-Area of Humanities and Engineering and I have to take the language proficiency exam (“Idoneità Linguistica”) in English. How can I know which course to follow?

Before enrolling in a language course aimed at fulfilling the foreign language competency requirement in the Macro-Area you belong to, you need to take a self-assessment test (visit CLA “Self-Assessment Test” web page). Based on the test passing score, you will choose the most appropriate course (a literacy course for a score below B1- level requirements; a B1 course for a score equivalent or above B1- level requirements).

  1. I am a first-year student enrolled on a Master and/or Single-Cycle Degree Course in the Macro-Areas of Humanities and Engineering and I have to take the language proficiency exam (“Idoneità Linguistica”) in English. How can I know which course to follow?

The course to follow is B2.

  1. I am a first-year student enrolled on a Degree Course in the Macro-Areas of Humanities and Engineering and I have to take the language proficiency exam (“Idoneità Linguistica”) in a language other than English. Which course should I attend?

If you are enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree Course, you have to attend a B1 course. If you are enrolled in a Master or Single-Cycle Degree Course, you have to attend a B2-level course.

  1. I am a first- year student enrolled on a Bachelor’s Degree Course in a Macro-Area other than Humanities and Engineering and I have to take the language proficiency exam (“Idoneità Linguistica”) in English. Which course should I attend?

If your self-assessment test score is below B1-level requirements, the University Language Centre offers you a language literacy course, which we recommend you to attend prior to following the specific course organized by the Macro-Area you belong to for the purpose of fulfilling the foreign language competency requirement.

  1. I am a first-year student enrolled on a Bachelor’s Degree Course in a Macro-Area other than Humanities and Engineering and my self-assessment test score was equivalent or above B1 requirements. What can CLA offer me?

In this case, CLA will invite you to attend the course organized by your Macro-Area.

  1. I am a student enrolled in a Bachelor/Master/Single-Cycle Degree Course in a Macro-Area other than Humanities and Engineering. Can I follow the language courses provided by CLA if the Macro-Area I belong to does not offer the language learning opportunities I am interested in?

Occasional students are welcome provided the enrollment limit for the specified course has not been reached.

  1. What is the purpose of self-assessment tests in the other languages if undertaking them is not a pre-requisite to enrol in a specific course?

We recommend students to undertake self-assessment because it will give you better information about your language competence and hence the opportunity to better make up for your deficiencies through independent study before courses start.

  1. What type of exam will I take and how many sessions are scheduled?

ECTS credits can be earnt during one of the  five  exam sessions scheduled during the academic year: January, February, June, July and September.

Students are not allowed to resit the test in the same session.

Beginning with the summer (June 2017) session, the exam will be delivered via computer-based testing  and the structure of the test is at the discretion of the professor.

We will post more detailed information about the exams as it becomes available .

  1. Should I fail the exam, will the score be recorded in my university career?

The failure shall be entered into your Delphi student section personal page under the wording “Withdrawn”.

  1. I cannot attend the lessons: how can I effectively and properly prepare for the exam?

The textbooks used during the course and any additional material shall be published on CLA website. Anyway, all students are recommended to attend office hours.

  1. I have got a language certificate issued by a certification body. Is it useful?

Yes, it definitely is, provided it has been issued by internationally recognized institutions . Certifications issued over the last two years (three years in case of certificates with a level above the Degree Course requirements) shall be accepted.

For more information and for the recognition of equivalence aimed at fulfilling the foreign language competency requirement, visit the “Language Certifications” section of this website.

  1. I have got a language certificate issued by a certification body but it does not respect the time limits required. What can I do?

In these cases the expiry date and the level of the certificate will be taken into due consideration.

If necessary, the student will be given the opportunity to take an oral exam with the professor, who will determine whether the candidate’s language skills attested by the certificate match CLA minimum language requirements.

If case of a pass evaluation, the candidate’s language proficiency shall be recorded during the first available exam session; in case of a fail evaluation, the student is required to sit the exam session.

  1. I have attended a language course in a language school in Italy or abroad and I have got a certificate of attendance. What can I do?

Only certificates issued by internationally recognized certification bodies shall be accepted. Certificates of attendance to language courses shall not be accepted.