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PLIDA Certification now available @ DASWA

We are pleased to announce that The “Societa’ Dante Alighieri” di Roma granted “Dante Alighieri Society of WA” the PLIDA Certification.
The PLIDA (Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri) certificate is an official diploma issued by the Società Dante Alighieri under an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the approval of the University of Rome. The PLIDA is also recognized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies and by the Ministry of University and Research as a qualification for the university entry of foreign students.
The PLIDA certificate attests proficiency in Italian as a foreign language on the basis of 6-level scale established by the Council of Europe in the Common European Framework for Languages: from level A1, the most elementary, documenting the ability to use Italian in everyday situations, to level C2, the most qualified, guaranteeing an expertise comparable to that of an educated mother-tongue speaker, and which can be used in all professional contexts. Please also note that a PLIDA certification level B1 is required for the Italian citizenship applications.
Dante Alighieri Society of WA is now the sole PLIDA assessor in WA. Courses and exams will start in 2020. We recommend to stay tuned with our media channels for more detailed information including dates.

Chairperson @ Radio Fremantle

The chairperson of Dante Alighieri Society of WA, Alessandro Vero, was interviewed on 17/10/19 by Ada Guglielmino at Radio Fremantle 107.9 (Hashtag Italia) talking about the role of DASWA in our community, the Italian School, the new management of the association and our next Serata Culturale.

Alessandro Vero will be a guest on the show every third Thursday of the month.

You can listen the full interview here:

Alessandro Vero and Rino Pellone, Chairperson and Secretary of DASWA


New Committee elected on 26/07/2019

At the Special General Meeting held on Friday 26 July a new Management Committee was elected. As per Constitution the Management Committee consists of:

  • the office holders of the Association (chairperson, deputy chairperson, secretary, treasurer); and
  • not less than five and no more than seven ordinary committee members.

The new Committee was elected unopposed. The following are the new office holders of the Association:

Chairperson: Dr Alessandro Vero
Deputy Chairperson: Mr Giovanni Rossi
Secretary: Mr Rino Pellone
Treasurer: Mr Giuseppe Luna

The following are the maximum seven ordinary committee members:

Mr Raffaele Basini
Ms Margherita Cavani
Mr Gabriele Campani
Mrs Patrizia Targa
Mr Eros Nardin
Mr Luca Iovino
Mrs Imma Pellone

(from the left) Giuseppe Luna (treasurer), Luca Iovino (committee member), Imma Pellone (committee member) Rino Pellone (secretary), Patrizia Targa (committee member ), Alessandro Vero (chairperson), Eros Nardin (committee member), Gabriele Campani (committee member), Raffaele Basini (committee member), Giovanni Rossi (vice chairperson).

Margherita Compani not in the photo. She was overseas when the photo was taken.

A bio of the office holders and committee members can be found here

Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA

In 1929, Francesco Vanzetti, an idiosyncratic and popular Venetian, offered the first courses in Italian. This was the first appointment of a lecturer in Italian in any Australian university.

Francesco Vanzetti was also one of the first presidents of Dante Alighieri Society of WA.

This lecture series, supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies and by Italian Studies in the UWA School of Humanities, celebrates aspects of Italian language and culture, past and present.

The lectures are free and more info can be found here.