Integrating certifications in a university curriculum: issues, challenges and problems
2010, Vol. XV-1, pp. 61-74
The introduction of foreign language examinations in universities can not be implemented easily. This engenders a series of questions that this paper seeks to clarify through a reflection on the Italian experience with the French language certificates. The paper will focus on a process that allows to identify the principal factors to take into account in order to assess the relevance, validity and opportunity of introducing such examinations in the university context. Even though these certifications are usually provided by other institutions outside of the university on the basis of the claims of the Common European Framework of Reference for language, this paper suggests a tighter collaboration between the universities and these language assessment providers.