Why study Italian today?
Apart from helping you acquire a useful skill and an understanding of another culture, study of a foreign language can be a transformative experience, changing the way you think about the world. Italian is the romance language closest to Latin. It is also the language closest to English, since English contains many roots from Italian and Latin.
Italian is the language having the “best phonetic fit”. It is the easiest foreign language to read, write and pronounce because there is only one sound per letter of the alphabet and four consonant blends.
There are over 70 million speakers in the world Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields: ie. interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, construction machinery and transportation equipment. Italy has long been a magnet for the tourism industry.
Year 7 course outline
The Year 7 course covers introductions, simple dialogues, greetings, numbers to 100, dates, time, adjectives and nouns. Simple linguistic structures are introduced – singular/plural, masculine/feminine, essere and avere (singular), negative forms.
The course also enables the students to study the culture where the target language is spoken. Cultural units include background information on Italy, famous Italian people (past and present), Carnevale, Easter and Christmas.
Each chapter starts with a cartoon story plus audio as a way to introduce new grammar and vocabulary.
Language taught is reinforced with the use of DVDs and multimedia programs. Students are encouraged to read and write simple sentences in Italian and to take part in role-plays, songs and educational games.
ICT and Multimedia presentations are a part of the course whereby students incorporate cross-curricular knowledge and skills.
Students who study Italian through to Year 10 are eligible to apply for a four week school - organised study tour to Italy which occurs every two years.