Why learn a language?
In an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse world, intercultural understanding through language learning is essential for our students to effectively participate in the workforce and society.
Recognising this, many Australian universities now allocate bonus points to students who successfully study LOTE subjects in Year 12:
- Through learning LANGUAGE, we learn about culture.
- Through learning about CULTURE, we learn respect for others.
- Through learning RESPECT for others, we can hope for peace.
Italian is an accessible language for young children to learn as it is phonetically based. Often the language is spoken and written exactly how it sounds. This greatly assists students, as they are able to sound out the language to develop proficiency in the spoken language.
In South Australia, Italian is the most commonly used language other than English. Students have the opportunity to continue with their learning of the Italian language, as many high schools (including Cardijn College) offer Italian within their curriculum.
In The Italian Room
At All Saints students from Reception to Year 7 study Italian. In line with the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework, the Learning Area of Languages is organised around three strands, which reflect the nature of learning languages and cultures; they are as follows:
- Communication (Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing)
- Understanding Language
- Understanding Culture.
Lessons in Italian are based on various themes that are covered throughout the year. Students look at a specific theme for a given number of weeks, learning the Italian language while also garnering an understanding and appreciation for the Italian culture.
This year we’ve covered a range of themes across the year levels, including:
- I Saluti (The Greetings)
- I Colori (The Colours)
- I Numeri (The Numbers)
- Il Carnevale (The Carnival)
- La Pasqua (The Easter)
- li Animali (The Animals)
- L ’Italia (The Italy)
- Il Mondiale (The World Cup)
- Lo Sport (The Sport)
- Il Cibo (The Food)
- Il Mondo (The World)
- Santa Maria Della Croce (Saint Mary of The Cross)
- La Famiglia (The Family)
- Made In Italy
- Gli Italiani Famosi (The Famous Italians)
- Natale (Christmas)
Students learn the Italian language and about the country’s culture by engaging in an assortment of activities individually, in pairs, in groups and as a class. This year some of these activities have included:
- Dramatic role-plays
- Historical re-enactments
- Sports activities
- Language puzzles
- Reading comprehensions
- Listening comprehensions
- Written tasks
- Arts & crafts
- ICT activities
- Research assignments