Italian Beginners is a two year course for students beginning Italian in Stage 6. It focuses on three objectives: interacting, understanding texts and producing texts. Students will develop, extend and refine their communication skills in Italian in contexts defined by a variety of topics. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of Italian language and culture to interpret and respond to Italian texts and incorporate this knowledge and understanding in the creation and presentation of their own texts in Italian.
Students develop skills in speaking and writing in Italian as well as reading and listening to different Italian texts. Students examine the following topics:- family, home and neighbourhood; friends, leisure and pastimes, peoples; places and communities; education and work; travel, holidays and tourism; future plans and aspirations.
Students should have had no more than 100 hours’ study of the language at the secondary level (or the equivalent) or little or no previous knowledge of the language.
Italy is one of the most industrially and economically advanced nations in the world and ranks among Australia’s top international trading partners. Italy remains a strong buyer of Australian primary products, while Australia has been a consistent buyer of Italian technology and design. A significant number of Italian companies have branches in Australia.