Italian Beginners

Course Description

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.

Learning Italian:-

  • develops in students the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful participation in the 21st century.
  • develops in students the ability to move successfully across and within cultures.
  • enhances creativity and develops more refined and sophisticated skills in analysis, negotiation and problem-solving.
  • enhances students’ literacy skills
  • develops effective skills in interacting, and understanding and producing texts.
  • strengthens in students their command of their first language.
  • enhances students’ enjoyment and appreciation of politics, art, architecture, cuisine, music, science, literature, film and theatre

Italian is

  • spoken in many countries in Europe, in North and South America, Africa and Australia.
  • a strong community language and relevant to Australian students
  • can be traced to the First Fleet in 1788 and  Italian-speaking communities in Australia continue to play a significant role in our culturally diverse society.

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.


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