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At St Joseph’s the children have specialist Italian lessons with Signora Nero.

The study of Italian

  • Explores the culture and language of Italy
  • Promotes other cultures.
  • Promotes the development of communication and literacy skills.
  • Promotes cognitive growth and divergent thinking.
  • Enables students to explore a wider social and intellectual environment.

Through weekly lessons students:

  • Learn to communicate in the Italian language for many purposes and in many contexts: they are able to extend their social contacts, and have direct access to knowledge, ideas and information written or spoken in the Italian language.    
  • Learn to use the language effectively.  Students develop an understanding of the cultural contexts in which the language is used as well as the shared meanings, values and practices of the community as embodied in that language. Through comparison with their own language and culture, students learn that there are many ways of viewing the world. Special days within the Italian culture are celebrated
  • Students develop an understanding of the way language works (its structure, the part it plays and its effects), which they can apply to other languages, including English.  

While learning an additional language, students gain knowledge of and make connections across a range of concepts drawn from other key learning areas. The students engage in many activities to learn more about the customs, traditions and celebrations of Italy, including Italian Republic Day, pasta making, dance and drama presentations.

The children develop these communication skills, sociocultural understandings, language awareness and general knowledge through role play, games and songs.