Students in Year 3 – 6 receive one hour of Italian instruction per week. The Language (Italian) Program is being delivered to Year 3 students as a learning area to be reported on against the new WA Curriculum for the first time. Years 4, 5 and 6 continue to receive instruction and will be reported on against the outgoing WA Curriculum.
Learning Italian not only allows students to communicate in another language, but also strengthens their understanding of language conventions and the process of communication. It shines a cultural spotlight upon Italy and, in doing so, assists in developing learners’ understandings of their own culture, values and identity. Through learning a language, children have an appreciation of diversity and difference, gaining a worldview of experiences and perspectives.
Students are given opportunities to communicate both orally and in written form. In order to capture the students’ interest, the topics are familiar and student-centred. For example, the students learn about family, hobbies and school. The outcome of the program is ultimately for students to acquire communication skills in the Italian language. It also develops an intercultural competence, as students begin to understand the roles language and culture play in communication.
Students can continue learning Italian at Willetton Senior High School.