In Term 1, 2018 there will be a modification to the Language (Italian) Program. Year 3 commence Languages as a learning area that is reported on against the WA Curriculum for the first time. Ms Dolzadelli will be teaching Italian to the Year 3 classes while we source a permanent teacher for Term 2 onwards. The other year levels from Year 1-6 will be having Visual Art as a subject area for Term 1. The outcome of a Language teacher will determine which year levels have Italian and which year levels continue with Visual Art for the reminder of the year.
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 in Years 3 receive one hour of Italian instruction each week. During this time, they 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.