FOUNDATION/YEAR ONE/YEAR TWO
In Semester Two, the Foundation class has participated in weekly 90-minute lessons of Italian. In Term Three, students practised exchanging personal information and shared this by writing letters to other students. A unit on farm animals followed using the video clip of ‘Nella Vecchia Fattoria’ (Old Macdonald had a Farm) as the basis for drawing, miming, performing and other forms of expression. Cultural studies included learning about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the city of Venice. The theme of transport was explored using a book called “Il Piccolo Capitano’(The Little Captain), in particular learning about the different ways one can go to school in both Australia and Italy.
In Term Four, students listened to a story about shopping called ‘Il Mio Fratellino’ (My Little Brother’). The focus was on learning the names of fruit and stating their preferences, They also had the opportunity to participate in activities and games involving buying and selling.
YEAR THREE AND FOUR
In Semester Two, the Year Three class has participated in weekly 90-minute lessons of Italian.
In Term Three, students revised exchanging personal information and shared this by planning and writing letters to other students. Cultural studies included researching and presenting factual information about favourite landmarks, places or geographical features in the form of a slideshow.
In Term Four, the students participated in everyday transactions to purchase goods. They researched what shops and shopping are like in Italy and designed their own shop, complete with signage and items to sell. Students visited each other’s shops, making purchases with Euro dollars. They also designed a map of the school which featured popular landmarks of Italy.
YEAR FIVE AND SIX
In Semester Two, the Year Five class has participated in weekly 90-minute lessons of Italian.
In Term Three, the students used comprehension and translating skills to gather information from a variety of letters, emails and texts. This culminated in students planning and writing letters to other students. Project work followed, requiring students to research and plan and present information and visuals on an aspect of Italian culture.
In Term Four, the students concentrated on learning and using appropriate shopping conventions and extending their knowledge of market places in Italy. After choosing a market stall, students were asked to produce signage, produce and pricing in order to put into practice the language of buying and selling. This was followed by researching a famous Italian explorer and presenting themselves to the class.
Gina Nero - Italian Teacher