Teaching and learning in Italian focuses on language acquisition through developing a range of language learning strategies. The emphasis is on encouraging learners to learn and apply key language and structures for a range of tasks and contexts. Languages are traditionally split into four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and work centres on developing ability in each skill area.

Lesson activities are varied and may include exploiting a literary text for comprehension, extracting key details from listening texts, engaging in role-play or practising translation. Throughout their learning learners are strongly encouraged to make links with other languages that they know and to share this information with the class.

Years 7 and 8

Year 7 and 8 Italian: Amici Course Book

Learners follow a curriculum that is diverse in themes and rich in grammar. As well as learning to communicate in different contexts, learners also practise key transactional language items which will enable them to get around in Italian speaking countries. There are opportunities to look at cultural aspects and explore important festivals, customs and traditions.

How Learners Are Assessed

Students are assessed on their progress in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language using a variety of forms of assessment across the four skill areas. This usually occurs once a half term.

Both formative and summative assessments are carried out and targets are set for learners in line with school policy. Peer assessment also plays an integral part in the work of the department.

Years 9 10 11

GCSE Italian Amici Course Book

These text books are used to support delivery of the new GCSE curriculum which covers the following themes:

  • Identity and culture e.g. music, film, reading, fashion, internet including customs and festivals
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest e.g. e.g. holidays, accommodation, eating, food and drink including global issues.
  • Current and future study and employment e.g. career choice and ambitions and including looking for and getting a job.
  • Within each theme, learners engage in listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation activities. These tasks enable learners to explore the communicative and linguistic structures of the language as well as gaining cultural awareness.

We follow the AQA Examination Board for Italian: learners are entered for Foundation or Higher Tier for each skill, and each skill is worth 25% of the overall final level.

The Speaking exam is carried out after Easter half term, and Reading, Listening and Writing are assessed in individual exams at the end of the academic year.

For more information regarding GCSE Italian please contact Miss Dawkes.