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Learning a language is a way of enriching students’ communicative, intercultural, linguistic and intellectual development and the opportunity to gain important cognitive skills.

At Christ the King school Prep-6 students engage in Italian classes for one hour each week and sessions are prepared on the guidelines provided  by the Victorian Curriculum on Languages.

The programme has a strong emphasis on two major strands which are Communicating and  Understanding. Skills in listening , speaking reading and writing are incorporated within these strands.

Students use the language of Italian to interpret, create and exchange meaning. The students are also required to analyse the culture to understand the context of how the language is used. Students often discover that there are very similar words used both in English and Italian.

In Italian classes students learn songs which help them remember key words and phrases. They create and do many interactive role plays and partner and group activities and language games and develop their social interactions. There is a lot of emphasis in class on using oral language to communicate and to also follow class procedure and follow directions. Short stories and poems, simple paragraphs and texts are read and practiced to translate and inform each other.

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Students also participate in cooking sessions, gelati days, poetry learning, view bilingual performances, participate in competitions and seek an understanding of the cultural similarities and differences in both the Italian and Australian cultures.

We aim to make Italian lessons enjoyable, positive and a successful experience for all of our students.