The language of music, food, love and a wealth of artistic heritage, Italian is a fast-growing language with more and more students enrolling on courses every year up and down the country. Italian is beautiful to listen to and relatively easy to learn as so much English vocabulary comes from Latin, the most common ancestor of all the romance languages. In bocca al lupo for your journey!
Here at the Anglo European School, we offer Italian from Year 8 up to GCSE and throughout the sixth form. You may work towards GCSE, WJEC Level 1 awards, A level or the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Key Stage 3.
In Years 8 and 9 there is one mixed ability Italian class. Native speakers are supported through extra activities and, with the agreement of parents, on extension work of a more advanced nature.
Course books used are Tutti Insieme 2 and Amici, which are supplemented with additional material, including authentic resources which allow the teacher to differentiate target learning according to the needs of the class.
Year 8 Tutti Insieme 2 ISBN 019551598-6
Year 8 Tutti Insieme 2 workbook ISBN 978-0-19-551599-2
Year 9 Amici ISBN 978-019912424-4
Year 9 Amici workbook ISBN 978-0-19-9124275
Topics covered include hobbies, holidays and health, plus many more.
Teachers provide regular written feedback on progress and more detailed feedback once every half term on achievement in relation to end of Key Stage target. Students are informed about what they need to do to move on in their learning and are expected to respond to marking.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus. Students pursuing GCSE are taught in one mixed ability class. There are five lessons per fortnightly cycle in Year 10 and four in Year 11. The GCSE courses start in Year 9 and continue through years 10 and 11, culminating in exams at the end of Year 11.
The course book for Italian GCSE is given below:
Amici ISBN 978-019912424-4
Amici workbook ISBN 978-0-19-9124275
Amici revision guide ISBN 978-0-19-913515-8
The syllabus comprises deeper study of topics covered at Key Stage 3 along with new topics including customs and traditions, Italian film and global citizenship.
Students receive regular oral and written feedback on their progress against their target grades and are given opportunities to undertake self and peer assessment.
The range of options for study of Italian in the sixth form is especially distinctive as students may opt for Italian A level, Italian ab initio or a beginners course examined by the WJEC. Courses cover culture and history of Italy, literature, political and social issues and current affairs. Fuller information concerning advanced study of Italian is given in the sixth form section of our website.
The Italian department runs support clinics for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students during lunchtimes. We also offer specific sixth form clinics on the timetable, which sixth formers can attend as and when a need arises.
We support our sixth formers in preparation for their speaking exams through the help of native speaker parent volunteers. Each sixth former is given a slot on their timetable above the standard language lesson provision.
We also have a fantastic cinema room for sixth formers to watch a range of Italian language films, an enjoyable way of enhancing proficiency in Italian.
Overseas visits programme
Our overseas visits programme has been designed to complement the school curriculum, enabling students of Italian to participate in an exchange visit to Italy in either year 9 or year 10 and the country of their other language studied in whichever alternative year is applicable. We have links with an Italian schools close to Milan. The visits programme enhances the language learning process enormously and we encourage as many students as possible to grasp these opportunities.