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What interests should I have if I want to take this course?

  • I enjoy communicating in the foreign language
  • I am open minded and keen to experience the life and culture of other countries, for example through reading foreign literature, watching foreign films and travelling.
  • I am sociable and enjoy meeting people of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • I take a keen interest in the world around me, in particular current events and global issues which affect young people in society.
  • I am interested in language and in how language works so that I can use it creatively and independently to express myself.
  • I want to develop independent study skills so that I will have the necessary attributes to be  a successful student at university.
  • I ENJOY Italian.

What will I learn about?

The first year of the course will focus on how Italian- speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change. You will develop your language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through the study of a range of contemporary topics such as the evolution of the Italian family, education and student issues in Italy, the changing world of work in the Italian-speaking world, music, media and culture. You will also study an Italian film. 

In the second year of the course further aspects of the social background of Italian-speaking countries are covered as well as studying aspects of the political landscape. You will study the topics of immigration in Italy, the North/South divide, Mussolini and the rise of Fascism, Fascism during the Second World War and the transition from dictatorship to democracy. You will also continue to study an Italian film as well as a literary text in Italian. Activities will include listening to a range of spoken texts and reading a wide variety of texts, in-depth study of grammar with translation to and from Italian and pair and class discussion. You will also write critical and analytical essays on the film and the text that you have studied as well as preparing an individual research project for the final oral exam.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the first year of the course there will be several assessments and the Mock exam in May will consist of three papers testing listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Your final exams at the end of Year 13 will consist of three units.

Paper One will assess listening, reading and writing. For the listening component you will have individual control of the recording. The reading section will comprise of texts written for different purposes with comprehension questions that will target main points, gist and detail. You will also have to translate a passage into English.

Paper Two will assess your writing skills and you will be expected to write two critical, analytical essays on the text and the film that you have studied as well as translate a passage into Italian.
Paper Three will assess speaking. There will be a discussion of a theme that you have studied with the discussion based on a stimulus containing two different statements. You will also present and discuss your individual research project.

What minimum qualifications will I need to start the course?

GCSE Grade 5 in Italian.

What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including whole- class teaching, group and pair work activities and small group/individual presentations. Your teacher will be using the target language for most of the lesson. You will be expected to do the same. This year, Year 12 and Year 13 students have been given the opportunity to participate in an exchange with our partner school in Italy. Whist in Italy they will attend lessons, visit areas of local interest and practise the language and skills they have acquired.

What can I do when I complete my qualifications?

You can take a traditional language degree at university or a combined course with any one of a range of subjects including Business or Law. Often such courses include a year spent studying overseas. Competence in Italian is a real asset in the workplace. As well as export links, many British firms have partnerships with Italian companies.

How can I find out more information?

If you have any further questions please contact Ms  McKenna or Mr Martin in the Modern Foreign Languages Department.