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Italian

Course overview

Stage 5

Year 9-10 Italian (200 hr course) and Year 10 Italian (100 hr course)

In keeping with latest methodologies in modern teaching practices, the Year 9 and 10 courses have been developed to assist students achieve the Syllabus aims and course Outcomes using innovative programs delivered in the e-learning class. The courses are structured to meet the needs of every student in a blended learning environment. Each student will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of diverse activities and interactive tasks. These self-directed learning practices are aimed at fostering an environment in which students can work at a pace best suited to individual learning needs in developing their language skills. The self-correcting grammar exercises are designed to enhance the acquisition of language structures by providing ample practice and on-going self-evaluation. The exercises in Moodle and in Canvas, allow students to measure both success and target areas of weakness. They further assist the teacher in identifying and promptly addressing targeted areas of weakness in a one-on-one exchange.

Incorporated into the program is an oral component. Students will have a regular weekly phone lesson with their teacher to practise their spoken Italian. This is a valuable opportunity for them to seek further assistance and support from their teacher. The written component in their course work will be submitted for correction upon completion of each unit of work. Each course will comprise a formal assessment to be held in Term 4.

For Year 9 students, all the learning materials are available in the e-learning class. It is not necessary to purchase additional resources. There are 18 modules to complete, ranging in topics from hobbies and interests, celebrations, food, school, let’s party etc. The course programs provide an excellent environment for the learner to gain proficiency and confidence through a flexible approach and a variety of innovative activities.

The Year 10 course is based on the textbook Parliamo italiano insieme. The topics range from health, daily routine, well-being, holidays, free time, etc.

The Year 10 Italian 100 hour course is designed for students who have not previously studied Italian. Students who have completed the 100 hour course are eligible for enrolment in the Stage 6 Italian Beginners course.

Stage 6

Italian Beginners

The online Italian Beginners course has been created for students who have been deemed eligible for enrolment (must have no prior knowledge or have completed only 100 hours study in the target language). The course is accessed on the NSW School of Languages e-learning site.

The on-line Italian Beginners course has been created to meet the syllabus objectives and course outcomes. This course was developed incorporating best practice teaching methodology providing students with a variety of innovative and interactive exercises in a blended learning environment. Students are able to access all programmed activities on the e-learning site. They will also find links to other sites for maximum exposure to the target language and aspects of cultural interest and importance. The language exercises in Moodle will enable students to gain proficiency through graded, self-correcting exercises and instant feedback.

Incorporated into the program is also an oral component in which students engage with their teachers on a weekly basis to practise their spoken Italian. This further provides the students with the opportunity to seek assistance and support, and to have an informal exchange with their teacher. Ample practice is provided for students to develop their comprehension and writing skills through a number of diverse tasks which they will be required to submit for correction upon completion of each unit of work.

The Italian Beginners program provides an excellent environment for the learner to gain proficiency and confidence through a flexible approach and a variety of innovative activities.

The Preliminary course program comprises:

  • the course booklet
  • the course worksheets
  • on-line grammar exercises
  • audio files/video clips
  • associated links (e.g. on-line dictionary, BBC course etc.)

Students are encouraged to purchase a monolingual and/or bilingual dictionary for personal reference and for use in assessment tasks.

Note: students living in the Sydney metropolitan area are advised to attend the periodic face-to-face lessons held at NSW School of Languages.

This course comprises a mixed mode of delivery: part of the course exercises are on-line through the Moodle website, while others are paper based. Phone lessons are organised to ensure the oral component of the course is delivered interactively on a weekly basis.

Italian Continuers

The online Italian Continuers course has been created to meet the syllabus objectives and course outcomes. The course is accessed on the NSW School of Languages e-learning site.

The Year 11 Italian course is based on the textbook Parliamo italiano insieme. In teaching the prescribed topics and subtopics, the online course provides a flexible structure giving students the capacity to manage their own learning using a more innovative approach to the study of language. Students are able to access all programmed activities on the e-learning site. There are also links to other sites for maximum exposure to the target language and to provide an appreciation of the social and cultural context in which it is used. The language exercises in Moodle will enable students to gain proficiency through graded, self-correcting exercises and instant feedback. Ample practice is provided for students to develop their comprehension and writing skills through a number of diverse tasks which they are required to submit for correction upon completion of each unit of work.

The blended learning environment is designed to stimulate learning, providing a variety of activities and interactive exercises. Incorporated into the program is also an oral component in which students will engage with their teachers on a weekly basis to practise their spoken Italian. This further provides the students with the opportunity to seek assistance and support, and to have an informal exchange with their teacher.

The Year 12 Continuers program comprises of:

  • the course booklet
  • the course worksheets
  • on-line grammar exercises
  • interactive activities
  • audio files/video clips
  • associated links (e.g. on-line dictionary, BBC course etc.)

Students are encouraged to purchase a monolingual and/or bilingual dictionary for personal reference and for use in assessment tasks.

Note: Students living in the Sydney metropolitan area are advised to attend the periodic face-to-face lessons held at NSW School of Languages.

This course offers students the option to enrol in the extension course.

Italian Extension

The Italian Extension course is offered to students who have completed or are con-currently studying the Italian Continuers course.

As all other courses in Italian, the Extension course is offered to our students in a dynamic online format. Students will have access to all course work and on-line activities aimed at exploiting and extending their knowledge of the Italian language. The course actively engages students in developing higher order skills of critical analysis (of prescribed text) and the production of in-depth, authentic written and spoken texts.

The students will have the option of submitting requisite weekly tasks on-line or through their home school supervisor. As with all e-learning courses there is a mandatory oral component. This consists of a monologue which students must prepare and deliver demonstrating their proficiency in presenting and sustaining a point of view. Students have the option to do their monologue on the phone with their teacher or to send it to him/her as an mp3 file attachment.

The Extension course consists of:

  • the prescribed film
  • the film study guide and film script
  • course worksheets (20 units)
  • additional and multi-media resources
  • language activities
  • audio files/video clips
  • associated links.

Students are encouraged to purchase a monolingual and/or bilingual dictionary for personal reference and for use in assessment tasks.

(For information regarding assessment policies and timetable please refer to the school website).

Note: Students living in the Sydney metropolitan area are advised to attend the periodic face-to-face lessons held at NSW School of Languages.

Dictionaries

All students should have a comprehensive language dictionary. Please consult the Italian faculty for advice regarding dictionaries.

Syllabuses (From NESA)

Go to the NESA syllabus downloads page for information on the syllabus.