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Italian

Course overview

View or print an Italian language brochure (PDF 11.3 MB)

Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10)

In keeping with latest methodologies in modern teaching practices, the Year 9 and 10 courses have been developed to assist students to 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 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/video 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 ongoing formal assessments. Note: students living in the Sydney metropolitan area are encouraged to attend the periodic face-to-face lessons held at NSW School of Languages (NSL) in Petersham.

Italian 200-hour course (2-year course delivered over Years 9 & 10)

For Year 9 students, all the learning materials are available in the e-learning class in Canvas. It is not necessary to purchase additional resources. The course contains a variety of interactive learning activities which cater for all levels of knowledge. There are 32 modules to complete, ranging in topics such as hobbies and interests, celebrations, food, school. 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.

For Year 10 students, the learning materials are also in Canvas. The course contains 32 modules. The topics range from holidays, free time, apps, traditional recipes to talking about films, etcetera.

Italian 100-hour course (1 year course for Year 10 students) 

The Year 10 Italian 100-hour course is designed for students who have not previously studied Italian. Students who complete the 100-hour course, remain eligible for the Stage 6 Beginners course, dependant on meeting other criteria. This course is excellent preparation for the Stage 6 Beginners course.

 

Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12)

Italian Beginners

The Stage 6 Italian Beginners course is a course developed by NSL for students with very little or no prior study of the language.

The online 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 can access all programmed activities on the e-learning site. They will also find links to other sites for maximum exposure to Italian and aspects of cultural interest and importance. The language exercises 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 and all the learning materials are available in the e-learning class in Canvas.

The Year 11 and Year 12 courses comprise of:

  • online grammar exercises

  • audio files/video clips

  • associated links (for example: online dictionary, BBC course etcetera.)

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 encouraged to attend the periodic face-to-face lessons held at NSL and are expected to attend NSL to complete their final assessment.Italian Continuers

Italian Continuers

The online Italian Continuers course has been created to meet the syllabus objectives and course outcomes.

In teaching the prescribed topics and subtopics, the online Italian Continuers 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 can access all programmed activities on the e-learning site. There are also links to other sites for maximum exposure to Italian and to provide an appreciation of the social and cultural context in which it is used. The language exercises will enable students to gain proficiency through graded, self-correcting exercises and immediate feedback. Ample practice is provided for students to develop their comprehension and writing skills through a variety 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 11 and Year 12 Continuers courses comprises of:

  • online grammar exercises
  • interactive activities
  • audio files/video clips
  • associated links (for example: online dictionary, BBC course etcetera.)

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 encouraged to attend the periodic face-to-face lessons held at NSL and are expected to attend NSL to complete their final assessment.

This course offers students the option to enrol in the Italian Extension course.

Italian Extension

Our brand-new Italian course is designed to explore the film Il Campione. Students will engage in diverse activities, including interactive Canvas exercises, class discussions, in-depth writing tasks, and personalised online speaking lessons, all aimed at exploring contemporary issues and preparing students for HSC assessments. Through this course, students will not only deepen their enjoyment of language learning but also gain valuable insights into Italian-speaking communities.

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.

 

Course materials

All learning materials are provided by NSL via Canvas.

Textbooks

All learning materials are provided by NSL via Canvas.

Dictionaries

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

 

Syllabuses (from NESA)

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