Italian Immersion

The Italian Immersion Program Norwood Morialta High School highlights our School’s strong commitment to internationalism by recognizing the importance of language learning in developing global citizens. The Italian Immersion Program successfully supports students to develop both high levels of language proficiency and intercultural understanding and their conceptual development in the Humanities.

In 2022 the Immersion Program will begin with Year 7 students and continue into Year 8 and 9.  Therefore, there will be an intake for year 7 students and year 8 students.

Features of the Immersion Italian Program:

In the Immersion Program students study an Italian course as well as learning Humanities through Italian as an integrated program in years 7, 8 and 9. The Humanities Program offers students a unique and explicit approach to exploring concepts and content in the Humanities program. During their Italian language classes they learn new vocabulary and grammar that will facilitate their understanding of the Humanities course.

Student Commitment

Prospective students must be motivated with a desire to excel and be challenged.  The students need to be able to work and respond well in challenging learning environments, enjoy taking risks, have strong problem-solving skills and be open to new ideas.  It is also essential that prospective students have strong literacy skills.

It is not a prerequisite that students have studied Italian at primary school or are of Italian background.

Students are expected to commit to  at least the end of Year 9 and it is anticipated that these students will then complete SACE Stage 1 Italian in year 10 and Stage 2 Italian in year 11.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

The Immersion Program seeks to challenge students through an integrated Language and Humanities program, promoting communication, collaboration and connections with local and global communities. As part of the authentic teaching and learning experience, students from this program will also have the opportunity to visit our sister-city school in Italy.

Immersion programs are common overseas and are also offered in other states of Australia.
They enable students to learn the language, in this case Italian, through content, as happens in real life.  It leads to a more engaging and relevant process of language acquisition for motivated students. The Italian Immersion Program is aligned to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum requirements.

Students selected for this program are placed together in the same Italian and Humanities classes. The students will study 4 lessons of Italian and 4 lessons of Humanities a week, as is the case with all the year 7, 8 and year 9 students at NMHS.

Benefits for Students

This model is based on a strong educational foundation and substantial research in the area of Immersion Education in Languages. Research has shown that students:

  • achieve relatively high levels of second language proficiency
  • improve their literacy skills in both Italian and in English.
  • develop a range of learning and thinking skills, including divergent thinking and problem-solving-skills
  • attain high levels of functional proficiency in the immersion language while at the same time achieving academically
  • develop deeper intercultural understandings.

Further, students develop confidence and the capacity to collaborate successfully in the language.

Applications for 2022 have now closed. You may direct enquiries to 

Contact Information

Helen Tooulou or Jacqui van Ruiten
T  8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)