striving for excellence, aiming for personal best.
understanding, celebrating and respecting cultural and linguistic differences.
consideration for the rights and beliefs of others and valuing oneself.
Accelerated Italian Program
Features of the Accelerated Italian Program
This is an accelerated program in which students study an Italian course as well as learning Humanities through Italian as an integrated program in years 8 and 9. During their Italian language classes they learn new vocabulary and grammar that will facilitate their understanding of the Humanities course. It is anticipated that these students will then study SACE Stage 1 (year 11) level Italian in year 10.
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 the full three year program
Curriculum and Pedagogy
This program encourages students to gain competence in an additional language with the long-term goal of multilingualism. It enable students to develop lifelong learning skills and encourages students to develop an awareness and understanding of the perspectives of people from other cultures.
The Accelerated Italian Program aims to develop a respect for, and understanding of, other languages and cultures, and is equally designed to equip the student with a skills base to facilitate further language learning.
The objectives of MYP language acquisition encompass the factual, conceptual, procedural and metacognitive dimensions of knowledge. The student’s knowledge and understanding will be developed through:
- learning language
- learning through language
- learning about language (Halliday 1985).
This, in turn, helps students learn how to learn. The cognitive, linguistic and sociocultural aspects of communication are intertwined in each of the four objectives. The student is expected to develop the competencies to communicate appropriately, accurately and effectively in an increasing range of social, cultural and academic contexts, and for an increasing variety of purposes.
Students will develop the macro-skills of language: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and interpreting. These skills are very much interactive and interrelated.
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.
- Develop a range of learning and thinking skills, including divergent thinking and problem solving skills.
- High levels of functional proficiency in the immersion language while at the same time achieving academically.
- Develop deeper intercultural understandings.
Immersion programs are commonplace overseas and also exist 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.
Helen Toolou or Karen Andrews
T 8365 0455 (Middle Campus) or 8364 2299 (Senior Campus)