Our Y11 pupils can choose to study Italian as their second modern foreign language and they can pursue their Italian studies at GCSE level and even AS / A2 level.
Our learners enjoy being taught in a small group by a native speaker, focussing on developing the four main skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening, whilst developing a sound understanding of Italian grammar. Cultural aspects of Italy are regularly presented to students and there are opportunities to consolidate their knowledge thanks to outings as well as occasional trips abroad.
Prep School Curriculum
Greetings and personal details, classroom instructions, the alphabet, numbers and dates, family members, describing people and animals, school and school subjects, daily routine, types of houses and rooms, sports and activities, likes and dislikes.
Senior School Curriculum
Travel and tourism, home town and the local area, ordering in cafes and restaurants, shopping for food and clothes, leisure activities and holidays, education, work and employment, house, home and daily routine, media, culture and the environment, relationships, health and fitness.
Youth culture and concerns, lifestyle: health and fitness, the world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Italian-speaking world, education and employment, customs, traditions, beliefs and religions, national and international events: past, present and future, literature and the arts.
Up to GCSE level, the grammar practised in class will be presented progressively to pupils and specific grammar points or tenses will be consolidated each year. The broad grammar points are the following : Articles/ nouns and pronouns / agreements of nouns and adjectives / asking questions / main tenses: the present, future, past and conditional of regular and irregular verbs/ prepositions
A level studies will include much more complex grammar points such as studying the subjunctive, the imperative and the passive voice.
TOPICS: Greetings; introductions; asking people’s names; telling one’s age and birthday; days of the week and months; family and description; animals and description; colours; school: classroom objects and description; school subjects and description; school timetable; family: members, their physical description and character; hobbies: favourite hobbies, likes and dislikes; house: types of rooms, description of bedroom.
GRAMMAR: alphabet; definite and indefinite articles; masculine and feminine, agreement of adjectives and nouns; verbs to be and to have; present tense of regular verbs and some irregular verbs; numbers 1 to 100; prepositions on their own and in conjunction with articles
Y13; Y14; Y15
TOPICS: Greetings; introductions; telling one’s age and birthday; days of the week and months; family and description; countries and nationalities; hobbies and sports; house, home, daily routine; home town and area; school; travelling by public transport; holidays; accommodation; tourist attractions; travelling by car; festivities; health and diet; jobs and work; shopping; relationships; environmental issues; social problems: smoking, drugs and bullying
GRAMMAR: articles; agreement of nouns and adjectives; present tense of regular and irregular verbs; prepositions; combination of preposition and articles; direct and indirect pronouns; demonstrative adjectives; possessives; present progressive: reflexive verbs; adverbs of time; perfect tense; imperfect tense; use of direct pronouns with the perfect tense; pluperfect tense; conditional mood; some forms of the present subjunctive
L6 and U6
TOPICS: Family and family issues; divorce; cohabitation; young people and relationships; drugs; drink; smoking; technology: mobiles phones, internet, videogames; TV; art, music, sport and exercise; food and drinks; the Mediterranean diet; travel, tourism and transport; environmental issues: pollution, recycling; climate changes; education and related issues; the world of work: job opportunities, employment and the changing work scene; immigration: integration and racism; euthanasia; adoption; death penalty; the political background of Italy; Italian society from the 60’s to today; mafia; the European Union; globalisation; world poverty; religions and religious symbols;
Literature:Io non ho paura.
GRAMMAR: the grammar studied in the previous years; plus: impersonal verbs; past historic; all tenses of the subjunctive mood: present, past, imperfect and pluperfect; hypothetical clauses after se; indefinite moods; imperative mood; perfect infinitive; all forms of indirect speech; the passive voice; conditional perfect;