Programs & Facilities - Specialist Italian Language

Ciao a tutti, mi chiamo Signor Sabattini e sono l’insegnante d’Italiano alla scuola primaria di Edney. Benvenuti alla nostra pagina.
 
Hello to all, my name is Mr Sabattini and I am the Italian teacher at Edney Primary School. 
 
Perchè imparare una lingua?
Why learn a language?
In a culturally and linguistically diverse world, intercultural understanding through language learning is essential for our students to effectively participate in the workforce and society. Foreign language study creates more positive attitudes and less prejudice toward people who are different. You also become smarter. Studies have shown that students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardised tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, and vocabulary. Experiments with older bilingual speakers indicate that the enhanced mental skills may protect them from problems associated with aging, such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.Recognising this, all Western Australian universities now allocate bonus points to students who successfully study LOTE subjects in Year 12.
 
Perchè L’Italiano?
Why Italian?
Italian is an accessible language for children to learn as it is phonetically based. Italian is spoken and written as it is spelled. This greatly assists students, as they can simply sound out the words to develop proficiency in the spoken language. In Western Australia, Italian is the second most commonly used language other than English.
Many high schools in the area (e.g. Kalamunda SHS, Lesmurdie SHS, Governor Stirling SHS, Mazenod College, St Brigid’s College, La Salle College) offer Italian within their curriculum.
 
Nell’Aula d’Italiano
In the Italian Room
 
At Edney PS all students from Year 1 to Year 7 study Italian. In line with the Western Australia School Curriculum and Standards Authority, the Learning Area of Languages is organised around three strands, which reflect the nature of learning languages and cultures; they are as follows:
 
  • Communication (Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing);
  • Understanding Language; and
  • Understanding Culture.
Lessons in Italian are based on various themes that are covered throughout the year. Students look at a specific theme for a given number of weeks, learning the Italian language while also gaining an understanding and appreciation of the Italian culture.
 
This year we will be covering a range of themes across the year levels, including:
I Saluti (The Greetings)
I Colori (The Colours)
I Numeri (The Numbers)
Il Tempo (The Weather)
Le Stagioni (The Seasons)
Il Calendario (The Calendar)
La Pasqua (Easter)
Gli Animali (The Animals)
L’Italia (Italy)
Lo Sport (The Sport)
Il Cibo (The Food)
Il Mondo (The World)
La Famiglia (The Family)
Made In Italy
Gli Italiani Famosi (Famous Italians)
Il Natale (Christmas)
 
Students learn the Italian language and culture by engaging in an assortment of individual and group activities. This year some of these activities will include:
 
Games
Italian Songs
Dramatic role-plays
Historical re-enactments
Sports activities
Language puzzles
Reading comprehensions
Listening comprehensions
Written tasks
Arts & crafts
Cooking
ICT activities
Research assignments
Italian Assembly in Term 4
 
Nella Scuola
Around the School
Italian has many words in common with English (e.g. computer, stop, pasta, zucchini. etc.) and many more words that share a common root but a slightly different spelling (e.g. dentista, studente, artista, musica, libreria, dottore, segretario, educazione, matematica, rispetto, eccellenza, etc.) From early 2017 many signs currently adorning the school will be displaying their Italian equivalent to strengthen and support the classroom environment and provide the school community with a basic introduction to a wonderful language.
 
Grazie per l’attenzione.
Thank you for your attention.
 
Paolo Sabattini