Mandama Primary School provides a dynamic Italian program to our years Prep to 2. Italian is a relatively easy language to learn because of its similarity to English. Both English and Italian are derived from Latin so they share a similar sentence structure. Italian is written in Roman script as is English, but the Italian alphabet only has twenty-one letters.
Students are exposed to bilingual stories about Pinocchio. They repeat and practise exclamations, saying them out loud to become familiar with the sound of the Italian language. Students participate in reading as a group, role plays using puppets, singing songs including actions and reciting rhymes. They respond to texts through drawing, tracing and copying words. The texts are short with clear structure, illustrations and repetitive language. Students join in a range of activities, including games, where they use the Italian language learnt.