Italian at Mandama:
Mandama Primary School provides a dynamic Italian program to all year levels. 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.
Alternating with Art on a Semester basis, students from Foundation to Year 6 participate in weekly Italian lessons. Students will participate in a mixture of activities such as speaking, listening, reading, roleplays, writing, games, and ICT. This ensures students are immersed in the Italian language and culture for a wide ranging and diverse perspective.
In Foundation, students are introduced to basic greetings, colours, numbers, days of the week, emotions and weather. Mainly focusing on repetition, and sounds, students are able to develop their understanding for the topics covered by the use of kinesthetic, visual and auditory activities. Students begin to explore the similarities and differences in the Italian and English language and how they borrow words from each other.
In Grade's 1/2, students begin to develop simple sentences which allows them to read independently. Some of the topics covered include, likes and dislikes, objects, fruit and vegetables, the body and Italian sights and daily life. Students also explore the basics of masculine and feminine words.
In Grade's 3/4, students develop more elaborate sentences describing themselves and others using subject pronouns. They also ask and respond to questions selecting from familiar words. Some of the topics covered include, emotions, likes and dislikes, hobbies and general knowledge on Italy such as daily life, school and sights.
In Grade's 5/6, students begin to use the Italian language to describe and give information. They read independently, perform role-plays, write short descriptions based on themselves or others, and express opinions. Some of the topics covered include, Italian history, cultural differences, spoken dialects and general conversational elements such as likes, dislikes and hobbies.
Students are able to celebrate their learning at, ‘Italian Day’, and participate in a fun filled day of Italian activities.