After Early Years, the teaching of Italian is provided in two distinct courses. For students who are learning Italian as a foreign language, language skills are developed to enable children to speak, read and write with increasing fluency, enabling our students to enjoy and better understand the host country.
The Italian Mother Tongue Programme begins in the first elementary class and follows the Italian Language strand of the ministerial programme (speaking, reading and writing) but at the same time provides Italian Mother Tongue students with an opportunity to develop a global perspective by making connections with the Units of Inquiry.
At the end of Grade 5 some parents of students in the Mother Tongue Italian Programme choose for their child to sit the Italian Ministerial Exams. While the school offers support in enrolling students for the exam, it is the student and parents’ responsibility to make sure they are adequately prepared to sit the exam.