All Year 8 Students at Engadine High School complete the mandatory 100 hours study of one language in Italian. Students are encouraged to communicate by talking about themselves, their friends, family and school whilst learning about aspects of Italian culture and traditions. Elective Italian courses focus on developing students’ linguistic capabilities on a range of interesting and relevant topics, such as making plans, friends and family, sports, holidays, and the future. Through the study of a foreign language students increase their literacy in the first language, and increase their cognitive development. With many links to English, Italian is a fun and relatively easy language to learn.
Students have the opportunity to continue their study of Italian in Years 9 and 10, and then progress to the HSC Italian Continuers course in Years 11 and 12. If they did not elect to study Italian in Years 9 and 10, they still may pick up Italian in Years 11 and 12 via the HSC Italian Beginners course.
Innovative and interactive language learning using a variety of ICT resources
Various opportunities to experience authentic Italian cuisine via Gelato Day and excursions to Italian restaurants
Confidence building via role playing and achievable outcomes
Possibility for overseas study trip in Years 10 and 11 to Italy
Opportunities to participate in statewide film making competitions, such as the MLTA Linguafest
Overseas student exchange programs for short and long term stays for ages 14 to 18 years