Languages

The Australian Curriculum highlights the importance of learning languages. Reservoir High School offers Italian from Years 7-12. All students will study Italian in Years 7 and 8.
Students will be focusing on developing vocabulary knowledge and sentence structure in order to be able to use the language in a variety of contexts and formats, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening.

They develop communication skills through a series of classroom activities using the language.
The areas of study are based on current topics, short reading texts, poems, scenarios, films, comprehension exercises, songs and a variety of research assignments to enhance intercultural knowledge and cross-curriculum awareness.

The language classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and computers for every student. Students are encouraged to use a variety of IT including multimedia and interactive online programs.

Writing
  • Work book exercises
  • Homework tasks to extend vocabulary acquisition
  • Short descriptive writing pieces based on the topics studied
  • Dialogues and gap fill exercises
  • Word/phrase matching activities
  • Basic grammatical structures
  • Writing for different audiences
Reading
  • Identifying familiar vocabulary
  • Practising sound combinations
  • Communicating content
  • Reading to inform
  • Reading for understanding
  • Developing fluency and confidence
  • Exposure to a variety of printed texts
Listening and Speaking
  • Listening for understanding
  • Aural competencies
  • Identifying sound combinations
  • Role- play activities
  • Language to describe places, people and events
  • Formal oral presentations using IT
  • Using language for everyday conversation
Intercultural Knowledge
  • Study of Italian culture both in Italy and in Australia
  • Migration and its impact on societies
  • Cultural enrichment activities such as poetry competitions, excursions
  • Community events such as Italian/international days.
Assessment Tasks
  • Written vocabulary and spelling tests, dictation, listening and comprehension tasks, class presentations, oral presentations, cultural research
  • Excursions
  • Museo Italiano Carlton
  • Lygon St Restaurant