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Italian

 

subject overview

Teaching and learning in Spanish and Italian focuses on language acquisition through developing a range of language learning strategies. The emphasis is on encouraging learners to learn, practise and apply key language and structures for a range of tasks and contexts. Languages is traditionally split into four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and work centres on developing mastery in each skill area. Lesson activities are varied and may include exploiting a literary text for comprehension, extracting key details from listening texts, engaging in role-play or practising translation. Throughout their learning learners are strongly encouraged to make links with other languages that they know and to share this information with the class. All languages are celebrated and valued within the culture of Language Learning at Harrow High SchoolAccordion Title

unit overview - autumn term 

Subject: Italian

Skills

Take part in a debate

Making connections between languages

How to manipulate word order in questions

Listen for detail/gist

Adapt language for different contexts

Develop accurate spelling, pronunciation and intonation

Recognising grammatical patterns in Italian

Knowledge

Theme: Che tipo è?                                          Key Language, vocabulary and                                                                                               Grammar

Carattere e rapporti                                     Adjectives in -a

Conflitti familiari                                            conoscere/sapere/potere

Matrimonio e figli                                          How to express personal opinion

Grammatica – il perfetto e il futuro         Key infinitives/perfect tense/

Speaking – General conversation            Future tense

Rationale

In this first unit in Year 2  , Learners will gain further practise in the Higher level GCSE skill of using a wide range of tenses appropriately and accurately.

Learners will demonstrate use of critical thinking to decide on which tense to use.

They will practise decision-making skills on how to translate using the translation strategies used in this and previous units. They will understand that translation skills need to be specifically studied, as translation requires learners to differentiate between literal translation and adaptation.

In this unit, Learners will also be expected to self-assess their written work through proofreading in order to be able to critically judge and improve their own essay in an exam situation.

Time management will be practised as well as specific word counts, both of which are important to success at GCSE.

They are expected to acquire knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across the topics and across the skills in order to understand the importance and relevance of transferring skills and knowledge.

unit overview - spring term 1

Subject: Italian

Skills

Transferring language

Approaching language in reading texts

Learning vocabulary

Listening for different tenses

Adapt language for different contexts

Develop accurate spelling, pronunciation and intonation

Recognising grammatical patterns in Italian

Knowledge

Theme: Il nostro ambiente                           Key Language, vocabulary and                                                                                                Grammar

Tipi di inquinamento                                   Conditional tense              

Il riciclaggio                                                   Imperative commands           

Problemi ambientali della zona               Pluperfect tense

Grammatica – il passivo                           Relative pronoun quello che          

Reading units – l’ambiente                       The passive

                                                                         Descriptions and opinion about the                                                                               environment

Rationale

This unit reminds Learners of the vital GCSE skill of transferring language across contexts and themes. Learners will demonstrate how to recall and use previous knowledge to facilitate this unit. This is also an opportunity to revisit mind maps and highly frequent language in order to create meaningful revision notes.

In this unit, learners will be taught to use appropriate structures pertaining to formal and informal contexts in order to request and provide information about the environmental issues relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries /communities where Italian is spoken. As detailed in the exam specification, this will give them the opportunity to use the Conditional and Imperative tenses as well as negative structures that are key to reach levels 7-9.

They are expected to acquire knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across the topics and across the skills in order to understand the importance and relevance of transferring skills and knowledge.

unit overview - spring term 2 

Subject: Italian

Skills

Extracting relevant information from a range of listening texts

Using reading strategies to access authentic material and literary texts

Learning question words

Inference and deduction of appropriate responses

Extending sentences

Giving opinions in different ways to extend writing

Knowledge

Theme:      l’istruzione in Italia              Key Language, vocabulary and                                                                                       Grammar

Speaking Booklet introduction             Subjunctive expression

La formazione permanenteIl                Sistema scolastico

Il Sistema d’istruzione                            Relative pronouns chi / quelli che

L’importanza degli esami                     The past definite tense

Luigi Malerba                                            Interrogative words

‘Il ragno e lo scorpione’                          Il Bullismo / Mobbing

Authentic text 13                                                                   

Rationale

This GCSE unit  represents an opportunity to revisit strategies for learning vocabulary and structures from previous units.

 Learners will need to fully  understand the requirements of the GCSE exam and that each skill is examined separately and carries equal weighting for their final assessment grade.

Learners will further develop independent study skills through accessing This Is Language at home.

In this unit, learners are expected to understand, request and provide information about the sub topics specified above relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries /communities where Italian is spoken.

They are expected to acquire knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across the topics and across the skills in order to understand the importance and relevance of transferring skills and knowledge.

unit overview - summer term 1

Subject: Italian

Skills

Extending sentences with sequences (poi, dopo, quando, etc…)

Including a variety of opinion and viewpoints

Checking accents and spelling

Learning sentences/phrases meaning the same

Dealing with unpredictable questions

Joining ideas with a variety of connectives

Knowledge

Theme:   Problemi Sociali                 Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

 La dipendenza                                    Smoking and drugs specific vocabulary

Le stragi del sabato sera                  The past definite vs imperfect tense 

Aiutiamo gli altri                                  Higher level opinions

Niccolò Ammaniti                               Debate phrases

‘Io non ho paura’                                 Razzismo

Authentic text 14                         

Rationale

This unit enables learners to practise the important skill of sequencing their responses into a logical coherent structure and to extend sentences as overtly practised in the previous unit. This is to ensure learners are getting into the habit of systematically expanding their responses to reach the highest marks on their Speaking and Writing assessments.

This unit is designed around themes that learners can easily relate to and engage with, allowing for Learners to draw on familiar contexts as a starting base.

Learners are expected to create content providing detailed information about the sub topics specified above and relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries /communities where Italian is spoken.

The introduction of Debate phrases will help them to express knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across any topics.

They are expected to acquire knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across the topics and across the skills in order to understand the importance and relevance of transferring skills and knowledge.

unit overview - summer 2 

Subject: Italian

Skills

Revising and reusing basic vocabulary in a different context

Conjugation of verbs in future tense

Giving a range of opinions + justify them convincingly

Agreeing/disagreeing with exam stimuli

Constructing a useful phrases list for revision

Using questions to form answers

Knowledge

Theme:   Come vedi il futuro?              Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

La seconda riunione                               Arranging a meeting                         

I nostril sogni                                            Informal/ Formal tone

Amici per sempre                                   The imperfect subjunctive

                                                                    Future tense & irregulars

                                                                    Using 3 tenses together

                                                                    Pronomi relativi

Rationale

This unit covers a lot of prior learning and exam preparation tasks. Activities will be used to encourage learners to reuse key phrases from prior learning in their interactions with each other and with the Teacher in order to develop accurate pronunciation, intonation and to work actively on expanding their answers as this is a key part of the GCSE.

There is an opportunity to engage Learners further through the use of songs, tongue twisters and phonetics in order to develop fluency as well as transcribe texts.

In order to be familiar with a variety of accents and idioms, learners will be exposed to Italian from different regions and be expected to transfer the skills they have learnt above to extract key meaning and confidently translate new words.

They are also expected to use increasingly accurate sentences in two tenses in order to fully prepare for the Speaking and Writing assessments for their GCSE exam thereby building on the key grammar points learnt in years 9.and 10.

They are expected to acquire knowledge as specified in the specification for this unit and to apply it progressively throughout the course across the topics and across the skills in order to understand the importance and relevance of transferring skills and knowledge.

knowledge Organiser

A knowledge organiser is an important document that lists the important facts that learners should know by the end of a unit of work. It is important that learners can recall these facts easily, so that when they are answering challenging questions in their assessments and GCSE and A-Level exams, they are not wasting precious time in exams focusing on remembering simple facts, but making complex arguments, and calculations.

We encourage all pupils to use them by doing the following:

  • Quiz themselves at home, using the read, write, cover, check method.
  • Practise spelling key vocabulary
  • Further researching people, events and processes most relevant to the unit.