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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 School

unit overview - autumn term 1

Skills

Communicating in the target language

Grammar – how and when to include ‘il superlativo’

Listen for detail/gist

Debate language

Adapt language for different contexts

Develop accurate spelling ,pronunciation and intonation

Initiate and develop conversations

Recognising grammatical patterns in Italian

Making connections between languages

How to use exclamations

Knowledge

Theme:      Le feste                 Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

Speaking Booklet introduction

Le feste

I sacramenti religiosi

Pasqua

Feste nazionali e regionali

Gianni Rodari.

‘La strada di cioccolato’

Authentic text 3                                                                    

Rationale

This unit offers Learners the opportunity to deepen their cultural awareness of national festivals and public holidays celebrated in Italy.

They will also be able to draw on their own experiences to offer examples of festivals that are important to them.

Learners will use prior knowledge of giving opinions and justifying viewpoints in order to debate differences and similarities between different celebrations in Italy and England.

Learners will compare, contrast and draw conclusions from their viewpoints and those expressed by others. This is a vital Higher level communication  skill which will be built on in future units.

The authentic text by Rodari will once again pin point core reading strategies and put new grammatical structures into a new context. Previous strategies of deconstructing a text for understanding will be revisited.

unit overview - autumn term 2

Skills

Communicating in the target language

Grammar – how and when to include ‘il condizionale’

Listen for detail/gist

Adapt language for different contexts

Develop accurate spelling ,pronunciation and intonation

Initiate and develop conversations

Recognising grammatical patterns in Italian

Making connections between languages

How to use exclamations

Knowledge

Theme: Sei in forma? Il lavoro                            Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

Che cos’hai

Dieta e Salute

Esercizi per tenersi in forma. Exam style writing

Il lavoro

Che tipo di lavoro?

Un lavoro ideale

Il curriculum Vitae

Conditional tense

Rationale

This unit offers cross curricular links with P.E.  Learners have the opportunity to consider the importance of keeping fit and healthy as life skill. They will further develop skills of logical thinking and developing thoughtful, justified opinions.

Learners will expand the range of grammatical structures that they use as this variety of tenses is vital to higher Level tasks. Therefore the conditional tense will be built in gradually and reinforced in future units.

Learners will develop thinking skills in considering their future plans after GCSE. There are cross curricular links with Careers Education and with SMSC.

 Cultural awareness and general knowledge will be enhanced as the educational systems in Italy and England are compared and evaluated. Learners may offer comparisons with other educational systems with which they are familiar, thereby increasing overall awareness of diversity.  Cross-curricular links are made with English as Learners practise how to construct arguments engage in a debate.

They will practise writing their own CV which clearly is a life skill requirement..

unit overview - spring term 1

Skills

Communicating formally to accept/ decline job proposals

Grammar – how and when to include ‘le preposizioni’

Listen for detail/gist

Adapt language for different contexts

Develop accurate spelling ,pronunciation and intonation

Initiate and develop conversations

Recognising grammatical patterns in Italian

Making connections between languages

Knowledge

Theme: Cosa ti piacerebbe fare?                        Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

Inviti ad uscire

Inviti ad andare all’estero

Un film che ho visto

Reading units – I miei film preferiti

Speaking booklet Photo cards                                

Rationale

This third 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 assessment in Y10.

This unit is designed around themes that learners can easily relate to and engage with allowing 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.

The introduction of irregular verbs in the imperfect and perfect tense will help them to acquire 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 -  spring term 2 ​​​

Skills

Initiate and develop conversations of a transactional nature

Use of appropriate register when making a complaint

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

Making connections between languages

Knowledge

Theme: Cosa vuoi comprare?                              Key Language, vocabulary and Grammar

Un giro dei negozi

Abbigliamento

Facciamo delle compere

Authentic text comprehension

Speaking booklet Role-plays

Rationale

This fourth unit enables Learners to acquire key knowledge regarding transactional scenarios in Italy. This is vital for the  GCSE as they are required to carry out role-plays of this nature as part of the GCSE speaking exam.

To ensure learners reach the highest marks of the GCSE criteria, they will be encouraged to use descriptive language and use the correct register according to the relevant audience.

In order to reach levels 7-9, learners need to use a variety of tenses accurately and be able to differentiate between the different types of past and future tenses. To that end, learners will be focussing on the subtle nuances between the Imperfect and perfect tenses and will be able to manipulate questions to their advantage.

Learners 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. Therefore, while being tested reference to past units will be made to ensure learners understand the importance of transferring knowledge and skills.

unit overview - summer term 1

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

Conflitti familiari

Matrimonio e figli

Grammatica – il perfetto e il futuro

Speaking – General conversation

Rationale

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

Learner 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 needs 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 proof reading 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 -  summer term 2

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

Il riciclaggio

Problemi ambientali della zona

Grammatica – il passivo

Reading units – l’ambiente

Rationale

This sixth 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.

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.