The Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Faculty offers Italian allowing students to continue with the language they have studied in Years 7 and 8. The course is designed to improve on linguistic skills as well as to broaden cultural horizons. The topics covered are inteded to challenge and inspire students in their language-learning journey. Through studying a language, students will gain an important life skill which is viewed very favourably by employers and higher education providers.
Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based:
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
Topic 3: Free-time activities
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in Italian-speaking countries/communities.
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Topic 2: Social issues
Topic 3: Global issues Topic 4: Travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education Post 16
Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions
All four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) are weighted equally and are assessed by exam papers at the end of the three year course.
MFL has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.
We expect students to spend 1-2 hours per week completing homework tasks, such as vocabulary learning, grammar exercises, independent study and assessment preparation.
Progression to Post 16
There is the opportunity to study Italian at A Level.