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Italian at PCACS

The Italian Programme at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School offers our students the opportunity to learn a foreign language, discover more about the world, its people and cultures, and the chance to discover a propensity for languages that can set them up for life.

Classes are interactive, and focus on a range of communicative tasks which take students from Kindergarten right through to Year 12.  Our students can choose to continue to study Italian in Years 11 and 12, with the expectation of becoming competent speakers, and with the support of teachers who are native speakers themselves.

Grammatical concepts are explicitly taught from Year 5 onward, giving our students the flexibility to manipulate the language for themselves.

We also aim to incorporate a range of exciting opportunities which allow students to embrace the culture behind the language.  These activities might include the exchange of postcards and letters with Italian students, watching excerpts from Italian films, listening to Italian music, role play, song singing – the options are many and varied, and are invariably fun into the bargain.  These experiences are then complemented by our involvement in an annual Italian Week, which aims to showcase a range of cultural, linguistic and gastronomic events.


                         Postcards from Italy, proudly displayed by some of our pen pals here at PCACS.

Our students are also heavily involved in Language Perfect, and online language programme which supports independent learning both in and out of School.  The annual Language Perfect World Championship is an event which students from Years 3 through 12 look forward to.

In Years 10, 11 and 12, students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme which takes them to Italy.  This programme allows students to develop their language skills in real life situations, and to grow in confidence as a result.  It also gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of Italy, and to make what can often prove to be life long friendships.  Students who participated in recent exchanges spoke very highly of the trip, even going so far as to describe it as life-changing.  We also welcome exchange students from Italy, who study alongside our own students, and bring a particular vibrancy and native flair to our classes during their visits.

                     Our Italian exchange students and their hosts, with former Principal Mr Peter Martin.