In 2016, Ms Maria Zaban is teaching Italian to all year levels from Prep to Year 6. The Victorian
Government has made it compulsory to teach a language other than English in Prep and Year 1. The theme
for the year is 'Saluti da Italia! Andiamo in Italia per imparare L'Italiano!' (Greetings from Italy! We
are going to Italy to learn Italian!).
This term, the students have been learning how to use Italian
greetings in social interactions, for example, 'Buon giorno Mario! Come stai? Bene grazie. E tu?' (Good
morning Mario. How are you? Well thanks. And you?) Through fun, interactive and stimulating activities
such as singing and drama, students are becoming familiar with the Italian language and culture.
Languages education provides students with many benefits. As well as expanding career opportunities, research
shows that learning a language:
- Stimulates brain development
- Significantly enhances English literacy
- Improves memory, concentration, problem-solving and numeracy skills
- Encourages respect and understanding of other cultures.