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Italian Immersion

 

For more than 20 years, Italian Immersion has been a flagship program of Stanthorpe SHS and has received widespread recognition for the quality of student outcomes it produces.

The program offers students the opportunity to study aspects of humanities, mathematics and potentially health & physical education through the medium of the Italian language, in addition to the study of Italian as a subject in its own right. Students in these classes enjoy the benefits of being with other highly motivated students who are keen to be challenged whilst they develop very good levels of proficiency in spoken and written Italian. It is anticipated that students studying Italian Immersion in Year 7 continue in the program in Years 8 & 9, while in Year 10 they continue studying Italian as one of their three electives, without the Immersion integration in other subjects.

The excellent study habits developed through the Immersion program serve students well throughout high school and further study. Italian Immersion students consistently achieve among the highest OP scores of our Year 12 graduates.

In addition, every second year our school undertakes a three-week study tour to Italy, where Year 9 & 10 Italian students have the opportunity to live with an Italian family for nearly two weeks and attend school with them, before touring a range of significant cities including Rome, Milan, Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre and Verona.

Italian is the easiest language to learn for speakers of English, and hence is acquired quickly. It ranks above Spanish, German and French in its closeness to English in pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. Languages such as Japanese and Chinese take an average of two times longer to learn because of their scripts. Yet many of the skills learned in Italian can be transferred to other languages, making acquisition of a 3rd or 4th language easier.

With a native-speaking Italian teacher overseeing our program and the Italian Language Centre assisting with translation of texts used in class, Stanthorpe SHS’s Italian Immersion program offers students an excellent opportunity to develop genuine competency in language acquisition.

Immersion program staff

Ms Giulia Bertoglio (Humanities & Italian)

Mr Sav Giammattei (Maths)

Ms Sarah Day (Maths & HPE)

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