The teaching of Italian at King Edward's has been introduced in recent years to students in the Third Year. This beginner's course gives learners a feel for the sounds and flow of the language, develops competence in grammar, and introduces vocabulary for everyday topics. Following a successful first year, students can continue their study of Italian to GCSE. Whilst a challenging course, it is an excellent opportunity for keen linguists who wish to build on their knowledge of Romance languages and Latin.
The language is taught in a communicative and exciting way, and Italian is the language used for instruction and communication, as far as is practicable. The course is topic based, but equally focuses on excellent grammar acquisition and skills development, and all students are encouraged to participate actively. An awareness of tradition and culture of the country is also fostered.
Students have use of excellent online resources on their ipads, and will learn from a range of up to date materials via the interactive white board in the classroom, using the Amici D'Italia course.
Studying Italian is a great opportunity to acquire one of the most beautiful European Languages.
Yearly or every two years, a trip is organised to Italy. We have been twice to Florence and had a fantastic time learning Italian and developing our cultural and artistic awareness. The details for our next trip to Italy will be posted in the Trips and Visits section as soon as they are available.