A Level Italian is based on current affairs and issues relating to modern society, with a particular focus on areas of interest to young people. In addition, in the Upper Sixth, pupils gain an insight into Italian culture by studying a twentieth century, post-war novel.
Principal topics are:
- Youth culture and concerns: Music and fashion, Technology, Relationships, Drink, Drugs, Sex;
- Lifestyle, health and fitness: Sport and exercise, Food and diet, Health issues;
- The world around us: Travel, Tourism, Environmental issues and the Italian-speaking world;
- Education and employment: Education, Education policy and Student issues, the World of work – the changing work scene.
In the second year of the course the following topics are also studied:
- Customs, Traditions, Beliefs and religions;
- National and international events: Past, present and future;
- Literature and the Arts.
Pupils will view a range of films, access library resources and attend short courses during the Sixth Form years. Our Sixth Formers are also offered the opportunity to spend a weekend in Italy to bring their study of Italian language and literature to life.
In addition, the Internet provides us with limitless access to Italian current affairs, resources for languages learners and podcasts of interviews and news items to keep abreast of topical issues in the target language.
A Level Italian is designed to provide a suitable foundation for study of the subject or related courses in further and Higher Education. Languages are important in almost all careers in our increasingly global society and universities view languages as being rigorous and intellectually demanding subjects at A Level.