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There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in world,

and no kind is without meaning. 

1 Corinthians 14:10


At St Mary's School, the learning of languages (Italian) is strategically implemented across the school in daily, short sessions. 

In this contemporary model, our educators are co-learners of language and are supported by the school's Language Assistant. Students are immersed in 15 minute, daily sessions that focus on learning functional classroom language and the use of gestures to support language learning, retention and use.


Strategies used to build student growth in the spoken Italian language include: 

  • Scaffolded learning sequences, to build Italian vocabulary from Foundation to Year 6

  • Assessment, to monitor student achievement in Italian

  • The use of gestures, to support language learning, retention and use

  • Timetabled, daily Italian sessions, to build proficiency in the speaking of Italian

  • The school's language assistant, to work alongside staff and students

  • Educators as co-learners, to substitute common words and simple instructions in English with Italian


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