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Exam Board - Edexcel

Course Content

This course helps students to develop their general study skills, but most of all they will learn to communicate at a higher level in Italian.  They will also learn a lot more about the societies where Italian is spoken.
Students will be able to read, understand and extract information from written passages in the target language that are taken from authentic sources, such as newspapers and books.
Students will be able to listen to and understand contemporary spoken language and answer questions on what they have heard.  The passages they listen to will be taken from a range of sources such as news reports on the radio or television.
Speaking and writing
Students will learn how to write Italian at a higher level and to hold discussions in Italian. 

Methods of Assessment

Year 12 AS course
Unit 1:             Spoken expression and response in Italian 30% (8-10 minutes)
Section A:      Students will respond to 4 questions on a stimulus related to their chosen topic area.
Section B:      Students will engage in more general conversation but still relating to the general topic
Unit 2:            Understanding and written response in Italian 70% (2 hours 30 minutes)
Section A:      Students will listen to a range of Italian material and respond to a range of Italian
                      Language questions
Section B:      Students will read a range of Italian printed material and respond to a range of mainly
                       Italian Language test types
Section C:      Students will write 200-220 words in the form of a letter or report.
Year 13 A2 course
Unit 3:            Understanding and spoken response in Italian 35% (11-13 minutes)
                       Students will defend a point of view on a topical issue for 4 minutes followed by more
                       general discussion.
Unit 4:            Research, understanding and written response in Italian 65% (2 hours 30 minutes)
Section A:      Students will translate a short passage from English into Italian
Section B:      Students will write a Italian Language essay
Section C:      Students will write an essay (240-270 words) based on research they have carried out.

Other Information

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a work experience visit to Urbania, Italy for one week in Year 12 and a three day cultural visit to Venice in Year 13.  There are also trips to conferences and theatre visits to relevant and interesting productions.

Entry Requirements

GCSE A in Italian.