Italian is a Romance language spoken mainly in Europe: Italy, Switzerland, San Marino, Vatican City, by minorities in Malta, Monaco, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Libya, Eritrea, and Somalia, and by immigrant communities in the Americas and Australia.

It is the language of great poets such as Dante, of moving films like La Vita e’ Bella, of classical music and opera.  It is a language which is often spoken through figurative art, fashion, crafts and good food in Italy’s dynamic cities and peaceful country side, on its snow white mountain slopes and on its beautiful beaches by the many kilometres of its sea shore.

Italian is the key to the appreciation of the culture, the traditions, the celebrations and the produce renowned all over the world and gathered under the name of Made in Italy.

I hope that the learning of this Foreign Modern Language will excite your curiosity and will give you the opportunity to explore and be spellbound by this beautiful country for life.


IVth Form (Year 9)

Pupils are taught twice per week. The first lesson develops understanding of the language through exercises in Projetto Italiano. The second lesson uses a variety of techniques to enable pupils to practise their language and gain a deeper cultural awareness of Italy. These tasks include; singing traditional Italian songs, watching Italian films, investigating traditions and celebrations in Italy and food appreciation!

During the year, the following aspects of Italian will be studied:

Topics  Grammar 
Myself and my family
My school
My hometown
The time; days, months and seasons
The weather
Food and drink
Geography; cities, countries and continents
Defined and undefined articles
Noun and adjective accordance
Possessive adjectives
Demonstrative adjectives
Simple and combined prepositions
Present tense: ‘to be’ and ‘to have’
Present tense: regular verbs
Expressing possession


If students have enjoyed their first encounter of Italian in the IVth form, they are encouraged to continue improving their fluency and knowledge with the goal of  preparing all pupils for the Higher Level GCSE examination at the end of a two year course. In addition to a rigorous understanding of Italian grammar, the emphasis of the course is on practical communication and pupils will learn Italian which will enable them to interact in real-life situations.

Study Trip to Italy

The Italian Department organises half term and summer holiday trips to Italy where girls can improve their skills and gain fluency and confidence while experiencing everyday life within the environment of an Italian family.

AQA GCSE Italian content

Topics Grammar
The environment
Spare time
Youth issues
The present perfect tense
The simple future tense
The conditional present tense
Complex sentence construction
The use of ‘che’

Pupils will be assessed in all four key skills. The skills of listening and reading will be assessed by external examination. Writing and speaking will be assessed through controlled assessment within school.

A Level

There are plenty of reasons to consider taking Italian for A level.  An understanding of Italian language and literature will enhance your enjoyment of music or art. As a result of strong business links between the UK and Italy, a knowledge of Italian can also be useful if you are considering a career in fashion or tourism.

During the two year course, you will have opportunities to focus on an aspect of Italy or Italian culture which you find particularly interesting. The ultimate objective of the course is to achieve fluency in both written and oral expression. To improve your understanding you will have access to daily papers and magazines such as Il Corriere della sera, La Repubblica, Panorama and Io Donna .

You should also, if possible, attend a course in Bagno di Romagna, Ravenna or Florence; an invaluable experience enjoyed by students of your age.

During the course, you will develop a range of language skills including translation, research and discussion. You will also investigate a wide range of cultural issues.