ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: “How to teach … Italian” – ‘dado & rospo!, THE GUARDIAN U.K., (23|03|2015).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: "How to teach ... Italian" - 'dado & rospo!, THE GUARDIAN U.K., (23|03|2015).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: “How to teach … Italian” – ‘dado & rospo!, THE GUARDIAN U.K., (23|03|2015).

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Nota: ROMA – Il mio italiano sta migliorando capisco alcune delle parole di sintesi🙂 Ma io sto avendo un problema con: “dado & rospo”!

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ITALY – “How to teach … Italian”, THE GUARDIAN U.K., (23|03|2015).

Europe’s language of romance (and pizza) will be vital to the UK over the next 20 years. Here’s how to tackle it in your classroom.

When you think about learning Italian, visions of beaches, pizza, gelato and elite fashion spring to mind. But Europe’s language of romance offers benefits far beyond tourism.

Italian has been identified by the British Council as one of the 10 languages most important to the UK over the next 20 years. It’s the official language of the EU, and the fourth most requested language by employers.

Despite its attractions, the numbers taking the subject are tiny. In popularity it ranks behind French, German and Spanish – with exam entries of only 5,000 compared with 150,000 a year in French.

So, with English primary schools now obliged to teach languages to seven- to 11-year-olds, what better way to ignite interest than by introducing the language of pasta and Pinocchio to your young charges?

This week on the Guardian Teacher Network we have a selection of ideas and resources to help your students develop a love of Italian.

At key stage 2, the focus of study in modern languages is on practical communication. Start by teaching students some basic greetings such as “hello”, “goodbye” and “how are you?” with the help of these flashcards by Seeme Resources. Cut them into cards and use them for a game of snap, with players saying the words as they place them down. Or give each student a card and ask them to move around the classroom until they find someone with an appropriate response.

Songs and rhymes are a great way of exploring the patterns and sounds of another language. These flashcards help students learn the numbers one to 10 in Italian, and you can reinforce this by singing songs such as “One, two, three, four five; Once I caught a fish alive” with the English numbers replaced by Italian.

Expand on students’ learning with the help of Light Bulb Languages, a site packed with language resources for French, Spanish, German and Italian for all ages. For key stage 3 students, check out these PowerPoint presentations to help pupils explain how they are feeling and what subjects they like at school. Print out the slides to create a quick and colourful wall display, or challenge groups to create their own presentations on a topic of their choice.

Make language learning relevant for secondary students by using news reports such as these articles in Italian by The Day, a current affairs website for schools. Use this piece about the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall or this one about elections in Greece to start a discussion about European history and politics in Italian.

Alternatively, provide students with the English version of the Berlin Wall article or the Greek elections piece and ask them to create their own Italian versions. How do their translations compare with those by The Day? Useful topics to consider when looking at Italy in the news could include football, travel and food and drink.

Students keen on greater interaction and more use of technology when learning languages will enjoy the Molto Bene Italian language app. It features almost 80 lessons based on real-life situations including dining out, shopping, exploring and meeting new friends. There are useful sound files for thousands of words and interactive games to reinforce learning.

The Guardian Teacher Network has a collection of grammar charts that can be used alongside the app. These cover definite articles, indefinite articles, subject pronouns, direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns and prepositional pronouns.

Another good resource is the Guardian’s phrasebook, which has a helpful section on pronunciation and basic grammar. Topics covered include shopping for clothes, going to the cinema and talking about the economy.

Developing students’ cultural understanding is a key part of language learning. With this in mind, you might want to take a look at the Euroclub website. It provides information, activities, songs and resources related to French, Spanish and Italian language and culture. We also have interactive whiteboard resources about the human and physical geography of northern Italy and southern Italy suitable for use at key stage 4.

Other handy resources for primary students include these word and picture cards about the seasons, colours and parts of the body by Twinkl. Encourage kids to use their new vocabulary in games such as Hangman or I Spy. We also have Italy-themed page borders, which are great for displaying students’ work, and a rainbow-themed colouring sheet.

For more ideas to liven up language lessons, see these How to teach articles on French, German, Spanish, Chinese, the European Union, and teaching languages creatively. You will find additional resources for GCSE Italian here and A-level Italian here.

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ITALY – “How to teach … Italian”, THE GUARDIAN U.K., (23|03|2015).

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/mar/23/how-to-teach-italian-languages

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ITALIA BENI CULTURALI: Spiacenti Renzi, il mondo ha bisogno di apprezzare e imparare l'italiano | "When in Rome, Don’t Speak English. Grazie." THE DAILY BEAST (03|01|2015) & THE NEW YORK TIMES (28|02|2015).

— ITALIA BENI CULTURALI: Spiacenti Renzi, il mondo ha bisogno di apprezzare e imparare l’italiano | “When in Rome, Don’t Speak English. Grazie.” THE DAILY BEAST (03|01|2015) & THE NEW YORK TIMES (28|02|2015).

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