1) IGCSE Italian Foreign Language: Content Overview
The syllabus develops a set of transferable skills for understanding and communicating in everyday situations in Italian. Learners begin to develop cultural awareness of countries and communities where Italian is spoken. They acquire the essential linguistic skills required for progression to further studies or employment.
Italian Foreign Language Aims:
The aims describe the purposes of a course based on this syllabus. The aims are to enable students to:
- develop the language proficiency required to communicate effectively in Italian at level A2 (CEFR Basic User), with elements of level B1 (CEFR Independent User)
- offer insights into the culture and society of countries and communities where Italian is spoken
- develop awareness of the nature of language and language learning
- encourage positive attitudes towards speakers of other languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures
- provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
- develop transferable skills (e.g. memorising, drawing of inferences) to complement other areas of the curriculum
- form a sound base of the skills, language and attitudes required for progression to work or further study, either in Italian or another subject area.
2) Syllabus Outline:
The subject content is organised in five broad topic areas (A–E below). These provide contexts for the acquisition of vocabulary and the study of grammar and structures. The study of these topic areas enables students to gain an insight into countries and communities where Italian is spoken.
The five topic areas listed below are described in more detail in section 3.
A. Everyday activities
B. Personal and social life
C. The world around us
D. The world of work
E. The international world
The syllabus gives students opportunities to develop and apply a wide range of foreign language skills. Candidates will be expected to read and understand a variety of written and spoken texts on familiar topics. Candidates will be required to demonstrate understanding of the main ideas, opinions and attitudes, as well as select and extract relevant details and deduce the meaning of occasional unknown words from context. They will also have opportunities to write in Italian on familiar, everyday topics, and to speak the language by taking part in everyday conversations.
3) Assessment Outline:
All candidates take:
- Paper 1: Listening – multiple choice and matching answers based on recordings (50 minutes)
- Paper 2: Reading – answering text related questions (60 minutes)
- Paper 3: Speaking – one role play and a conversation on two topics (10 minutes
- Paper 4: Writing – one form filling task, one directed writing task and one formatted task e.g. email, letter, etc. (60 minutes)
For more information check out the: IGCSE Italian Foreign Language Guide