Education

Italian Language class rollout offers more opportunities for students

Italian language teaching in SA public schools received a boost today giving South Australians new opportunities to explore their love of the language. 

Italian language teaching in SA public schools received a boost today with the Government and Consulate of Italy in Adelaide signing an agreement giving teachers and students more support and new opportunities to explore their love of the language. 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Minister for Education John Gardner and Consul of Italy in Adelaide, Adriano Stendardo, in the company of Italian language students at Valley View Secondary School.

The MoU will see professional learning support for teachers to enhance existing programs, as well as more opportunities for students to understand and explore career pathways that are available to Italian language learners.

It also aims to see Italian language teaching assistants working across more schools and the development of meaningful sister school relationships between SA and Italy.

Minister Gardner said the agreement honours the rich cultural connection between SA and Italy and enhances the teaching of languages in public schools.

“Italian culture is woven into the fabric of South Australia and today’s agreement will hopefully encourage more students to add a strand to that fabric by exploring the wonderful Italian language,” said Minister Gardner.

“Learning a language develops essential skills, enhances the understanding of other cultures and creates a broader range of career pathways in a global society. 

“I am very proud to stand alongside Consul Stendardo and sign this agreement for the benefit of our Italian language teachers and students.”

Consul of Italy in Adelaide Adriano Stendardo said the agreement reinforces the reciprocal commitment by Italy and South Australia in strengthening the teaching of the Italian language in the State. 

“The new agreement will lay the groundwork for positive developments to be made in the next few years, as the Italian language offers invaluable opportunities for professional and cultural growth. 

“The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, through the Italian Consulate in Adelaide, is proud to partner with South Australia in promoting stronger student and teacher engagement.”

To find out which state schools are currently offering Italian language visit the Department of Education website

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