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Italian is not only the official language of Italy, but also one of the four official languages spoken in Switzerland. It is also widely spoken in Croatia, Slovenia and the French island of Corsica; and is surprisingly the second most popular language spoken in Argentina. With its roots firmly in ancient Latin it is classed as one of the Romance languages, like French, Portuguese and Spanish. Italian shares a high degree of grammatical commonality with those languages, and many similar words.
As with other Modern Foreign Language courses, the focus when studying Italian at Key Stage 4 is to gain a good understanding of the spoken and written language, starting with the basics of pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. Whilst developing their language skills, the GCSE syllabus encourages students to expand their cultural knowledge of Italy, covering day-to-day life, food, travel, family, and hobbies etc. Additional topics include technology, and social and global issues, like the environment and healthy living. By the end of the syllabus students should be able to competently express themselves in conversations and discussions, making good use of grammatical structures, and a wide vocabulary, and with accurate pronunciation that would be understood by a native speaker.
When moving on to Italian A-Level, students are required to further expand their spoken and written skills and begin to discover the rich world of Italian literature, whilst further developing their understanding of Italy's culture and history. The A-Level syllabus also includes covering a topic or research project that will form the basis of an essay in the final written exam. This is usually on one of the following subjects: lifestyles, youth or Italian culture, travel and tourism, or education and employment. Gaining an A-Level in Italian is obviously an ideal option for those wishing to read languages at university, or keen to visit and explore the country for work or pleasure. However, many university courses in other disciplines, including Music, Art History, and Archaeology, can also become far more accessible and rewarding to students with an A-Level in Italian.
We connect you to the best teachers who work across several of the best primary and secondary schools in York (some detailed below). This means we can reliably provide you with a local and experienced tutor that fits your needs.
York primary school performance:
The York area has 49 primary schools (one of the top being St Paul's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School with 29% of pupils achieving at a higher standard).
From their latest Oftsed report:
The York local authority has an average of 68% of students meeting the expected standards in reading, writing, and maths at primary school age (vs England's average of 65%). And has an average of 13% achieving higher standard (vs England's average of 11%).
York secondary school performance:
The York area has 16 secondary schools (one of the top being Fulford School with 66% of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs).
From their latest Oftsed report:
The York local authority has an average of 51% of students achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths GCSEs (vs England's average of 43%). And has an average of 95% of students either staying in education or entering employment after GCSEs (vs England's average of 94%).
York Ofsted ratings:
76% of York schools have received at least a 'Good' Ofsted rating, with 13 schools receiving an 'Outstanding' rating in their last evaluation.
Source: Gov.UK Website