Italian GCSE

The course

Italian is an interesting and challenging subject that equips students with the skills to communicate confidently in Italian in a range of everyday situations. It suits all students who are interested in communicating with people of other nationalities. Students learn about the culture of countries where Italian is spoken and benefit when they come into contact with Italian- speaking people, both young and old, both at home and abroad. Italian is studied in relation to some or all of the following themes: media and culture, sport and leisure, travel and tourism or business, work and employment. With the expansion of the EU, the labour market really is opening up for those with fluency in Italian – at home and on the Continent.

Students receive 3 hours of group tuition per week. Regular homework and tests mean students consolidate their intellectual and study skills and receive essential exam practice. Please note that dictionaries are not allowed in any of the exams.

How is the course assessed?

Unit 1 · Listening  and Understanding in Italian

Foundation and Higher Tier: 35 minute exam, 20% weighting

Students listen to a range of formal and informal Italian material spoken by native speakers. What they hear may include instructions, messages, announcements, monologues, dialogues, discussions, factual material, narrative and expressions and justifications of points of view, all of varying length. A range of questions of varying type and difficulty tests their comprehension.

Unit 2 · Speaking in Italian

Foundation and Higher Tier: 8-12 minute exam, 30% weighting

Students must demonstrate the ability to use the Italian language for different purposes and in different settings, and will be assessed on two speaking activities based on the themes above and chosen from the following task types: an open interaction, a picture-based free- flowing discussion or a presentation with discussion following.

Unit 3 · Reading and Understanding in Italian

Foundation Tier: 35 minute exam

Higher Tier: 50 minute exam, 20% weighting

The examination consists of a number of short texts, notices or news reports in Italian on the themes above and testing is through a variety of tasks which require a response, written or non-verbal, to demonstrate understanding.

Unit 4 · Writing in Italian

Foundation and Higher Tier: internal assessment under controlled conditions. 30% weighting

The student must complete two separate writing tasks (each of up to 200 words) undertaken in controlled conditions in a single assessment session of no more than one hour. The work will relate to one or more of the themes above.

Reading

An Italian dictionary is vital.

Exam Board and Specification Codes

Edexcel Italian 2IN01 (legacy)