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Italian (Pre-U) *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School

Course description

The aim of this syllabus is to enable candidates to develop the language skills needed for confident communication in Italian as well as to provide them with an opportunity to gain an insight into contemporary Italian-speaking societies. Intellectual advancement through close engagement with a wide range of texts, the articulation of readings and justification of opinions is carried out at this level in both Italian and English. Reading and sustained critical thought through the study of literature will promote a finer feel for the subtleties and possibilities of Italian and crucially provide the essential critical tools and essay writing skills required for further study in both languages, as well as in the workplace. This option will take the form of an examination with two essays (one in Italian and one in English).

In addition to practising listening and reading, particular attention is paid to the promotion of accuracy and the wealth of structures in speaking and writing. The emphasis on grammar and syntax will result in an increased sophistication in the way candidates can express their own ideas and build them into a cogent argument. We encourage all pupils to spend some time in Italy during the two years.


Speaking [25%] circa 16 minutes Discussion of an article and related themes (circa 8 minutes); prepared topic discussion (circa 8 minutes).

Reading & Listening 2¼ hours [25%] Understand and respond to texts written in German/Italian, drawn from a variety of sources such as magazines, newspapers, reports, books and other forms of extended writing and spoken material.

Writing & Usage 2¼ hours [25%] Discursive Essay (1½ hours) to be written in German/Italian (350 - 450 words). Choice of five titles rooted in the General Topic areas; use of German/Italian (¾ hour), transformational grammar and Cloze test.

Topics and Texts 2½ hours [25%] Part I - Cultural Topics (1¼ hours). Candidates prepare two texts/films within the same topic. In the examination, they will be required to answer one general question with an essay in German/Italian (350–500 words) on both texts/films combined. Part II – Literary Texts (1¼ hours). Candidates prepare one text.

In the examination, they will have to answer one question with an essay in English (450–600 words) on their chosen text.

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Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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