The knowledge of Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, and construction machinery as well as transportation equipment.
Italy's cultural importance spans from antiquity through the present, of which the Roman period and the Renaissance are perhaps the two most influential moments.
As a matter of fact, since Roman times, Italy has exported its literature and culture to other parts of Europe and beyond, in the areas of Latin literature, Romanitas, humanism, opera, film, science, political thought, fashion, design, and cuisine. Knowing Italian allows you to understand, appreciate, and analyze this treasury of human expression.
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation based on four society and culture-related themes. Section A is a listening assessment based on a recording, featuring male and female speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources. Section B is a reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to comprehension questions. Section C is an unseen passage to be translated from Italian to English.
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation based on the study of two books and/or films. Section A is an unseen passage to be translated from Italian to English. Section B students must write two extended responses on either two different literary texts studied or one text and one film. They select one question from a choice of two.
Paper 3: Speaking. Students will be assessed on their ability to use a range of language accurately, communicate and interact effectively, summarise and analyse findings from written sources relating to their research subject, and show knowledge and understanding about the culture and society where the language is spoken.