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Che fortuna! Italian language commitment continues for SA public schools

Minister Susan Close, Minister for Education and Child Development and  Minister for Public Sector announced today the Italian language will be taught in public schools. Ms Close said today, South Australia’s enduring cultural ties with Italy will be celebrated and strengthened tonight with the renewal of a formal education partnership that promotes the teaching of the Italian language in public schools.

Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close and the Acting Consul for Italy in Adelaide, Orietta Borgia, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding at a formal ceremony at Parliament House.

The MoU will continue the collaboration between DECD and the Dante Alighieri Society, which since 2013 has funded five Italian-language assistants to work with State primary and secondary schools.

“The Italian community has made a major contribution to South Australia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and it gives me great pleasure to celebrate and strengthen these ties through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.

“The Consul will continue to provide current teaching materials and trained teachers to schools that introduce Italian into their curriculum, and the Department will provide resources and teaching opportunities,” Dr Close said.

Italian is currently taught in 39 Government schools to more than 11,000 students and was one of the first languages developed for the Australian Curriculum.

“A second language is an invaluable tool in the modern world, opening up a wide range of life opportunities and employment options,” Dr Close said.

“Our aim is to get children excited about learning a second language, and the key ingredient is enthusiastic and well-resourced teachers armed with engaging learning plans.

“The Italian-language assistants provide great support to teachers and students alike and really help make the language come alive.

“Having a native Italian speaker in the classroom with specialist teaching skills helps students to immerse themselves in the language and culture, and we are very grateful for the ongoing support of the Dante Alighieri Society.”

Source:-  Minister Close

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