LOTE (Language other than English)


At St Benedict’s Italian is introduced in Year 3 and all classes from Year 3 to Year 6 have a one hour class each week. The teaching of Italian at St Benedict’s follows the content in the Victorian Curriculum: Languages which is organised through the two interrelated strands of Communicating (using language for communicative purposes in interpreting, creating and exchanging meaning) and Understanding (analysing language and culture as a resource for interpreting and creating meaning).


Italian Day


Students are exposed to a variety of oral and written texts to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. They are encouraged to use these texts as models for developing their own skills. The program is varied and uses songs, stories, drama, poetry, ICT, games, arts and crafts and vocabulary activities to teach both the language itself and the cultural context in which it is used.


Every year we celebrate Italian day as a school with guest performers, fun rotational activities and a shared Italian lunch