Whether you are attracted to Italy's Medieval and Renaissance culture, to Italy's cinematic heritage or to Italy's fascinating history or artistic production over the centuries, the Italian department at JAGS will give you the opportunity to build up your knowledge of Italy's rich past, its language and its culture.
Italian is a lively and popular subject at JAGS. It is taught from Year 8 to Year 13. It boasts a wide range of trips to Italy (Tuscany, Venice, Milan, Naples) and to a wealth of Italian cultural events in London. Our Y9 pupils are involved in an eTwinning project with a school in Italy, Istituto Comprensivo Villa’ D’Alme’ (Bergamo) .
As we believe that enthusiasm and interest are key factors in learning, the language and the cultural aspects of Italy are taught through a wide range of activities devised to integrate and enhance the main textbooks, such as songs, debates and poetry writing in Year 8 and Year 9.
In Year 10 and Year 11 we develop the ability to use the language effectively for practical communication both in speech and in writing. Finally, in Year 12 and Year 13 we build on these skills to acquire an accurate command of the more complex language. The students will keep up to date on the latest developments in Italian politics, social issues, the environment, youth culture and world-wide questions and enjoy Italian literature, learning to develop analytical skills and their independent opinions, and will argue them effectively.
The eTwinning action promotes school collaboration in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by providing support, tools and services for schools. The eTwinning Portal is the main meeting point and workspace for the action. JAGS has participated in eTwinning projects for the last 5 years and last year our Italian project was awarded the prestigious Quality Label.