Thinking Italian promotes awareness of the Italian language and culture through education.
Our 7 books form a structured progressive course from 1 to 7.
Andiamo in Italia is numbered from 1 to 5 according the level of difficulty. Each book builds on the vocabulary and grammar learnt from the previous book. There is an accompanying Teachers Manual for each of the 5 Andiamo in Italia books for Teachers who would like to maximize their teaching effectiveness. The teachers manuals are only available for hard copy purchase.
The Qui Italia books 1 and 2 progress further from the Andiamo series though may be more suitable as a starting point for older students.
Teachers Manuals which are easy to follow, complement the activity books with alternative activities and are easily adaptable to specific teacher needs whether they are being used at home or in the classroom.
The Andiamo in Italia and Qui Italia educational resource activity book series have been developed to:
- Provide a framework to assist all types of teachers in developing, implementing and evaluating an effective Italian course for primary school aged children.
- Develop language skills which enable the learner to manipulate the language in a confident manner and to demonstrate their knowledge with others.
- Highlight the value of learning a second language and its contribution to establishing the foundations for lifelong learning.
- Promote & develop mentally, socially and culturally appropriate opportunities and outcomes for children learning another languages.
People who are able to communicate in more than one language have a distinct linguistic and cultural advantage over monolingual people. Today’s society is multi-cultural. There are trade, cultural and tourist links with many other countries.
English speakers who learn a foreign language also develop a better understanding of their own language and culture, and an appreciation of others.
Italian is a particularly valuable language to learn.
- Italians constitute a large ethnic group in many countries outside Italy. Italian is often a major community language, and proficiency in Italian is a great advantage for the workers, consumers and community members.
- Italy is a very popular destination for many travellers. The ability to communicate in Italian makes a visit to Italy more culturally and socially enriching and gives many practical benefits. Italian is also one of the four official languages in Switzerland, and is spoken by millions of people living around the Mediterranean in Europe and Africa, by Italian guest workers in other parts of Europe and migrants in South America.
- Italian is a language in which it is relatively easy to achieve a basic degree of social proficiency. For example, it is a phonetic language, which means there is a lot of immediate transfer of learning from the spoken to the written form and vice versa.
- For students who are themselves of Italian origin, the study of Italian may fill in gaps in literacy, and has the extra benefit of enhancing the status of their cultural heritage and their sense of identity and self-esteem.
- Students of Italian gain access to cultural traditions which go back thousands of years and which have had a profound and direct effect on our society. The Roman Empire carried excellence in engineering and architecture and advanced systems of education, law and government to distant parts of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Renaissance was another peak in Italian History, with figures like Leonardo da Vinci epitomising artistic and scientific genius in Europe.
- Italy has continued to achieve international acclaim in literature, fine arts, performing arts, architecture, philosophy, fashion and gastronomy and more recently the cinema and motor vehicle design. These and other cultural traditions are being perpetuated in Australia by Italian visitors and settlers.