The Italian Department is a pivotal department of the Italian International School of Abu Dhabi that combines the principles of the Italian Ministry of Education curriculum with the IB curriculum guidelines.

The department aims to tailor its teaching strategy to the needs of every student in the school, whether native speakers or learners of Italian as a second language. Following the IB principles, learning a language in school is not a separate discipline isolated from all other learning. 

The Italian Department offers two language programs grouped under the name Language A and Language B throughout the whole course of study from KG1 to the Diploma years. (KG1 to Grade 12) Language A The Language A program is offered from the KG stage to the Diploma years for all students whose mother tongue is Italian. In accordance with the requirements of the Italian Ministry of Education, interactive texts currently in use in Italian schools are used in this program, with the support of materials created specifically to meet the needs of bilingual students.

Learning the grammatical structures of the Language takes place through being able to read, write and speak the Language in its live and contemporary use, just as students would do in Italy. As set out by the IB curriculum, the Language A program allows the students to graduate in the Italian Language by choosing Italian as a studied subject in the DP program either at a High or Standard Level. 

Non-native speakers who have developed an excellent level of Italian during the course of study of Italian as a Language B may also participate in the Language A Diploma Programme. Language B The study of Language B is understood as the study of a second language other than the mother tongue. Therefore, all students from KG1 onwards are eligible for this program. For the DP (Diploma) years (grade 11 and grade 12), the study of Language B is divided into these subgroups: - Language ab initio. These courses are for beginners (students with little or no previous experience in learning the Language they have chosen).

These courses are only available at the standard level. - Language B courses are intended for students who have had some previous experience in learning the Language. They may be studied at either a higher level or a standard level. The Italian Department will work closely with the Arabic and English Department to ensure the development of the student's multilingualism.

The Language will live in our school, whether or not it is via a lesson, activity, or celebration to honor the cultures of our host country, the UAE or Italy. Furthermore, classroom activities will always be linked to those carried out in the other departments. Students will be exposed to learning the Language throughout all subjects studied. An essential vocabulary will be known in all three school official languages, English, Arabic, and Italian, thanks to a close collaboration with classroom teachers.


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