My name is Margaret Campeotto and I am the Italian teacher at Inglewood Primary. I initially trained as a high school teacher in the field of English Literature and have also worked as a Numeracy specialist and have been teaching Italian at Inglewood Primary for the last 5 Years. My family originates from the northern region of Italy named Friuli Venezia Giulia hence my love and passion for promoting Italian throughout the school.
The Italian program at Inglewood Primary School, in line with the Western Australian Curriculum, broadens the world knowledge of our students. When Teaching Italian, it not only combines learning how language functions, but also involves the students learning about cultural studies, an immersion into food, lifestyle, sayings, climate, festivals.
The Italian classroom is a plethora of Italian visual artifacts where the students are free to ask what arouses their curiosity about Italy. Lessons include acquiring vocabulary and through constant repeated practise, pronunciation, written work longer sentences and phrases are developed. For the junior students lessons often include puppets, songs, drawings and games to develop their knowledge and with the upper students iPad presentations, drama productions and working collaboratively in small groups.
I also use a variety of external resources where possible for example, a Gelato van visit in Term 4 and cooking demonstrations such as participation in pizza/calzone making, gnocchi making; and the famous Venetian masks made by our year 6’s as part of cultural celebrations. We hope students, through learning the Italian language, develop a love of travel, and a curiosity of how other people around the world differ and do things differently in comparison to their own lifestyle in Australia