Italian Programme

Italian Programme

ISLP offers all Italian students the opportunity to follow the Italian national curriculum, from the beginning of Primary School until the end of High School, and to take the relevant examinations when required. ISLP, in fact, is an accredited Paritaria School by Ministry of Education and Merit (MIM) ex MIUR (Ministry of Education and Research).

Nevertheless  Italian as a Second Language (ISL) Programme is designed to properly respond to the students’ needs, regardless of their mother tongue or country of origin. Since the school is located in Italy we believe each student should learn Italian, as an approach coherent with the philosophy of our school.

Early Years

The Italian Programme in the Early Years aims to develop the children’s communication skills in order to listen and speak in Italian. At this stage in their language development there is no distinction between students who are Mother Tongue Italian and those learning Italian as an Additional Language (The Italian Mother Tongue and IAL Programmes start in ES1). Where appropriate, the Early Years Italian Programme follows concepts covered by the class teacher in Units of Inquiry.

Primary School

After Early Years, the teaching of Italian is provided in two distinct courses. For students who are learning Italian as a foreign language, language skills are developed to enable children to speak, read and write with increasing fluency, enabling our students to enjoy and better understand the host country.

The Italian Mother Tongue Programme begins in the first primary class and follows the Italian Language strand of the ministerial programme (speaking, reading and writing) but at the same time provides Italian Mother Tongue students with an opportunity to develop a global perspective by making connections with the ISLP International Curriculum.

Middle and High School

Middle and High school students continue their Italian experience through a Language A or Language B route. Routes will depend on the student’s prior experience and knowledge of Italian and this is explained in the Language Policy which can be made available to parents. Students inquire into a range of unit questions which may also connect to other experiences within the curriculum such as work in Humanities and other Language A and B subjects.



Accredited school with the Italian Ministry of Education (MIM)