Year 10 Italian Reading Club

As part of our focus on extending students in Languages, this semester has seen the launch of the Year 10 Italian Reading Club. High-achieving students have been invited to participate in this weekly lunchtime session in the Learning Commons. The Club involves reading aloud from Italian novels, analysing the plot and characters, and responding to comprehension questions based on the texts studied. Our Italian language assistant, Ludovica, runs the program.

Dante Alighieri Italian Poetry Competition

Congratulations to Alyssa G (9TLA) who was awarded second place (Secondo Premio) in the Italian Australian category and Amelia K (9ACH) who was awarded third place (Terzo Premio) in the Non Italian category of the recent Dante Alighieri Italian Poetry Competition finals. These students were competing against students from many other schools across Melbourne and are to be commended for their achievements. Alyssa and Amelia, along with their families, have been invited to the Presentation Ceremony to be held in October.

Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette French Poetry Competition

Meanwhile, the following French students from Years 8-10 have made it through to the finals of the French poetry competition:

  • Celeste F (8BHO)
  • Chloe K (8BHO)
  • Veronica H (9LDA)
  • Sierra M (9MKY)
  • Georgia R (9TLA)
  • Phoebe T (10CMSM)

Our VCE French students are currently preparing for their Alliance Française oral competition which is taking place on Wednesday 9 August. This competition takes the form of a nine minute oral exam with an examiner from the Alliance Française via Zoom. The exam comprises two sections: general conversation about the student’s personal world followed by an in-depth discussion of a chosen subtopic. This event gives our senior French students a taste of the 15-minute external oral exam that awaits them at the end of Unit 4 and is therefore a very beneficial experience. Bonne chance, tout le monde!

VCE Exams

Finally, a number of our Unit 3 and 4 Japanese students participated in the online Japanese VCE exam morning last weekend. This event, run by the JLTAV (Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria), provides useful tips and strategies for preparing students for the external oral and written exams. The VCE oral exams for our three languages are all scheduled for the first two weeks of Term 4 and students are working hard with their teachers, classmates and OLMC oral tutors to prepare for these.

Fleur Davison
Languages Learning Leader