These courses enable learners to gain recognition for the achievement of considerable knowledge in a range of subject areas, as for example in the Leaving Certificate and one-year Post Leaving Certificate courses.
Courses may be academic or practical in focus, and awards that are recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to progression opportunities higher up in the framework.
The majority of people with certificates at this level are well prepared for occupations that involve using their knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include office secretary, customer service representatives, special needs assistant, retail salespersons and childcare workers.
Italian as a Leaving Cert subject aims to bring students closer to fluency in the Italian language, as well as developing a good knowledge of literature, culture, geography, and national history to provide a context for communication.
Why more Irish students should be studying Italian
What kind of student might Italian suit?
Italian is not offered by many schools as a core Leaving Cert subject choice, but that does not preclude any one from taking it outside school and sitting it at examination.
Some schools require all their Leaving Certificate students to take a language. If students have the option to choose whether or not to take a language, they should consider it seriously as it may determine the choices available to them when it comes to applying for college.
For example, a third language is a requirement of a number of departments in the NUI colleges -- University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD), NUI Galway and NUI Maynooth. The phrase, third language, refers to a language other than English and Irish, which, it is presumed, most students already study.
Departments in NUI colleges that require students to have a language include or Arts, Humanities, Law, Social Science, Commerce, Medicine and Health Sciences and some other degrees. A third language is not required for engineering or agriculture in these colleges.
Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the University of Limerick require students to have one language -- either Irish or a modern language, while Dublin City University (DCU) and the Institutes of Technology require students to pass Maths and English or Irish.
The Leaving Certificate Italian syllabus aims:
The aim is to continue and develop the aspects and aims of the Junior Cycle Programme and to develop skills in the following four areas leading to proficiency in all areas of the Italian language.
Modern languages require students to be proficient in the following skills:
The Leaving Certificate syllabus for Italian contains the following three broad components:
This syllabus structure aims to lead every pupil towards four basic outcomes as a result of the experience of modern language learning in the classroom:
(a) A communicative ability in Italian
(b) An awareness about language and communication
(c) An awareness of the culture associated with the Italian language
(d) Some idea of how to go about learning a foreign language
The examination will assess a candidate’s ability to:
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Italian is useful for careers in Fashion, Tourism, Hospitality, Food and Wine, Sales and Marketing, Teaching, Business and careers in the EU.
Please note this subject can also be used for language matriculation purposes for universities.This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.