Promoting the Italian language
The Italian Ambassador to Australia, Pier Francesco Zazo, and the Minister of Education in Victoria, Martin Dixon, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the teaching of the Italian language in schools.
Following the signing ceremony, which took place in Melbourne, Mr Zazo said, “By leveraging the presence of a community of over 300,000 people of Italian descent, who were proudly tied to their roots and traditions, we can now offer even more opportunities to learn Italian, pursuing an important goal, which we share with the Victorian Government.”
As a result of the agreement, students and teachers in Victoria will be encouraged to develop their language skills through annual refresher courses. Teachers will also have access to professional development programs supervised by non-profit organisation CO.AS.IT.
Currently, Italian is the most commonly taught second language in government primary schools in Victoria, with 48,804 students taking part in Italian classes in 170 primary schools in 2013.