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City of London

School for girls

The mission of the Italian department is to introduce the Italian language to sixth formers who are adventurous and committed to the study of languages.

The department aims:

  • to demonstrate just how quickly girls with some kind of linguistic background can pick up a new language
  • to give students a sound knowledge and understanding of Italian grammar
  • to enable students to learn independently using materials available at school and at home
  • to give the girls an appreciation of Italian culture, including a basic introduction to Italian literature and film
  • to equip pupils with the skills needed to become effective language learners at any stage of their lives

As a department, we aim to inspire girls to learn more about Italian language and culture. Students who opt for these courses often have a desire to pursue MFL when they leave school or who already have an appreciation of Italian culture through their own studies of history or history of art, for example.

The girls are supported by our excellent Italian assistant.

Students learn quickly how the language mirrors a number of other languages, making it easy to understand and apply. They are often surprised by just how quickly the learning of this language can take place so effectively. Many girls are inspired to pursue Italian at university as a result of this initial exposure.


The course is very fast paced and results are always excellent. The girls surprise themselves by how much they can learn in such a short space of time.


Italian is available to all year 12 as a GCSE course which is taken alongside the first year of A level. No previous knowledge of Italian is required for the GCSE. In order to help the girls with their oral preparation, they will have one lesson every week with an Italian assistant. The course is an intensive one but the girls seem to enjoy moving along quickly as most students tend to have some familiarity with French, Spanish or Latin, all of which are of great help linguistically.

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"Italian is a great course to take because you learn so much in such a short time and there is absolutely no pressure!" Atonia

Head of department: Ms E Perkins