Key points

  • Italian is a widely spoken language around the world.

  • It is the second most spoken language in Australia.

  • Italy's capital, Rome, has a history stretching thousands of years.

  • Italy is home to many iconic attractions.

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  • Italian (italiano or lingua italiana) is a Romance language (a language developed out of Latin) spoken as a native language by about 70 million people.
  • According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Italian is the second most widely spoken language in Australia.
  • It is also important as a language of culture – used in music, opera and literature.

There are many websites and podcasts available to support learners. Below are just a few:


History and culture

  • Italy's capital, Rome, is the birthplace of western civilization and for centuries was the capital of the Roman Empire.
  • Rome's history covers two and a half thousand years.
  • According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 BC by twin boys, Romulus and Remus, who were rescued and nursed by a wolf.
  • The history of Italy is visible through its iconic attractions, including the Colosseum, Michelangelo's famous work on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, the leaning tower of Pisa and the Vatican City, a city-state ruled by the Catholic pope.
  • Other historical attractions and landmarks in Italy include the Tuscan capital of Florence and its Accademia Gallery – which holds Michelangelo's famous sculpture of David – and the Uffizi Gallery.
  • The city of Venice, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation world heritage site, is famous for its canals, Saint Mark's Basilica and Renaissance palaces on the Grand Canal.





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Doing it by the book

As a parent it's only natural to want to help your child, but when it comes to homework and study, the completed work should be theirs.

Here are some important points to remember to ensure your child is following good practice for a lifetime of learning.