Immersion was established five years ago. This bilingual program allows students from year 7 to year 9 to study their LOTE subject, which is Italian, and also offers the opportunity to learn three content subjects, Maths, Geography and History, delivered in Italian.
"It is scientifically proven that students who are part of a bilingual program, don’t only improve in their LOTE subject, but also score higher in other subjects" - Massimiliano Tosi, Program coordinator
"The exposure to the Italian language has immediate effects on students listening a reading comprehension abilities Annalisa Nardi" – Italian Immersion Teacher
There are various reasons that motivate young learners to opt for this program. Some students want to speak Italian to their grandparents, some others love the culture of the ‘Belpaese’ (The beautiful country as Italians say), some follow the Italian Serie A soccer league and some believe that speaking Italian could be useful in the future and it’s not limited to the professional world.
"I like everything about the Italian culture. But the number one reason why I study the language... are the girls" - Trent "Terenzio", a Year 11 student at Gladstone Park
This is what Gladstone Park teachers, coordinators and students told us about Immersion program.
For more information on Gladstone Park's Immersion program, here's the College's website.