Italian Studies

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Digital Representations of Student Performance for Assessment, Page: 125-167

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Cooper, Martin G
Springer Nature; Sense Publishers; SensePublishers
Social Sciences; Education; Evaluation; Curriculum evaluation.; Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
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The Italian component of this research project was undertaken in the context of the senior school Italian courses in Western Australia. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority website ( summarises the Italian course as follows: Learning a language expands students' horizons as both national and global citizens of the 21st century. The study of Italian is relevant to students in Australia because Italian is a strong community language: The history of Italian settlement in Australia can be traced to the First Fleet in 1788 and Italianspeaking communities in Australia continue to play a significant role in our society. Italy is also a major destination for Australian travellers. The Italian course develops the ability of students to communicate in Italian, understand aspects of the language and develop a greater respect for the Italian people, their rich and diverse culture, traditions and belief systems. The study of Italian may also provide opportunities for continued learning and for future employment and experience, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as public relations, commerce, hospitality, education, marketing, international relations, media and tourism.