Languages at St Robert's
'There are, perhaps, a great many kinds of languages in the world, and no kind is without meaning.' (1 Corinthians 14:10)
In 2020 St Robert’s began implementing a contemporary pedagogical approach to Italian Language teaching called TCL, Teachers as Co-Learners. We understand that learners need to hear and use new functional words up to at least 40 times before they retain them. This is achieved daily through short 15 minute Italian language-focused sessions that involve multi-modal exposure and repetition, which allows students to anchor their new language in depth and to transfer knowledge to long-term memory through interweaving and recycling across contexts. A strong emphasis is placed on the use of learnt spoken words alongside gestures and the visuals.
All teachers and students are co-learners of the Italian language and are supported by; a proficient speaking Language Assistant who supports the learning journey, and access to structured language resources to ensure the successful implementation of TCL.
The TCL program also allows students to make explicit Literacy connections between their L1 (first language) and L2 (additional language). In participating in this innovative program, students demonstrate an increase in language acquisition and retention, higher levels of student engagement and confidence, and success in producing the target language spontaneously.