“Una lingua diversa è una diversa visione della vita”. (Federico Fellini)
A different language is a different vision of life.
University College School is renowned for the breadth of education which it provides and from September 2018, the number of modern languages taught at the Senior School will increase as Italian will now be offered to Year 9 pupils. Pupils in that year can already choose to study a selection of French, German, Mandarin and Spanish as well as the classics, Latin and Greek, but their choice will be even greater from September. Tom Underwood, Head of Modern Languages, stated, “In a post-Brexit world, the study of languages has never been so essential and we are very proud of our provision and the range of opportunities available to our pupils.”
The teaching of Italian will be led by Claudia Bandera who has been impressed by the popularity of the Italian Club with younger pupils. Italian has a long history of being the language of the Arts and the country’s cultural relevance is immediately identifiable. The language plays a major role in international relations as an official language of the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The move to include Italian in the curriculum adds to the Modern Languages Department’s pleasing news that the number of pupils studying Mandarin next year will be higher than ever before.