It has been an excellent Term 1 and start to Term 2 for Italian 3 students! After a short review at the beginning of the year, students started off with the imperativo tense (commands). This is an incredibly useful tense to know for conversational, practical language use: from giving directions, instructing someone to do a particular task and more, the imperativo comes up a lot! Students learned how to instruct/give directions to one person, to a group of people and to a formal audience. Once we learned the grammar, it was time to get to work and use our new tense in authentic contexts.
First, we created party invitations to use the informal commands. Students created invitations for all different types of parties: from Halloween parties, birthday celebrations, Yankee Swap gift exchanges – and even a cat’s birthday party! The invitations gave lots of information: “arrive by 8” or “bring gifts” – allowing students to really demonstrate their knowledge of the imperative tense. See below for some great samples of student work.
Next, students used the formal commands to create memes. The memes were designed to (politely and formally) instruct teachers on how to be a good teacher. Students had lots of formal suggestions: from “don’t give us homework” to “bring your students coffee each day”. There are some great examples below!
The culminating project for our unit on the imperativo was a cooking project! Students chose recipes, re-writing them in Italian using commands. We learned some new targeted vocabulary (cooking verbs like “bake, preheat and stir”) and put them to good use in some fantastic, creative videos! Today both sections of Italian 3 presented their videos to the class, and brought along the treats they made in their videos! It was a great opportunity for students to reflect on what they learned, see each other’s work and enjoy some delicious snacks!
Moving forward, Italian 3 students have started to cover our next unit: the imperfect (or imperfetto) tense. This tense is used to speak descriptively about the past, especially about repeated, habitual past actions. We’ll be learning how to speak about our childhoods, describe past events and more. I’m looking forward to another fantastic term with this incredible group of students!
Ciao for now!