Italian is a core subject at Sunbury Downs College at Year 7. Students in Year 8 – 10 have the opportunity to continue this study as an elective subject. Italian is also offered in VCE, where a more intensive study of the Italian language and grammar is offered, using prescribed themes and concepts. Cultural understandings are also promoted through active engagement with a wide range of audio-visual materials such as films, music, short stories, blogs and comics. The course is designed to further extend and consolidate students' knowledge of the Italian language through the mediums of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It also aims to prepare students for further study in the language and to integrate the benefits of bilingualism for career and leisure purposes.