09-Jan-15 12:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

Italian School system reforms

The Italian school system is totally different from the British one. After junior high school, at the age of 14, students are asked to choose amongst “Licei” (classico, scientifico and linguistico) and technical schools. The Italian government has recently published online a school reform proposal in order to share it with the citizens, and encourage what has been defined the wider public consultation ever made in Italy. The school reform has, as always, raised a lively debate especially online.


28-Nov-14 13:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Andrea Faustini UK X Factor

Andrea Faustini is a 20-year old student of Chinese and Korean languages from Rome. After failing the admission to the Italian X Factor and Sanremo Giovani he endeared X Factor Uk’s judges and is now one of the finalists of the popular programme. In 2008 he took part in the programme “Ti lascio una canzone” where he met Roberto Cenci who advised him to learn English and go to sing abroad. He had already tried with the Italian X Factor three times without succeeding. Things were about to change this year when he was admitted to the Italia X Factor but also to the UK’s one, so he had to choose between the home land and the UK.


28-Nov-14 13:46. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (11)

Talented Young Italians Awards UK

The first edition of the “Talented Young Italians” Award has acknowledged talented young Italians who excel in their careers working in the UK, and who are not only leaders but an example of leadership to other young people. The award is an initiative of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK - in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in London and with the patronage of H.E. Pasquale Terracciano, the Italian Ambassador.


09-Oct-14 15:43. By | Comments (19)

CLIL (Content and language integrated learning) introduced

From this year Italian students are going to study one of the subjects in their curriculum in a foreign language. It’s called “Content and Language Integrated Learning” (CLIL) and it has been introduced in other European countries from the 90’s. The CLIL will be effective in the third, fourth and fifth year of “linguistico” and in the fifth year of “licei” and “istituti tecnici”.


01-Aug-14 13:41. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (22)

Young Italians struggling with financial skills?

Italian teenagers are not good in Financial subjects. More than a fifth of Italian teens tested, failed to reach the most basic level set by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). An assessment of 15-year-olds’ financial literacy of the OECD showed that 21.7 percent of the Italian students quizzed, could, at best, make only simple financial decisions and recognize the difference between needs and wants. The figure was markedly higher than the OECD average of 15.3 percent.


10-Jul-14 16:39. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (23)

Young Italians shunning marriage

As the news agency “Reuters” has recently reported, the rate of marriages in Italy, especially among young people, has dropped to 3.3 per thousand of population, one of the lowest in Europe.


10-Jul-14 16:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (17)

Italian Students suffer from summer holidays

According to a research of the University “La sapienza” di Roma, too long Summer vacations are detrimental for learning. Italian students have the longest vacation in Europe and apparently this leads to a drop in learning, especially if the family environment is impoverished and parents can’t help with homework.


10-Jul-14 16:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (13)

Back home - Italy's poor 2014 World Cup Campaign

The Italian football team has returned home. After losing 1-0 against Uruguay they’ve been eliminated from the world cup at the first round. The last time Italy was kicked out for two consecutive times at the first round was in 1962 (Chile) and 1966 (England).


02-Jun-14 12:59. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (523)

OGI 2014 another great success

The 2014 games were once again a great success despite being dogged by dreary wet weather. Finchley was the victorious team winning the OGI Padre Russo shield for the 6th time, AS Londra Sud won the Les Rickard Trophy and St Peters won the Sportsmanship Award. The event, as usual, demonstrated the great benefits of an inclusive community displaying camaraderie, spirit and friendly, but fierce, competiveness. Perhaps the icing on the cake was the closing ceremony with presentation of gold, silver and bronze medals by Italian football legend Marco Tardelli, celebrity chefs Antonio Carluccio and Giorgio Locatelli and Consul General Massimiliano Mazzanti.


23-Apr-14 13:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Wine purchases by Italians lowest level since 1861

A recent Coldiretti research revealed that Italian wine consumption fell to its lowest since 1861. Italians drink much less than before. In 2013, Italians drank 22 million hectolitres of wine, less than the Americans and the French. The paradox is that, according to the study of Mediobanca, the industry continues to grow abroad. So if Italian wine abroad grows, increases turnover and employment, on the other hand domestic front consumption is collapsing. The wine purchases of Italian families fell by 7 per cent in 2013 to the lowest record since the Unification of Italy in 1861.


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