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Video La mappa misteriosa: episode 4 - Letters by numbers

TLF ID M013730

This is episode 4 of 'La mappa misteriosa', a 12-episode video series for Italian language students. This episode focuses on how to ask for and give directions using maps. The scenes take place in a real university library in Bologna that showcases ancient books and documents. The story, based in Bologna, follows Renata and her nephew Marco while they try to solve the mystery of a map that leads to a secret 'recipe' that can make the owner rich. Bookmarks are provided to move back and forth within the episode.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a highly valuable resource for both the Communicating and the Understanding strands of the Italian language curriculum for years 7, 8, 9 and 10. It supports learning core vocabulary and language functions in a realistic context with an engaging and visually appealing mystery story. It provides a variety of excellent models of spoken Italian. The scenery of Bologna and its surroundings also provides plenty of opportunity for cultural comparisons.
  • This resource supports completing tasks and reflections on how to translate between English and Italian to make meaning, and provides opportunities to begin noticing how language variability and awareness play a role in bilingual exchanges. The episode also allows for discussion about the role of language and culture in communication.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • Languages
  • Languages other than English

Other details

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Name: BBC
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  • Name: BBC
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
  • Interactive
  • Text
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