Quirky comics: Italian – Sono malato 1

This beginner text is about students who feel sick at school and have to go to the school nurse.

The Quirky comics video texts support the teaching of 'Understanding texts' outcomes in the Modern Languages K-10 Syllabus. This can be done in many ways, including:

  • Students can use the provided transcripts to read the stories aloud and record themselves perform the stories as plays.
  • They can summarise, sequence, extend and change the beginning or ending of the stories.
  • They can write profiles of the characters and then put them in different situations.

The texts can also lead to communicative 'Interacting' or 'Creating texts' tasks, such as, telling a nurse why you don’t feel well or writing an invitation to a birthday party.

Watch 'Sono malato – Level 1' (2:10)

Sono malato – Level 1

(Duration: 2 minutes 10 seconds)

Frame 1-1

Girl with braids: Che fame!

Frame 1-2

Boy with blond tuft: Buongiorno professore, Francesca sta male.

Frame 1-3

Girl with braids: Ho mal di pancia

Frame 1-4

Teacher: Andate in infermeria

Frame 1-5

Boy with blond tuft: Andiamo in infermeria.

Frame 1-6

Girl with braids: Sto male!

Frame 2-1

Boy with blond tuft: Infermiera. Francesca sta male.

Frame 2-2

Nurse: Stai male?

Frame 2-3

Nurse: Vediamo…

Frame 3-1

Nurse: …ecco un cerotto!

Frame 3-2

Boy with blond tuft: Cosa! Un cerotto?

Frame 3-3

Boy with blond tuft: In un'altra stanza. Come stanno?

Frame 3-4

Nurse: Lei ha mal d'orecchio. Lui ha mal di testa.

Frame 4-1

Boy with blue helmet: Ahi! Che male!

Frame 4-2

Girl with red hair: Come stai Roberto?

Frame 4-3

Boy with blue helmet: Male. Ahi.

Frame 4-4

Girl with red hair: Perche'?

Frame 4-5

Boy with blue helmet: Ho il piede gonfio.

Frame 4-6

Girl with red hair: Andiamo in infermeria.

Frame 4-7

Nurse voice over: Ecco un cerotto.

Frame 5-1

Boy with red nose: Ho freddo.

Frame 5-2

Boy with red nose: Sto male.

Frame 5-3

Nurse voice over: Ecco un cerotto.

Frame 6-1

Boy with blond tuft: Ci sono solo cerotti. Non ci sono medicine. Andiamo.

Frame 6-2

Teacher: Va bene, ragazzi. Ora telefono.

Frame 6-3

Teacher: Pronto?

Frame 7-1

Truck arrives: Un camion arriva alla scuola

Frame 7-2

Nurse: Bene. Ecco i cerotti.

[End of transcript]


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Languages K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2019

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