Learning a language at John McGlashan College means learning about the world around us and going beyond the immediate living context of our boys. Living in a globalized world like ours, the ability to speak and understand a second language is extremely valuable. It provides students with intercultural communication skills allowing them to be better equipped as they move through this world.

Within the language classroom context, our students have cultural as well as linguistic experiences and thereby not only learn about the people of this world but also become more aware of their own culture and language.

Currently we offer three languages:

French year 8-13 (NCEA and IB)
German year 8-13 (NCEA and IB)
Spanish year 12-13 (IB and initio)

Immersion Camps

Usually once a year the senior students attend a language immersion camp where they spend one or more days with language students from schools all around Otago and engross themselves fully in the language through cultural and language activities. It gives students a sense of language community and makes connections between schools that are often long lasting.  


The French and German program offer exchanges to France and Germany and Spanish will be going on their exchange program for the first time at the end of 2015. For all exchanges the students are living with families and a host partner, are part of the host partner’s school and for 6 weeks are fully immersed in the culture and language. Students often see this as an experience of a lifetime and for many it has changed the course their life has taken due to the friendships and relationships they established while being overseas or having their host partner here with their own families.  


In order to make communication an authentic experience we collaborate with schools not only within Dunedin, for example for film projects, but also from all over the world so our students can get a sense of natural language exchange. For example, our year 9 students are currently working on a pen pal exchange with the Kant Gymnasium in Berlin, which includes letters and creative and informative videos. 


What has been happening in languages this year?

The short answer is; a lot. The longer answer can be found in the article below. 

Posted: Saturday October 28, 2017

Ichikawa Gakuen High School - John McGlashan College

A longstanding friendship and partnership. 

Posted: Saturday October 28, 2017

German classes on Camp or: Das Talkfest

Fresh off a relaxing school holidays after a successful first 11 weeks, German students from Years 11 to 13 spent the first night of the new term at Camp Tirohanga near Mosgiel, as part of a German “talkfest” with students from Columba College, Otago Girls High School, and Bayfield.

Posted: Thursday May 11, 2017

German Exchange 2017

Many people wonder why someone would spend several thousand dollars on an exchange.

Posted: Tuesday March 21, 2017