Teaching and Learning of Languages at Glen Eira College

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart

Nelson Mandela

To have another language is to possess a second soul


Bonjour, Shalom, Konnichiwa!

At Glen Eira College, our students not only learn a language but they live the language.

We offer 3 languages:

  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese

French classes


There are 3 options available for the learning of French at Glen Eira College.

  • French 1st language program
  • French Immersion
  • French LOTE (Language other than English)

For information on the teaching and learning of French, please go to the french page.


Hebrew at Glen Eira College is offered for years 7, 8 and 9 with the view to prepare our students for VCE Hebrew, should they choose to undertake the subject in years 11 and 12. Some students are offered further extension depending on their abilities.

Students focus on the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Grammar and linguistics are integrated with content, and topics come alive as students actively read, write, hear and speak Hebrew. They study texts and generate written responses and develop their conversational and listening skills. They also further develop their understanding and appreciation of the culture.

Our experienced teacher is motivated and ensures that all students have a positive experience in Hebrew. Activities include written response to text and creative writing, reading and listening comprehension, conversations, role plays, presentations, and ICT supported activities.

Hebrew classes

Japanese classes


The college endorses the importance of Asian languages being taught in Australian schools. The course is divided into speaking, listening, reading, writing and intercultural components.

Students begin by understanding and using Japanese within the world of their experience and then to that of beyond their immediate world. Students analyse the relationship between language and culture, identifying cultural references in texts and considering how language reflects and influences perspectives.

By exploring real context and meaningful language use, students will learn to notice, analyse, make connections and reflect on their own and others’ languages and cultures. Students analyse and create a variety of texts, including primary sources, songs, manga, conversations, anime, movies, language exercises and adapted texts, with particular reference to their social, cultural and communicative interests. Grammar and linguistics are integrated with content in order to demonstrate to students how to use them in a meaningful context.

Students learn to use and understand the relationship between the three written scripts of hiragana, katakana and kanji. They read, view, create and interact with a growing range of written texts for a variety of informative, transactional and communicative purposes.