Languages & ESOL

Languages & ESOL

With a range of courses across several media, including painting, printmaking,
photography, and design, we offer a high quality visual arts education.

Nelson College is proud to have a vibrant and creative Arts Faculty. We have experienced and enthusiastic teachers who are committed to developing great students and providing great opportunities.

Cristina Armstrong-Hernandez

Faculty Leader


Languages can take you in many directions. Learning another language not only teaches you more about the wider world and your place in it, but it helps you to understand more about your own language and culture.

Junior Courses

Year 9 Japanese – optional half year course

Year 10 Japanese – optional half or full year course

Years 9-10 Te Reo Māori – optional half or full year courses


Senior Courses

Levels 1-3 Japanese – optional

Levels 1 Te Reo Māori – Te Ao Haka – optional

Levels 2-3 Te Reo Māori – optional


English for Speakers of
Other Languages (ESOL)

Junior courses look at one core language skill focus per term, through the lens of media, literature, short stories, nonfiction, radio, music, poetry and film which are accessible to students at each level.

Classes in the senior school are now divided into two pathways: the Academic Pathway and the Practical Pathway. Students in senior classes work through a syllabus based upon core skills, completing a combination of unit and achievement standards.

Junior Courses

ESOL Immersion

Years 9-10 ESOL

Senior Courses

Levels 1-2 ESOL

Level 3 Practical Pathway ESOL

Level 3 Academic Pathway ESOL