Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. At St. George's School we believe that the study of a second language is an integral component of a boy's educational life. Exposure to new languages, cultures, and ways of thinking are all part of the healthy growth of body, mind, and spirit, as embodied in the school's mission statement. The knowledge of another language is invaluable in building socially responsible citizens who will help build strong communities throughout the world.

At St. George's School, all students must be enrolled in a language until the end of Grade 11. The school offers six languages in the timetable: French, German, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish. There is also an opportunity to learn Greek at lunch hours in the Greek Club. Many students take advantage of the languages offered, studying more than one language while at St. George's.

The Department follows the curriculum guidelines published by the Ministry of Education for all its language courses. Latin is the only exception, as it is a locally-developed course, which prepares the students at the end of their study for the National Latin Exam. All language courses at St. George's lead to cumulative exams.

As well, enrichment is offered for all of the language programs, from grades 8-12. Students may also choose to sit the Advanced Placement Exams in any of the languages offered. The department currently offers  AP courses in French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Japanese and Latin in the timetable. These courses provide further opportunities to improve fluency and competence in the language, and are recognized by many universities for credit. 

In addition, the department offers a myriad of language contests, clubs, and extra-curricular language-related activities to further support language learning. The teachers in the department are committed to helping each student develop his language skills to the best of his ability and to instilling a love and appreciation of language-learning.

Languages Downloads

List of 13 members.

  • Ms. Patrice Dixon 

    Head of Languages
    (604) 224 1304 x3727
    Bio
  • Ms. Martha Bassett 

    Teacher / Clubs Coordinator
    (604) 224 1304 x3723
    Bio
  • Mr. Igor Bilykh 

    Teacher
    (604) 221 3747
    Bio
  • Mr. Christopher Healy 

    Head of Grade 9 / Teacher
    (604) 224 1304 x3610
  • Ms. Tanya Peters 

    Teacher/House Parent
    (604) 224 1304 x3691
    Bio
  • Ms. Catherine Mori 

    Teacher
    (604) 221 3635
    Bio
  • Ms. Christine Wessler Boensch 

    Head of University Counselling / Languages and Film Teacher
    (604) 221 3644
  • Mr. James Wyatt 

    Teacher
    (604) 224 1304 x3702
    Bio
  • Mr. William Collins 

    Associate Principal, Academics
    (604) 224 1304 x3613
  • Ms. Jane Jin Ling Li 

    Teacher
    (604) 224 1304 x3725
  • Ms. Sylva Pohanka 

    Teacher
    (604) 224 1304 x3755
  • Mr. Alan Sherman 

    Teacher
    (604) 221 3642
    Bio
  • Ms. Lucy Li 

    Mandarin Teacher
    604-224-1304 ext. 3670
Founded in 1930, St. George's School is a world-class boys' university preparatory school, offering a day program in Grades 1-12 and an Urban Boarding program in Grades 8-12. With 1150 students, 109 of whom are boarders from over 20 countries worldwide, St. George's School truly is Canada's World School for Boys.
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