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International & Indigenous Languages – Elementary

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Student success includes thriving in a global society, and access to more than one culture and language enriches the lives of students, families and the community. This is the foundation in which the International & Indigenous Languages Program at the Ottawa Catholic School Board was developed. The program is designed to develop language skills as well as an appreciation for diversity through FREE classes that run on Saturday mornings (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) for 32 weeks from September to June. We offer on-going walk-in registration so that you can join at anytime! Classes are FREE for Ontario residents.

The International & Indigenous Languages Program – Elementary, promotes cultural and linguistic diversity, and is available for all children of elementary age (starting at age 4), regardless of their language background and the school board they attend. Along with learning another language, students will participate in many diverse activities such as storytelling, role playing, writing/speech contests, dance and more!

Morning classes – 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

These classes are offered for grades JK to 8.

Amharic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Creole, Croatian, Dari, Dutch, Hungarian, Inuktitut, Italian, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Korean, Lingala, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Pashto, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Turkish, Yoruba

Afternoon classes (Beginner level only) – 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

These classes are available for grades 2 to 8.

Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Spanish

Beginner Level Instruction (Grades 2 to 8 only)

A beginner level class is for students with no prior knowledge of the language or for those students who have some cultural familiarity but limited language knowledge. Beginner classes are only available to students in Grades 2 – 8. The afternoon classes are only for beginner level students.

Virtual Program

Students may register for one of the following choices:

  1. one morning class (Grades JK – Grade 8)
  2. one afternoon class (Grades 2 – Grade 8) (Note: Beginner students only)
  3. one morning class and one afternoon class (Different languages am/pm)

Students will participate in many diverse activities such as storytelling, role playing, writing/speech contests, dance and more! Classes will be delivered online using Google Meet for synchronous learning and Google Classroom to access learning materials.

Eligibility

  • Students who are in JK to Grade 8 in the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Students must be available for the full duration of the class time.
  • Students from Ontario and Quebec living in the Ottawa area.

As per the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, the following supporting documents of NEW students to our program must be reviewed by the Continuing Education Department prior to confirmation of the registration. We will email parents on the details of this process on receipt of the registration.

Required Documentation

As per the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, the following supporting documents of NEW students to our program must be reviewed by the Continuing Education Department prior to confirmation of the registration. We will email parents on the details of this process on receipt of the registration.

Proof of Address (only one required):

  • Current Property Tax Bill
  • Current Utility Bill
  • Home Phone/Cable/Internet Bill
  • Please note, Driver’s License is not acceptable

Proof of Citizenship and Status in Canada (only one required):

  • Canadian Citizen (Birth Certificate, Passport, Baptismal Certificate)
  • Permanent Resident (Permanent Resident Card, Stage One Approval letter, Equivalent Documentation from
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirming approval in principle)
  • Refugee Status: Documentation from IRCC confirming status, Consideration of eligibility (Convention refugee)
  • Diplomat Status / Minister’s Permit
  • Student Visa (Study Permit)
  • Visitor Visa (Visitor Record)

Register

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now closed. Visit this web page again later in June to register for the 2022-2023 school year.

Registration for our summer program 2022 is open.

Fees

  • 2021 – 2022 Virtual Program is offered free-of-charge to Ontario residents
  • A tuition fee of $160/language/child will be applied to out-of-province and International Students, and Visitors to Canada. Note: if a fee paying student cancels we will refund a prorated amount minus a $15 admin fee.
  • There are no consumable fees for the 2021-2022 Virtual IILE Program.

Summer Programs

Interested in our Elementary Summer Programs?

Learn more

Please note…

The Ottawa Catholic School Board reserves the right to cancel any program due to lack of registration.