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Learn a Language, Earn a Credit

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 on which the International Languages Program at the Ottawa Catholic School Board was developed.

International & Indigenous Languages Secondary (Credit) Courses for All Grades at All Levels

September 21, 2024 to June 7, 2025
9:00 am – 12:30 pm every Saturday
Registration deadline: October 19, 2024

This program enables high-school students and adult students to learn and maintain a language other than English and French. Students can earn up to three credits towards their Ontario high school diploma. The program also aims to:

  • foster global awareness and understanding
  • prepare students for post-secondary studies and careers in business, trade and communications
  • enable global skills for travel, International Student exchanges and other opportunities here and abroad
  • develop communication skills for international/global employment opportunities.

Classes will be offered virtually and/or in-person. If in-person classes must be cancelled, students will be offered the ability to switch to virtual learning.

Language Format Location for In-person
ASL (American Sign Language) In-Person – St. Mother Teresa HS
440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
– All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave., Kanata
Arabic In-person St. Patrick’s High School
2525 Alta Vista Dr., Ottawa
Farsi In-person St. Mother Teresa HS
440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
Hungarian Virtual N/A
Igbo Virtual N/A
Italian Virtual & In-Person Frank Ryan Catholic Int School, 128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa
Korean Virtual & In-Person
Virtual on Tue/Thurs evenings
St. Mother Teresa HS
440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
Mandarin (Simplified) Virtual & In-Person – Notre Dame HS, 710 Broadview Ave., Ottawa
– Holy Trinity HS, 180 Katimavik Rd., Kanata
– St. Mother Teresa HS, 440 Longfields Dr., Barrhaven
Polish In-Person St. Nicholas Adult HS, 893 Admiral Ave., Ottawa
Punjabi Virtual N/A
Russian Virtual & In-Person St. George Elementary School, 130 Keyworth Ave., Ottawa
Spanish Virtual & In-Person Frank Ryan Catholic Int School, 128 Chesterton Dr., Ottawa
Ukrainian Virtual Holy Trinity HS, 180 Katimavik Rd., Kanata
Yoruba Virtual N/A
We offer the following courses:
Language Level 1 Academic Level 1 Open Level 2 Academic Level 2 Open Level 3 Academic Level 3 Open
American Sign Language (ASL) LASBO
Arabic LYABD LYABO LYACU LYACO LYADU LYADO
Farsi LYFBD LYFBO LYFCU LYFCO LYFDU LYFDO
Hungarian LRHBD LRHBO
Italian LWIBD LWIBO LWICU LWICO LWIDU LWIDO
Igbo LDIBD LDIBO
Korean LKKBD LKKBO LKKCU LKKCO LKKDU LKKDO
Mandarin (Simplified) LKBBD LKBBO LKBCU LKBCO LKBDU LKBDO
Polish LRPBD LRPBO LRPCU LRPCO LRPDU LRPDO
Punjabi LIPBD LIPBO LIPCU LIPCO LIPDU LIPDO
Russian LRRBD LRRBO LRRCU LRRCO LRRDU LRRDO
Spanish LWSBD LWSBO LWSCU LWSCO LWSDU LWSDO
Ukrainian LRUBD LRUBO LRUCU LRUCO LRUDU LRUDO
Yoruba LDYBD LDYBO LDYCU LDYCO

The Ottawa Catholic School Board reserves the right to cancel any program if enrolment is low. 

Eligibility, prerequisites, curriculum
  • Grade 9-12 students in the 2024-2025 school year, and adults with or without prior linguistic and cultural background are eligible for the program.

  • Grade 8 students entering into grade 9 in 2024-2025 are eligible for the program. 

  • Adult students must meet the same requirements as high school students with regards to attendance and completion of assignments.
  • All IL credit courses follow the Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 to 12, Classical Studies and International Languages (revised 2016) and are accepted as credits towards a high school diploma. Current graduation requirements recognize at least one credit in a third language. 
  • There are three levels of credit language courses:
    • Level 1: Academic (BD) or Open (BO)
    • Level 2: University (CU) or Open (CO)
    • Level 3: University (DU) or Open (DO)
  • CU and DU level courses have prerequisites (BD and CU respectively) 
  • CO and DO level courses have prerequisites (BO and CO respectively)

REGISTER for the 2024 – 2025 school year

  • Consumable Fee: $10 (payable online)
  • Students from Quebec or International students residing in Ontario must pay a tuition fee of $525 (payable online)
  • Online payments can be made between June 4 and October 19, 2024

If you have questions, please call 613-723-7757.

New calendar will be available later

Required Documents:
As per the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, the following supporting documents MUST be reviewed by the Continuing Education Department prior to registration into the program. After you submit the registration form, we will assess what documents will be required and inform you by email.

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Proof of Address:

Current Property Tax Bill; Current Utility Bill; Home Phone/Cable/Internet Bill.
Note: A driver’s license is not accepted as proof of address

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Proof of Citizenship and Status in Canada:

  • 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)

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) has committed to enhancing its educational offerings by providing Indigenous language courses to students. It aligns with the Board’s dedication to The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls To Action. The OCSB understands and respects the unique learning requirements of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. The Board acknowledges the importance of imparting the truth about Canadian history, including the legacy of residential schools, as outlined in Call to Action #62. Moreover, the Board recognizes the evolving dynamics between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Canada.

In pursuit of its commitment to reconciliation, the OCSB has actively responded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action through various initiatives. However, the Board currently needs educators who are available to teach Indigenous language courses. If you know of individuals proficient in Indigenous languages interested in sharing their knowledge, please encourage them to contact The Continuing and Community Education Department. It’s important to note that Ontario College of Teachers certification is not a requirement for interested educators. Everyone is welcome to join the OCSB to foster cultural understanding and linguistic diversity within our educational community.

Interested in Learning an International Language over the Summer?

If you would like to take a language course over the summer, we do offer summer programs!

Learn more