All International and Indigenous Language classes will be offered virtually for the 2020-21 school year.

The International and Indigenous Languages Program (IILP) provides opportunities for students to learn a language on Saturday mornings at the elementary or secondary school (high school credit) level.

General Information:

  • Elementary classes run 2 hours and 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays
  • Secondary classes run 3 hours and 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays

Students must have access to technology (computer, laptop or Chromebook) and the internet in order to be able to participate in the virtual IILP classes.

There are no fees associated with our language classes. If you are currently a fee-paying international student in your day school, please contact the WRDSB Enrolment/International Student Intake Officer at 519-570-0003 x 4350.

If you have questions, please call Continuing Education at 519-885-0800. Please do not call Day School Staff for information.

Elementary Virtual International Language Classes

The WRDSB is offering virtual classes through the Continuing Education department International and Indigenous Languages Program and is currently accepting registrations.

Format of Instruction

As this is a virtual learning opportunity, in order to participate in this program your child will need to have access to technology and the internet.

The total amount of instruction includes teaching time led by the IILP instructors, as well as the time students will spend working on learning engagements assigned by the instructors. The classes will involve meeting in Google Meet, studying materials posted in Google Classroom and Google Site as well as student on-line and off-line activities. With respect to inclusive practices, instructors will use instructional strategies and methods of communication with parents and students that are equitable and accessible to the students.

Important Registration Information

Elementary classes will begin on Saturday mornings in November. Please watch the website for more information regarding the Elementary start date. Space is limited. Please register early!

  • Please complete ONE registration form per child
  • Student Fees: Out-of-province students or those who are on a Student or Visitor Visa will be required to pay fees to the WRDSB
  • Non-WRDSB Student Residency & Citizenship Verification: As per the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, a verification of residence and citizenship status in Canada should be conducted for the completion of the registration process. Parents or guardians will be contacted through email to book virtual appointments for the completion of the verification process. Please see the required registration documents below.
  • Required registration documents for Non-WRDSB Students:
    • Proof of Address (e.g., 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:
      • 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)

Language classes will be offered subject to sufficient enrolment and availability. All registrants will be contacted once their application has been accepted.

Secondary Credit Virtual Language Program

Registration for our Secondary Credit Virtual Language Program is now closed for the 2020-21 school year.

The WRDSB is offering Secondary credit virtual language classes through the Continuing Education department. Through the Secondary Credit Virtual Language Program, students can develop oral communication, reading and writing skills in languages other than English or French.

Format of Instruction

As this is a virtual learning opportunity, in order to participate in this program your child will need to have access to technology and the internet.

Credit courses will be scheduled for 110 hours of instruction students will access the virtual language program through Brightspace/D2L. With respect to inclusive practices, instructors will use instructional strategies and methods of communication with parents and students that are equitable and accessible to the students.

Important Registration Information

The International and Indigenous Languages Program is currently accepting registrations at the Secondary (credit course) level for the following languages: Arabic, German, Gujarati, Mandarin, Punjabi, Romanian, Serbian.

Secondary classes will begin on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 9 a.m.

  • Please complete ONE registration form per child
    • Secondary Credit Virtual Language Program registration form
  • Student Fees: Out-of-province students or those who are on a Student or Visitor Visa will be required to pay fees to the WRDSB
  • Non-WRDSB Student Residency & Citizenship Verification: As per the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, a verification of residence and citizenship status in Canada should be conducted for the completion of the registration process. Parents or guardians will be contacted through email to book virtual appointments for the completion of the verification process. Please see the required registration documents below.
  • Required registration documents for Non-WRDSB Students:
    • Proof of Address (e.g., 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:
      • 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)

Language classes will be offered subject to sufficient enrolment and availability. All registrants will be contacted once their application has been accepted.