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International and Indigenous Languages
International and Indigenous Languages

Due to the pandemic our program will be online only, there will be no classes in person.

Thank you for your interest in the International and Indigenous Languages (IIL) program at the York Region District School Board (YRDSB). We are pleased to welcome you to our exciting program.

  • The program is available to all YRDSB and non-YRDSB students
  • No prior language experience is necessary
  • Classes run Tuesday to Friday evenings and Saturday mornings
The program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education and is intended for students who wish to learn a new language, preserve their own language or enhance their intercultural awareness. There is no cost to enroll in the program, except for a consumable and resource fee.
Please note: Courses are subject to enrollment and teacher availability. Stacked classes may be created based on registration numbers. Additional fees are required for international fee-paying visa students.


Research shows that speaking more than one language has many cognitive benefits and may: 
  • improve how the brain functions, such as improving memory and concentration
  • enhance decision-making and multi-tasking skills
  • open future employment opportunities 


Program Delivery - September 2020

Due to the pandemic, International and Indigenous Language classes for SK to Grade 12 students will take place online, not in the school buildings. Teachers will teach live language lessons in real time using Google Classroom to provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities during the regularly scheduled language class.
What does this mean? Your child will use Google Classroom to see the teacher teach the live lesson during the regularly scheduled language class.

If a student is not able to participate in a live lesson during the regular scheduled class, alternative asynchronous support is provided to ensure the student has access to the online learning (e.g., posting of pre-recorded material or tasks for reference at a later time).


We look forward to providing engaging, online language learning through our Google Classrooms until normal in class language instruction resumes.


Due to the pandemic there will be no in-person registration. Alternative registration methods are available below and more program details can be found on the elementary program and secon​dary credit program webpages.


Elementary Courses (SK TO GRADE 8)

Please note changes in the Elementary Program start dates:

  • All elementary weekday classes will begin at 6:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm.
  • All elementary Saturday Classes will begin at 9:30 am and end at 12:00 pm.

  • For locations, times and dates, please see the list of Elementary courses. 

Secondary Courses (GRADES 9 TO 12)


There will be no in-person registration in the Fall 2020. Please follow the instructions below to register.

Elementary (SK to Grade 8) Program Registration

Elementary (SK to Grade 8) IIL program registration is open. Refer to our revised brochure for the most up-to-date information about class start dates and times.

Online registration is available to YRDSB and NON-YRDSB students:

NOTE: Use of a laptop or desktop is highly recommended. Edsby cannot support online registration from any mobile or tablet device.

No consumable fees will be collected at this time.

Secondary (Grades 9 to 12) Credit Program Registration

Credit classes begin September 26, 2020. Secondary (Grades 9 to 12) IIL registration will not be accepted after the third class. Refer to the brochure for the most up-to-date information about class start dates and times.

YRDSB students:

Non-YRDSB students:

If you require assistance, please contact our office at

More information on the elementary program and secondary credit program is available on our webpages.


 Program Brochures


​Click to view the Elementary Program Brochure

Click to view the Secondary Program Brochure



 Site Calendars


​For your convenience, site calendars are available to download.

Printed copies are available at the language site during program hours.

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