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International and Indigenous Languages
International and Indigenous Languages

Thank you for your interest in the International and Indigenous Languages 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 elementary program, except for a consumable fee. Decisions to run courses are based on sufficient student enrolment and teacher availability.

Elementary Program (Senior Kindergarten - Grade 8)

​The Elementary International and Indigenous Languages program helps students develop oral communication, reading and writing skills in languages other than English or French. 

Secondary Program (Grade 9 - 12)

Students in the Secondary International Languages program can earn up to three credits towards graduation.

  • Please visit the Credit International Languages program​ page for registration information. 

  • For more information, please visit the International and Indigenous Languages - FAQs page.

    ​Research shows that speaking more than one language is a great asset to cognitive processes and may:
    • improve how the brain functions such as improving memory and concentration
    • enhance decision-making and multi-tasking skills
    • open future employment opportunities 

Interested in Teaching?

YRDSB offers instruction in 23 languages at 34 different sites to approximately 15,000 students each year - one of the largest International and Indigenous programs in the province.

If you are interested in applying to teach any of the offered languages, please visit the YRDSB Career Opportunities page.

The York Region District School Board recognizes the importance of learning experiences involving International and Indigenous Languages.

 

 
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