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International and Indigenous Languages
International and Indigenous Languages


If schools remain closed in the fall 2020 due to the pandemic, International and Indigenous Language classes for SK to Grade 12 student will take place online. Teachers will use Google Classroom to provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities during the regularly scheduled language class. Google Meet is the platform to be used by staff and students when teachers meet in "real time" with students through one and/or two-way audio or video conferencing. Teachers can also use real time connections to provide feedback to students.
If a student is not able to participate in a live conference during the regular scheduled class, alternative asynchronous support is provided to ensure the student has access to the 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.


Consumable fees will be collected when schools re-open for International and Indigenous language classes and normal in class language instruction resumes.


There will be no in person registration in the fall 2020. Please use Edsby (SK to grade 8 students) or myPathway Planner (Grades 9 to 12 students) to register. If you require assistance please contact our office at
Paper registration is available for non-YRDSB students and if online registration is not accessible. Complete the International and Indigenous Registration Form and send a scanned copy to Please ensure all fields are completed on the form. 

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 enrol 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 

Elementary Program

(Senior Kindergarten - Grade 8)

Online registration opens July 13

​The Elementary International and Indigenous Languages program helps students develop skills in oral communication, reading and writing in languages other than English or French. 
  • When International and Indigenous language programs resume normal in class instruction, in person registration, at the language location, will be available during language class hours.

  • Information is available outlining the online registration steps.

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

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



Secondary Program

(Grade 9 - 12)

Registration Now Open

Did you know there are many benefits to taking credit language courses?

Students can take one International Languages Course as a Group 1- Compulsory or as an Elective Credit towards their Ontario Secondary Diploma.

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

If students successfully complete the Level D - University course, it can be used as one of their top six marks for post-secondary entry. For example, if a student takes Spanish Level B, C and D, the student can submit their Level D mark as one of the top six marks for post-secondary applications.

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


 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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