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International and Indigenous Languages
International and Indigenous Languages
We have received notice from the Premier of Ontario that the current closure of all Ontario schools, including the York Region District School Board, will be extended and schools will reopen May 4, 2020. This is in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. You will receive additional information about the reopening of schools closer to this date.
Please note:
  • Students who are taking International and Indigenous Languages credit courses (grades 9 to 12) will continue their learning online.
  • Elementary (SK to grade 8) International and International and Indigenous Languages Program will not be running during the school closure period.   

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) 

​The Elementary International and Indigenous Languages program helps students develop skills in oral communication, reading and writing in languages other than English or French. 
  • Register in person, at the language location, 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.

International Languages & Summer Institute (July 6 to August 14, 2020)

For students entering Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8, this program includes a half day Simplified Mandarin or Traditional Mandarin program and a half day of Summer Institute activities in athletics, arts and recreation. The language component is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education and provides any child with the opportunity to learn the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Simplified or Traditional Mandarin. Students who complete this 6 week program will receive a certificate of participation. For more information and registration please refer to the Summer Institute webpage.  

Please note:

  • Simplified Mandarin is only offered at Armadale Public School 
  • Traditional Mandarin is only offered at Unionville Meadows Public School

Secondary Program (Grade 9 - 12)

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.


 Online Registration


Online registration​ (Elementary)coming soon.

Save time: no more waiting in lines to manually complete forms.

Convenient: registration is always open, 24/7.

Secure: online, credit card or PayPal payment.

Automatic confirmation of registration by email. 


 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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