Indigenous Languages and International Languages

Program Fee Update

Due to the switch in the delivery mode for our language programs (from face-to-face to online), the fee has been reduced to $10 for each language class registration. This fee supports the costs incurred for licensing of the online platform and instructional materials. We appreciate your patience as we work through the refund process for students who registered prior to this decision being made.

About the Program

Thank you for your interest in the Indigenous Languages and International 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 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.

Important Information Regarding Program Delivery - September 2021 

Please note that the Indigenous Languages and International Languages (ILIL) classes for Senior Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will continue in an online learning delivery model. Teachers will teach live online 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. 

We look forward to providing engaging, online language learning through our Google Classrooms.  

Please note that the program delivery model may change from remote to face-to-face during the school year.

If you have any questions, please email us at ililyrdsb.ca. You can also visit our homepage on the YRDSB website for further information regarding our program.

Please note that the Indigenous Languages and International Languages (ILIL) classes for SK to Grade 12 students will continue in an online learning delivery model. Teachers will teach live online 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. 

We look forward to providing engaging, online language learning through our Google Classrooms.  

Please note that the program delivery model may change from remote to face-to-face during the school year.

If you have any questions, please email us at ilil@yrdsb.ca. You can also visit our homepage on the YRDSB website for further information regarding our program.

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; and open future employment opportunities.

Elementary students standing in school hallway2021-2022 School Year

Yoruba will be offered beginning the September of 2021-2022 school year. Please see our elementary webpage for more information on registration and course offerings. You can also contact us by email at ilil@yrdsb.ca​ or by phone at 904-884-2046 ext. 242.

Secondary students standing outdoors2021-2022 School Year

Please see our secondary webpage for more information on registration and course offerings. You can also contact us by email at ilil@yrdsb.ca or by phone at 904-884-2046 ext. 242.

Contact Us

Have questions? Check out the list of frequently asked questions or contact us.