Indigenous Languages and International Languages - Elementary Programs


Important Information About Elementary Program Start-up

  • Students registered through Edsby, please attend the first day of class as indicated below (Course Dates and Duration).
  • Students registered through the Google online registration form, please attend the 2nd week of classes. Registrations via Google online registration form may take up to 2 weeks to complete.
  • In-person registrations will not be accepted. Applications will only be accepted via the Google online registration form, and after payment through School Cash Online has been confirmed (see How to Register instructions below).
  • PLEASE NOTE: The following site locations are closed, and courses are cancelled due to low enrolment, on the dates indicated. 

Closed Site Location

Day of Class
(classes cancelled)

Alexander Mackenzie H.S.

Thursday & Friday 

Cedarwood P.S.

Thursday

Emily Carr S.S.

Tuesday

Hodan Nalayeh S.S.

Friday

LangstaffS.S.

Friday

Thornhill S.S.

Tuesday

Thornlea S.S.

Friday


Students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 can learn to read, write and speak a new language or maintain their heritage language. Please note that no experience is necessary in a language to enrol in our programs. More than 20 different language courses are available.

Delivery of Elementary Courses (SK to Grade 8)

At this time we are planning for face-to-face, in-person instruction onsite for the 2022-2023 elementary program year. While we will be returning to the same ILIL school locations pre-pandemic, there may be some changes to the locations in which specific languages are offered. 

Please be advised the program delivery model may change from face-to-face to remote (online) depending on the pandemic and from the Ministry of Education, York Health and Board directives.

To 

*NEW*Elementary Online/Remote Options:

To better serve our language learning community, we have added online /remote learning options on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Online learning does not require students and teachers to be face-to-face at a school site. Classes occur online using a synchronous and asynchronous model, with check-in opportunities with the teacher. Families will be contacted with updates as necessary. Courses will be available to select during the registration process beginning the week of Monday, August 29.

Classes take place once a week, for 2.5 hours. 
First Day of ClassDay of ClassClass Time
September 30Friday6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
October 1SaturdayWill vary, refer to the Elementary Site Calendars for exact times
October 11Tuesday6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
October 12Wednesday6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
October 13Thursday6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Elementary school-aged children (SK to Grade 8). Students must be age 5 before December 31 (proof of age is required).

The program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education. 

In recognition of the continued hardships faced during the pandemic, the consumable/resource fee for the 2022-2023 will remain at $10.00. This is due at the time of registration to be paid online via Edsby. 

International fee-paying visa students are required to pay an additional $225 for registration, for a total of $235

Online registration for the 2022-2023 school year is available. See below for more details.


How to Register

Elementary registration through Edsby is now closed. 

To register for an elementary language program, please follow the instructions below.

Step 1 - Complete the payment of the $10 consumable/resources fee through School Cash Online. At the end of the transaction, record the Receipt # issued because it will be required during the registration process. 

Step 2 - Complete the Google online registration form to register for the program.


Important information about using School Cash Online

  1. Quantity depends on the number of students and classes for which you are enrolling (i.e. 1 student and 1 course = 1 quantity). 

  2. Uncheck Myself, before entering the name(s) of the student(s) you are registering. Click Add to Cart to proceed.

  3. Confirm the information on the next page, if no edits are necessary, click Continue.

  4. To proceed to payment, sign into your existing account School Cash Online account.

  5. If you do not have a School Cash Online account, you can checkout as a guest. Guests may only pay by credit card (Mastercard or Visa only).

  6. Enter payment information and click Continue.

  7. Upon a successful transaction, your receipt will be issued. Save/print a copy of your receipt for your own reference. The Receipt # is required when completing the online registration form.


     

Indigenous Languages

LocationDay of ClassClass Time
Richmond Hill HSFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM

To preserve this language, this program will be taught in a hybrid format to better accommodate the teacher and students who will be joining the course from across our school board. We also recognize that students join this program from across the province. A teacher will be available both in the classroom and online. Students may choose to participate face-to-face or virtually.  There will be a teacher delivering the learning virtually, as well as an instructor present in the class for face-to-face students. Families will be contacted with updates as necessary.

International Languages

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
ArabicRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
ArabicRichmond Hill H.S.Richmond HillFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
CantonesePierre Elliott Trudeau H.S.MarkhamTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
CantoneseSir William Mulock S.S.NewmarketTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
CantoneseStouffville D.S.S.StouffvilleTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
CantoneseUnionville H.S.UnionvilleTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
CantoneseRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
CantoneseMiddlefield C.I.MarkhamThursday6:00 to 8:30 PM
CantoneseMilliken Mills H.S.UnionvilleFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
CantoneseUnionville H.S.UnionvilleFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
CantoneseBayview S.S.Richmond HillSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
CantoneseMarkville S.S.MarkhamSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
DariRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
FarsiRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
FarsiSir William Mulock S.S.NewmarketTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
FarsiDr. Bette Stephenson CFLRichmond HillWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
FarsiRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
FarsiRichmond Hill H.S.Richmond HillSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
FilipinoRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
GermanRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
GreekRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
GujaratiRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
HebrewRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
HebrewStephen Lewis S.S.ThornhillWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
HindiRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
ItalianRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
JapaneseRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
JapaneseUnionville H.S.UnionvilleTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
JapaneseHuron Heights S.S.NewmarketWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
JapaneseRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
JapaneseSaturdayThornlea SSSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
KoreanRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
KoreanSir William Mulock S.S.NewmarketTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
KoreanDr. Bette Stephenson CFLRichmond HillWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
KoreanRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
MacedonianRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
MandarinUnionville HSUnionvilleSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
MandarinRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

A Mandarin program where instructors teach Traditional writing script and also focus on Simplified writing script, however, please note these classes are subject to instructor availability.

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
Mandarin - SimplifiedNewmarket H.S.NewmarketTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedPierre Elliott Trudeau H.S.MarkhamTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedStouffville D.S.S.StouffvilleTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedUnionville H.S.UnionvilleTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedBur Oak S.S.MarkhamWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedDr. Bette Stephenson CFLRichmond HillWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedHuron Heights S.S.NewmarketWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedPierre Elliott Trudeau H.S.MarkhamWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedStephen Lewis S.S.ThornhillWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedMiddlefield C.I.MarkhamThursday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedBayview S.S.Richmond HillFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedMilliken Mills H.S.UnionvilleFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedTommy Douglas S.S.WoodbridgeFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedUnionville H.S.UnionvilleFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedBayview S.S.Richmond HillSaturday9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Mandarin - SimplifiedMarkville S.S.MarkhamSaturday9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Mandarin - SimplifiedMiddlefield C.I.MarkhamSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedRichmond Hill H.S.Richmond HillSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Mandarin - SimplifiedThornlea S.S.ThornhillSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
Mandarin - TraditionalRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - TraditionalBayview S.S.Richmond HillFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - TraditionalUnionville H.S.UnionvilleFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Mandarin - TraditionalBayview S.S.Richmond HillSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Mandarin - TraditionalMiddlefield C.I.MarkhamSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
PunjabiRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
PunjabiTommy Douglas S.S.WoodbridgeFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
RussianRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
RussianRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Russian Newmarket H.S.NewmarketTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Russian Dr. Bette Stephenson CFLRichmond HillWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Russian Huron Heights S.S.NewmarketWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Russian Stephen Lewis S.S.ThornhillWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
Russian Richmond Hill H.S.Richmond HillSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
SinhalaRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
SpanishRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
SpanishSir William Mulock S.S.NewmarketTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
SpanishStouffville D.S.S.StouffvilleTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
SpanishRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
SpanishStephen Lewis S.S.ThornhillWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
SpanishRichmond Hill H.S.Richmond HillFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
SpanishMiddlefield C.I.MarkhamSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
TamilNewmarket H.S.NewmarketTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
TamilRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
TamilStouffville D.S.S.StouffvilleTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
TamilBur Oak S.S.MarkhamWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
TamilRemoteOnlineWednesday6:00 to 8:30 PM
TamilMiddlefield C.I.MarkhamThursday6:00 to 8:30 PM
TamilRichmond Hill H.S.Richmond HillFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
TamilTommy Douglas S.S.WoodbridgeFriday6:00 to 8:30 PM
TamilMiddlefield C.I.MarkhamSaturday9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
TurkishRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
UkrainianRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
UrduRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
VietnameseRemoteOnlineTuesday6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

LanguageLocationAreaDay of ClassTime of Class
YorubaRemoteOnlineThursday6:00 to 8:30 PM

 

As the language course is new to the program, to better support its development, it will be taught in a fully online format. Online learning does not require students and teachers to be face-to-face with each other. Classes occur online using a synchronous and asynchronous model, with check-in opportunities with the teacher. Families will be contacted with updates as necessary.

Google Classrooms

Please note that all ILIL teaching staff will continue to be used as a supplementary instructional tool. 

Accessing the Google Classroom

For YRDSB students, a Google Classroom invitation link will be sent directly to the student’s @gapps.yrdsb.ca email address. 

For non-YRDSB students, a call (from Private Number/No Caller ID) will be made to the parent/guardian listed on this form to provide sensitive information. Once you have received the student log in credentials, complete the following:

Using a PC or a MAC 

  1. Sign out of all other Google accounts, either from your home school board or personal accounts. 
  2. Open Chrome and select ‘Incognito Window” from the menu at the right hand side of the screen (where there are three dots in a row) 
  3. In your Incognito window, go to https://classroom.google.com When prompted, select “Go to Classroom” 
  4. When presented with the Google Login form, enter your 9 digit YRDSB student number and @gapps.yrdsb.ca (i.e. 123456789@gapps.yrdsb.ca) 
  5. On the next login screen, which will have the YRDSB logo, please enter the student number only and the password that was provided (i.e. 123456789 & password) 
  6. When prompted, accept any Google conditions. 
  7. You are now logged in. Look for the plus sign in the top right corner, and use the Google Classroom code.

Issues with Finding the Student’s Google Classroom

If a Google Classroom code was not provided, please use the student’s @gapps.yrdsb.ca Gmail account of an email containing the Google Classroom invite

If you have any questions regarding the program (e.g., Google Classroom invitation links, class times, etc.), please contact ILIL@yrdsb.ca.

These programs will be offered subject to student enrollment and teacher/instructor availability. York Region District School Board reserves the right to cancel any program due to low enrollment and/or teacher/instructor availability.