Schools Closed to Students

The Ministry of Education has announced that all schools will remain closed to students beginning April 19. Please do not send your child to school. Remote learning will continue during this closure.

International and Indigenous Languages

About the Program

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 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.

Due to the pandemic, International and Indigenous Language classes for SK to Grade 12 students will take place online, not in the school buildings. Teachers will teach live 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.

If a student is not able to participate in a live lesson during the regular scheduled class, alternative asynchronous support is provided to ensure the student has access to the online 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.

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 hallwayFor elementary program registration information please contact us by email at international.languages@yrdsb.ca​ or by phone at 904 884 2046 ext. 242.

Secondary students standing outdoorsRegistration for the secondary program is now closed.

Contact Us

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