Registration for more than 20 language courses now open

Students are invited to learn to read, write and speak a new language or maintain their heritage language.

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is accepting registration for its 2023-2024 elementary and secondary Indigenous Languages and International Languages (ILIL) program.

Students in Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 can choose from more than 20 different language courses, including Ojibwe, Arabic, Cantonese, Filipino, Mandarin and Punjabi. No experience is needed in a language to enroll in a course. Classes are offered outside of regular school hours and take place one day a week for two-and-a-half hours.

Students should register by Monday, Sept. 11 to attend the full program. Registration will reopen after Monday, Sept. 25 to fill remaining spots. A list of languages available to elementary students, site locations, class days/times and registration information is available online.

Secondary school students can earn credits towards their high school diploma in a variety of languages, including Farsi, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Tamil. The program is delivered virtually through synchronous learning and supported by asynchronous activities. It runs from September to June.

The courses can be applied towards a student’s high school diploma as a compulsory or elective credit. Students can earn up to three credits towards graduation can submit a Level D – University mark as one of the top six marks for post-secondary applications. A list of the programs available, course days/times and registration information is available online.

A student doesn’t need to attend a YRDSB school to enroll in a language course. Students outside of York Region are welcome to register.

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