Free International Language Programs
The International and Indigenous Languages Elementary program (IILE) has been offered for over 20 years with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.  

Students in JK to Grade 8 may learn a new language or experience the culture and traditions of their heritage language.
Learning a second language is the best tool to help children do better in school.  Studies also show that children with two or more languages are more likely to have increased brain development; have stronger bonds with parents; have better communication skills and be better prepared for school.  Studies also show that children demonstrate enhanced reading and writing skills; are more creative; have a sharper memory; are better at solving problems. 

WHO:  Students in grades JK - Grade 8 (open to children in all school boards). Registrations throughout the year are always welcome!

WHEN: Saturdays, 9 - 11:30 am, September 30, 2023 to May 11, 2024 excluding holiday weekends.

WHAT: Current languages offered: Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Ukrainian and Arabic.
Looking to add: Ojibwe / Anishinaabemowin and Assyrian, German, Greek, Cantonese. 
Other languages considered on request.

WHERE: The 2023-2024 IILE program will be offered Online with the possiblity of some face to face classes.  

IILE program starts for students online Saturday, September 30th, 2023. pending student registration.
The IILE 2023-2024 calendar showing all dates students will be attending  online or inperson will be posted in the next couple of weeks.

Tentative face to face class dates are as follows and may be subject to change:
* In person classes (pending registration) for Holy Trinity CHS in Bradford, November 4, 18, Christmas Concert/Event on December 2, 2023. April 20 with year end event on May 4, 2024.  
* St. Joseph's CHS in Barrie in person classes (pending registration) will be November 11, 15, Christmas Concert/Event on December 9, 2023. April 27 with year end event on May 11, 2024.

REGISTER: 2023-2024 IILE Registration
Spaces are limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis. 

CONTACT: For any inquiries, please email [email protected] or
call 705-722-3555 Ext 331