Free International Language Programs
The International Languages Program - Elementary has been offered for over 20 years with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.  

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 of all school boards). 

WHEN: Saturdays, 9 am - 11:30 a.m. October 2, 2021 to April 30, 2022 (excluding any holiday weekends)  

Learn Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tagalog, German and Greek (classes will run pending enrolment of a Language).

Classes will be online with synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Synchronous learning: Learning that happens in real time with an instructor online

Asynchronous learning: Learning that is not delivered in real time. Asynchronous learning may involve students watching pre-recorded video lessons, completing assigned tasks and activities


WHERE: The 2021-2022 ILP program will be delivered online for the start of this school year. We will revisit the possibility of face to face classes in the new year.

Please note: There will be limits on class sizes, registrations and enrollment will be first come first served. 


 Language classes are now FULL and registration is CLOSED. NOTE: There are limited spaces still available for individuals interested in learning Portuguese only. If you would like to register for Portuguese, please email Chrissy Mink at

CONTACT: For any inquiries, please email or call Christine Mink-Hiles at 705-722-3555 Ext 331

ILP will welcome high school student-volunteers when our program returns to face to face classes on Saturdays to earn high school community service hours.