Free International Language Programs

Exciting news!
SMCDSB International Languages Program is going Virtual starting Saturday, January 16th, 2021

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. 

This year we are able to offer our International Languages Program ONLINE!

WHO:  Students in grades JK - Grade 8 (open to children of all school boards). 

WHEN: Saturdays, 9 am - 11:30 a.m. January 16, 2021 to May 15, 2021 (excluding any holiday weekends)

The following languages are available virtually for both synchronous and asynchronous learning: Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and Mandarin

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:  International Languages will be offered virtually online this year. Students must have their own device and the ability to access the internet from home. 

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


 Due to the successful response to our ILP online program we have closed registration.  We will be reaching out to families to let them know if we have been able to enroll your child(ren) in a ILP class or not.  You will been contacted the week of January 4, 2021.  Thank you everyone!

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.