International Languages Elementary Program

In September 2021 we plan to host IL classes, using school board approved Google Meet, where students will take part in the remote learning time.  Students will also be assigned on-line and off-line activities with study materials posted to school board approved Google sites.  All activities will focus on real-life, communicative and useful tasks to be completed in the language you have chosen for your child.

In order to participate in the International Languages, learn-at-home program, your child will need to have access to a computer and the internet.

Should we be permitted to return to a physical classroom, each language program will be assigned to a designated location and learning time frame. Parents and Guardians will be contacted regarding the move to a physical classroom.  The priority is to stay safe.

To accommodate the children of a growing Arabic speaking community in Waterloo Region, Arabic is offered through St. Louis and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s International Languages programs.

NEW Day: Saturday
Time: 
9:30am – 12:00pm
Date: September to June
NEW Location: St. Francis Campus, 154 Gatewood Rd, Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Arabic Language Credit classes for September 2021.

Chin language is the native language spoken by people in the Chin State of Myanmar (Burma).  Chin is also spoken in India and Bangladesh. It is not a Chinese language.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

You may only choose ONE of the two options. Students cannot take the same language twice a week.

Option 1

Day: Monday
Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Date: September to June
Location: St. Nicholas CES, 525 Laurelwood Dr., Waterloo   Online language classes will run on Monday evenings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Option 2

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, 455 University Ave. W., Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Chinese Language school is FREE, however the Parent Association is very active and prefers smaller class sizes, therefore you may be asked to make an optional financial contribution to offset the costs associated with this preferred class size. Non-Chinese speakers are welcomed.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Chinese Language Credit classes starting in September 2021.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener    Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Japanese Language Credit classes for September 2021.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-St. Francis, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Japanese Language Credit classes for September 2021.

Traditional Mandarin was offered for the first year with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board in 2019-2020. All are welcome!

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-St. Francis, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Polish language schools in the Region are among the oldest in the country celebrating 85 in Cambridge and 125 years in Kitchener!!

Kitchener location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. John Catholic Elementary School  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.


Cambridge Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Arabic Language Credit classes for September 2021.

Kitchener Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-St. Francis, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Escola Lusitana has celebrated over 40 years of language learning for children in Kitchener!

Cambridge Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00am
Date: September to June
Location: Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School, 15 Gatehouse Drive, Cambridge  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Note: JK – Grade 8 levels

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Portuguese Language Credit classes for September 2021.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-St. Francis, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Kitchener Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Cambridge Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School, 15 Gatehouse Drive, Cambridge   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Spanish Language Credit classes for September 2021.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-St. Francis, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe.

Language study is a passport to our future.

Knowing languages is more important today, than ever before. Knowledge of other languages offers us a better understanding of Canada and Canadians, providing an opportunity to see both the similarities and the differences among people.

Language study includes more than grammar and vocabulary.  It introduces us to the culture of a people, their literature, their history, and to their contributions to the worlds of art, music and science.When we learn another language, we find ourselves speaking effectively, thinking more clearly, and writing more logically. Young Canadians who study languages improve their chances for job success. In Canada and overseas, in commerce, in technology, and in government, there are a growing number of opportunities for graduates with knowledge of languages. One of the most important contributions that we can make to our country’s cultural and economic future is to learn another language.

Students who enrol in an International Language program will find learning a language will support

  • personal growth,
  • cultural identity or awareness and
  • develop language skills that will open a world of possibilities.

Students who know more than 2 or 3 languages typically do better in school overall, and are keen to pursue other interests and hobbies with greater achievement.

Have a child in high school or are you an adult interested in learning a language?

Visit our International Languages – Secondary program page.

International Languages Elementary program is FREE.

There may be a student fee asked on a voluntary basis by a Parent Association with that language school to cover additional costs or to reduce class sizes.

St. Louis has over 100 International Language (IL) Instructors.

IL Instructors who teach at our language schools have been hired by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board following a pre-screening / interview process in accordance with WCDSB Human Resources processes.

As a school board employee, all IL instructors follow the best practices in teaching, access the latest resources available and bring their knowledge, skills and experience teaching language to children. International Language Instructors follow all processes surrounding safe-school protocols and are committed to making learning fun and safe for all children.

Welcome

Welcome to the St. Louis International Languages Elementary Program.  This Program is offered through the St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Please click on this link to view the Parent’s Handbook.

International Languages Registration Form

There is ONE registration form for ALL languages offered at several locations throughout Waterloo Region.  Ministry of Education guidelines allow students to take one language for 2.5 hours each week.

Saturday, September 18 – Teachers’ Workshop


Saturday

First Class: Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

Last Class: Saturday, June 11, 2022

No Classes: Oct. 9, Dec. 25, 2021; Jan. 1, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, 2022


Monday

First Class: Monday, Sept. 27, 2021

Last Class: Monday, June 11, 2022

No Classes: Oct. 11, Dec. 27, 2021; Jan. 3, Feb 21, March 14, April 18, May 23, 2022

For More Information:

Contact: stlouis@wcdsb.ca 

or call 519-745-1201 ext 288