Last class for International Languages is Saturday, December 15 and back on January 12th. Wishing all students, staff and their families a Wonderful Festive Season and Happy New Year!
Registration for International Languages – Elementary programs is ongoing until April 30, 2019.
Languages by location
- Spanish (see also Holy Spirit CES)
- Arabic – FULL
- Portuguese (see also Holy Spirit CES)
- Chinese (see also Resurrection CSS)
Chinese is offered at 2 locations at 2 separate times each week. You may only choose ONE of the two options. Students cannot take the same language twice a week, therefore students CANNOT take Chinese at St. Nicholas and Resurrection locations. Chinese Language school is FREE, however the Parent Association is very active and prefers smaller class sizes, therefore you may asked to make an optional financial contribution to offset the costs associated with this preferred class size.
Saturdays, 9:00am – 11:30am
- Polish (see also Holy Spirit CES)
- Polish (see also St. John CES)
- Portuguese (see also St. Louis – St. Francis Campus)
- Spanish (see also St. Louis – Main Campus)
- Chinese (see also St. Nicholas)
Chinese is offered at 2 locations at 2 separate times each week. You may only choose ONE of the two options. Students cannot take the same language twice a week. Therefore, students CANNOT attend both St. Nicholas and Resurrection locations. Chinese Language school is FREE, however the Parent Association is very active and prefers smaller class sizes, therefore you may asked to make an optional financial contribution to offset the costs associated with this preferred class size.
Why learn a language?
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. Classes are taught by qualified instructors who use a variety of teaching methods — through cultural songs, dance, stories, audio-visuals, crafts, play and many other modern modalities. Lessons and activities are tailored by grade level and age-appropriate, making language school a fun and great place to meet new friends. Language schools offered through St. Louis do not singularly focus on any political or religious viewpoint, nor do they focus on the language of any one country. International Languages- Elementary programs at St. Louis welcomes all students currently in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. If you have a child in high school or you are an adult interested in learning a language, visit our International Languages – Secondary program page.
International Languages Elementary program is FREE when classes are 23:1 student to teacher ratio.(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 who teach at our language schools and 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.