Elementary Program

Elementary Program2018-12-11T11:59:31+00:00

WHAT’S NEW?

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.

Arabic – FULL
Chin
Chinese
Croatian
Czech
Italian
Japanese
Kurdish
Polish
Portuguese
Rohingya
Romanian
Russian
Slovak
Spanish
Tamil
Tigrigna
Turkish
Ukrainian

2018-19 Languages Offered

To accommodate the children of a growing Arabic speaking community in Waterloo Region, Arabic is now offered through St. Louis and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s International Languages programs. Arabic is offered Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:30pm for children and adults (separately) this September at St. Louis – Main Campus, 80 Young St. Kitchener.  NOTE: this program is FULL for the rest of the school year.

Registration for Arabic – CLOSED

Bulgarian will no longer be offered at St. Louis – Main Campus for the 2018-19 school year.

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.  2018-19 is the second year that Chin is offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Register for Chin

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.

Option 1: Monday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:30pm, Chinese is offered at St. Nicholas CES, 525 Laurelwood Dr., Waterloo AND

Option 2: Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 12:00pm at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, 455 University Ave. W., Kitchener.

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.

Register for Chinese

Croatian is offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Register for Croatian

Czech is offered at St. Louis-St, Francis Campus, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener, on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Register for Czech

Italian is offered Saturday mornings in Kitchener ONLY at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener, from 9:00am to 11:30am. Previous students from Cambridge who wish to re-enroll are encouraged to register for the Kitchener location.

Register for Italian

Japanese is offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Register for Japanese

Kurdish is being offered again this year on Saturday mornings (9:30am – 12:00pm) at St. Louis – Main Campus. 80 Young Street for the 2018-19 school year.  With a new teacher and enough students signing up, we will be able to offer the Kurdish language program again. Please tell your friends and family.

Register NOW!

Polish is offered at 2 locations at 2 separate times each week. Both are offered on Saturday mornings.

In Kitchener, Polish is offered at St. John Catholic Elementary School from 9:00am – 11:30am.

In Cambridge, Polish is offered at Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School, in Cambridge, from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

**Polish language schools in the Region are among the oldest in the country having recently celebrated 80 and 120 years!!

Register for Polish

Portuguese is offered at 2 locations at 2 separate times each week. Both are offered on Saturday mornings.

In Kitchener, Portuguese is offered at St. Louis-St. Francis Campus, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener, from 9:00am to 11:30am. Escola Lusitana has recently celebrated its 40th anniversary as a language school in Kitchener.

In Cambridge, Portuguese is offered at Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Register for Portuguese

Rohingya is offered at St. Louis-St, Francis Campus, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener, on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Register for Rohingya

Romanian is offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Register for Romanian

Russian is offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Register for Russian

Slovak is offered at St. Louis-St, Francis Campus, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener, on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Register for Slovak

Spanish is offered at 2 locations at 2 separate times each week. Both are offered on Saturday mornings. In Kitchener, Spanish is offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener, from 9:00am to 11:30am and in Cambridge, at Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School, 15 Gatehouse Drive from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Register for Spanish

Tamil is offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Register for Tamil

Tigrigna is offered at St. Louis-St. Francis Campus, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Register for Tigrigna

Turkish is offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Register for Turkish

Ukrainian is offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Register for Ukrainian

Languages by location

Saturdays, 9:00am-11:30am

  • Croatian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Romanian
  • Spanish (see also Holy Spirit CES)
  • Tamil
  • Turkish

Saturdays, 9:30am-12:00pm

  • Chin
  • Kurdish
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian

Wednesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm

  • Arabic – FULL

Saturdays, 9:00am-11:30am

  • Czech
  • Portuguese (see also Holy Spirit CES)
  • Rohingya
  • Slovak
  • Tigrigna

Mondays, 6:00pm-8:30pm

  • 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, 9:30am-12:00pm

  • Polish (see also St. John CES)
  • Portuguese (see also St. Louis – St. Francis Campus)
  • Spanish (see also St. Louis – Main Campus)

Saturdays, 9:30am-12:00pm

  • 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?

St.Louis-International-Languages

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.

Registration is ONLY available ONLINE and is continuous for the 2018-19 school year.

Select the language you wish to register for:

Arabic – FULL
Chin
Chinese
Croatian
Czech
Italian
Japanese
Kurdish
Polish
Portuguese
Rohingya
Romanian
Russian
Slovak
Spanish
Tamil
Tigrigna
Turkish
Ukrainian

International Languages ~ Elementary Program

For More Information:

Contact Lilianna Sosnowski, Program Manager
stlouis@wcdsb.ca or call 519-745-1201

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