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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.

INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES – Elementary Detail Information & Calendar 2019/2020 Please click here to view

REGISTRATION for September 2019 to June 2020 is OPEN

Important message!  

Due to high enrolment, registration for the following classes is closed:

  • Polish (Kitchener JK-Gr.2)
  • Spanish (Kitchener, SK and Gr. 1)
  • Japanese (all grades)
  • Russian (all grades) – TEMPORARILY suspended
  • Tigrigna (all grades)

You will NOT receive an automatic confirmation email.
Once you have completed the registration form, a message will pop up that says
“Thank you! Your child is registered”.
This message appears after you click “SUBMIT”.

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.

Day: Wednesday
Time: 
6:00pm – 8:30pm for children and adults (separately)
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis – Main Campus, 80 Young St. Kitchener.

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

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

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

Option 2

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: 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.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener

**NEW LOCATION!

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, 185 Activa  Ave., Kitchener

**NEW TIME!

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener

**NEW!

Traditional Mandarin is offered for the first year with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. All are welcome!

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, 185 Activa  Ave., Kitchener

Polish language schools in the Region are among the oldest in the country soon to celebrate 85 and 125 years!!

Kitchener Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. John Catholic Elementary School

Cambridge Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School

Kitchener Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, 185 Activa  Ave., Kitchener

Escola Lusitana has recently celebrated its 40th anniversary as a language school 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
Note: JK – Grade 8 levels

2019-2020- CANCELLED

hoping to re-open in 2020-2021

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener

NEW LOCATION!

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, 185 Activa  Ave., Kitchener

Kitchener Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener

Cambridge Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary School, 15 Gatehouse Drive, Cambridge

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener

NEW LOCATION!!

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, 185 Activa  Ave., Kitchener

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener

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:

  • 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.

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 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.

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

2019-2020 International Languages – Elementary Program online registration form is NOW AVAILABLE

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.

Click on the button below to Register for September 2019

You will NOT receive an automatic confirmation email.
Once you have completed the registration form, a message will pop up that says ” Thank you! Your child is registered”.
This message appears after you click “SUBMIT”.

For More Information:

Contact Lilianna Sosnowski, Program Manager
stlouis@wcdsb.ca or call 519-745-1201 ext 221