International Languages Reopening

September 26th, Saturday and September 28th, Monday classes, 2020.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are very excited to begin a new school year in the International Languages Elementary Program. We are so pleased that you will be joining us on this new educational journey into virtual learning. Although new, it’s our commitment to provide a high quality education, albeit in a different way than we’re used to. This will require access to new learning systems, support from you as parents, and an open mind.

As we prepare to begin the virtual learning experience, your child’s teacher will be in contact with you this week to introduce themselves. Teachers will also provide you with details regarding the learning platforms to be used, login information, as well as details pertaining to class schedule and expectations.

Teachers will teach live language lessons in real time using Google Classroom and Google Meet, to provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities during the regularly scheduled language class. Real time synchronous teaching will be a minimum of 30 minutes in duration.

Online lessons will be fun, active and engaging, and something your children can look forward to each Saturday morning or Monday evening depending on the language program. We want to offer support and keep your children’s education and wellness as our guide.

If a student is not able to participate in a live lesson during the regular scheduled class, alternative asynchronous support is provided to ensure the student has access to the online learning (e.g., posting of pre-recorded material or tasks for reference at a later time).

All classes are conditional upon sufficient enrolment and are subject to cancellation. You will be contacted by the IL Elementary Program if a language program is cancelled. We look forward to seeing new and returning students in novel a virtual learning environment.

Yours truly,

Lilianna Sosnowski

Program Manager, International Languages

2020-2021 ONLINE REGISTRATION – Closes on September 20, 2020

Important Note:  Registration is closed for Russian JK and SK classes as they reached maximum capacity.


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.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Arabic Language Credit classes for September 2020.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

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.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 2020 Start.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Chinese Language Credit classes starting in September 2020.

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

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Japanese Language Credit classes for September 2020.

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: John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, 185 Activa  Ave., Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.


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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Arabic Language Credit classes for September 2020.

Kitchener Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, 185 Activa  Ave., Kitchener   Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Note: JK – Grade 8 levels

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Portuguese Language Credit classes for September 2020.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.  Important Note:  Registration is closed for Russian JK and SK classes as they reached maximum capacity.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, 185 Activa  Ave., Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

Visit International Languages – Secondary to Register for Spanish Language Credit classes for September 2020.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: John Sweeney Catholic Elementary School, 185 Activa  Ave., Kitchener  Online language classes will run on Saturday mornings. We will only return to schools when it is safe and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

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 and possible for our program, at the earliest, January 2021.

Registration Opens July 6 until Sept 13, 2020 for September 26, 2020 Start.

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.

2020-2021 International Languages – Elementary Program online registration is OPEN NOW and closes Sept. 13

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, exact start dates are subject to change.

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.  Class sizes are limited to 23 students to 1 instructor.

International Languages – Elementary, 2020-2021 School Year Calendar

September 19 Teachers’ Workshop


Saturday

First Class: Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020

Last Class: Saturday, June 12, 2021

No Classes: Oct. 10, Dec. 19, 26, 2020; Jan. 2, Feb. 13, Mar 20, April 03, May 22, 2021


Monday

First Class: Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Last Class: Monday, June 14, 2021

No Classes: Oct. 12, Dec. 21, 28, 2020; Jan. 04, Feb 15, March 15, April 05, May 24, 2021

For More Information:

Contact: stlouis@wcdsb.ca 

or call 519-745-1201 ext 288