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Elementary Program

Elementary Program 2017-08-28T15:51:35+00:00

REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER

NOW OPEN!

Languages Offered

To accommodate the children of a growing Arabic speaking community in Waterloo Region, Arabic is now offered by both the WRDSB & WCDSB International Languages programs. Arabic is being offered starting this September at St. Louis – Main Campus, 80 Young St. Kitchener on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:30pm.

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

Chin language is the native language spoken by people in the Chin State of Myanmar (Burma).  It is not a Chinese language and is also spoken in India and Bangladesh. Chin is a NEW language school offered at St. Louis-Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young Street, Kitchener on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm

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.

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

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

Italian is offered at 2 locations at 2 separate times each week. Both are offered on Saturday mornings however 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 from 9:30am to 12:00pm

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

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

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!!

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish is offered at 2 locations at 2 separate times each week. Both are offered on Saturday mornings however 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 from 9:30am to 12:00pm

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

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

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

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

Languages by location

Saturdays, 9:00am-11:30am

  • Bulgarian
  • Croatian
  • Italian (see also Holy Spirit CES)
  • 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

Saturdays, 9:00am-11:30am

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

Saturdays, 9:30am-12:00pm

  • Italian (see also St. Louis – Main Campus)
  • 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. 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.

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. 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.

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 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.

Enrolment in Elementary language classes is continuous and your child/children may start at any time from September to June.  Registration is ONLY available ONLINE. Please complete all required information completely and accurately, including the Ontario Enrolment Number (OEN) assigned to your child in their day school.

If you made a mistake on the registration form, please email us at stlouis@wcdsb.ca with your child’s name and language school in the subject line. (DO NOT enter a second registration form, please).

Visit our website again February 2018 for Summer International Language programs, 4 weeks in July!

International Languages ~ Elementary Program

WHY LEARN A LANGUAGE?

UPCOMING LANGUAGE SCHOOL EVENTS!

ON-SITE MEET & GREET IN SEPTEMBER

Saturday: September 9, 2017

Wednesday: September 13, 2017

FIRST CLASS IN SEPTEMBER

Saturday: September 16, 2017

Monday: September 18, 2017

Wednesday: September 20, 2017

JOIN US FOR

Always wanted to learn another language? Adults and their families are welcomed to sample up to 5 “pop-up” guided language classes for 1 hour each.  For its 40th anniversary, sample the multilingual program at St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education at our Kitchener Main Campus ONLY.

Saturday, September 16th

OPEN 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

 5 guided language session times: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.

(25 visitors per class)

Languages include:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish…and MORE!

If you or your family enjoyed the afternoon with us, register your child for a year of free language classes OR register for an International Languages Secondary School Credit class in one of 6 languages we offer adults and high school youth.

For More Information:

Contact Lilianna Sosnowski, stlouis@wcdsb.ca

or call 519-745-1201