International and Indigenous Languages Program — Elementary

Registration online OPEN for September 2022 – June 2023 classes.

REGISTER now! Limited spaces left!

IILE Programming for September is being planned to occur in-person at various locations throughout the Region

Day: Saturday
Time: 
9:30am – 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: St. Francis Campus, 154 Gatewood Rd, Kitchener

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 – 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. John Catholic Elementary School, 99 Strange Street, Kitchener NEW Location 

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. John Catholic Elementary School, 99 Strange Street, Kitchener NEW Location 

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
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

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. John Catholic Elementary School, 99 Strange Street, Kitchener NEW Location 

Polish language schools in the Region are among the oldest in the country celebrating almost 90 years in Cambridge and almost 130 years in Kitchener!!

Kitchener location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. John Catholic Elementary School, 99 Strange Street, Kitchener


Cambridge Location

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

Please choose one of two locations to learn Portuguese.

Kitchener Location

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-St. Francis, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener

Escola Lusitana has celebrated over 45 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

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

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. John Catholic Elementary School, 99 Strange Street, Kitchener NEW Location 

Please choose one location for this language.

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

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-St. Francis, 154 Gatewood Rd., 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

Day: Saturday
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Date: September to June
Location: St. Louis-St. Francis, 154 Gatewood Rd., 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 and Indigenous 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.

Have a child in high school or are you an adult interested in learning a language NEXT SEPTEMBER?

Visit our International Languages – Secondary program page.

International Languages Elementary program is FREE.

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 and Indigenous Language – Elementary (IILE) Instructors.

IILE 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 IILE instructors follow the best practices in teaching, access the latest resources available and bring their knowledge, skills and experience teaching language to children. International and Indigenous 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 and Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE) Program.  This Program is offered through the St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

The IILE Parent’s Handbook is currently being revised.  NEW copy to be released in September 2022

Online Registration Form for Sept. to June classes

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.

Important Dates for the 2002-2023 school year

Meet and Greet: 

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Time and Location(s) of the Meet and Greet to be determined

Saturday Classes

First Class: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022

Last Class: Saturday, June 17, 2023

No Classes: Oct. 8, Dec 24, 31, 2022; Jan. 7, Feb. 18, March 18, April 8, May 20, 2023


Monday Classes

First Class: Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

Last Class: Monday, June 12, 2023

No Classes: Oct. 10, Dec. 26, 2022; Jan. 2, Feb 20, March 13, April 10, May 22, 2023

For more information:

Contact: stlouis@wcdsb.ca 

or call 519-745-1201 ext 288