Free International Language Programs
The International and Indigenous Languages Elementary program (IILE) has been offered for over 20 years with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.  

Students in JK to Grade 8 may learn a new language or experience the culture and traditions of their heritage language.
Learning a second language is the best tool to help children do better in school.  Studies also show that children with two or more languages are more likely to have increased brain development; have stronger bonds with parents; have better communication skills and be better prepared for school.  Studies also show that children demonstrate enhanced reading and writing skills; are more creative; have a sharper memory; are better at solving problems. 

WHOStudents in grades JK - Grade 8 (open to children of all school boards)
WHEN: Saturday mornings, 9 am - 11:30 a.m. October 1, 2022 to May 13, 2023

Learn Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tagalog, German, Arabic,  Greek and Ojibwe / Anishinaabemowin (classes will run pending enrolment of a Language). (Other languages considered on request)

Ojibwe / Anishinaabemowin, Assyrian and Ukrainain (pending student enrollment)

2022-2023 registration will offer Virtual classes and Face to Face classes, pending student enrollment.

Virtual Learning
Synchronous learning: Learning that happens in real time with an instructor online

Asynchronous learning: Learning that is not delivered in real time. Asynchronous learning may involve students watching pre-recorded video lessons, completing assigned tasks and activities


WHERE: Virtual online or Face to Face classes, Locations St. Joseph's Catholic High School, 243 Cundles Rd. East, Barrie and Holy Trinity Catholic High School, 100 Melbourne Drive, Bradford.

Please note: There will be limits on class sizes, registrations and enrollment will be first come first served. 


REGISTER: Registration for 2022-2023 IILE 

CONTACT: For any inquiries, please email [email protected] or
call Christine Mink-Hiles at 705-722-3555 Ext 331

IILE Program welcomes high school student-volunteers for our face to face classes on Saturday mornings to earn high school community service hours.   Please contact Christine.