Free international language classes for students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 are offered throughout Durham Region through Archbishop Anthony Meagher Catholic Continuing Education Centre and Durham Continuing Education (not all languages are offered at all locations or by both Boards). They run on Saturday mornings, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., from September to June with continuous registration. The International Language program provides the opportunity for children to speak, listen, write and read an international language, and at the same time learn about the culture and heritage associated with that language. Beginners are welcome, and no previous language knowledge is required.

Locations for international language classes include Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa. Languages offered are Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Malayalam, Mandarin, Tagalog/Filipino, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu.

If you are an adult or a high school student interested in learning an international language, high school language credits are also being offered for secondary school students and adults. Classes are held at St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Ajax, from September to June, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Current language credits offered are: Arabic (Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12), Italian (Grade 9 and 10), Mandarin (Grade 9, 10 and 11), and Spanish (Grade 9, 10 and 11). For more information or to register, visit

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Students in Grades 9 to 12 learning English as a second language may take courses in ESL.

ESL courses help students learn English at the same time as their regular course content. ESL courses count as credits toward the student's high school diploma.

Learn more about ESL courses at Durham District School Board or at ESL courses at Durham Catholic District School Board.

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