International (Heritage) Language Program
An international language is defined by the Ministry of Education as any language other than English and French and may be offered at the elementary and secondary school levels. The three standards of oral communication (speaking and listening), reading and writing skills are developed. Students explore the culture and heritage of countries where the language is spoken.
Elementary international language programs are offered through the Continuing Education departments of the Durham and Durham Catholic District School Boards.
Children registered in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 in public or private schools are eligible for these programs. No previous language experience is required.
Classes are offered outside of regular school hours.
Secondary international language programs are offered through both regular secondary schools and Continuing Education departments of the Durham and Durham Catholic District School Boards. Secondary school students are able to access select international language programs offered at their home school during the day.
International language programs offered outside of school hours through Continuing Education are available to adults and secondary school students. All secondary international programs are credit courses that count towards the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The programs are offered at four levels (A,B,C,D) rather than grades. There is no prerequisite for Level A. No previous language experience is required.
Night school secondary credit international language classes meet once a week beginning in September. Please contact the Continuing Education department of the Durham or Durham Catholic District School Board for additional information.