International Languages

An International Language is defined as any language other than English and French. The classes are offered outside regular school hours. Students will receive a maximum of 2-1/2 hours of instruction per week during the school year. The program is offered by the Durham District School Board in co-operation with various ethnic groups, parent associations and language schools.  These courses are open only to children eligible to be registered in junior kindergarten to grade 8.  This program is free to qualified registrants and children are limited to access only one language class each week.  A child must be four years old by December to be eligible.  No language experience is required.

Frequently Asked Questions 
I missed the start date, can I still register my child for the program?
As long as there is space available, we will continue to take registration up to Feb. 1st of each year.
Is there a cost for this program? 
No – this program is free for all qualified registrants.
My child is currently in grade 9 and wants to learn a new language but has no experience. Can they attend this program? 
Unfortunately, not they cannot – this program is intended for students in grades JK to 8 only. We do have some credit language programs and can accommodate students without previous language knowledge. Visit our Night School page for more information. 
My high school child or myself would like to volunteer in this program – is that possible? 
Yes, we welcome volunteers. Please email the Department Head of Elective Programs for more information – dceinfo@ddsb.ca 
We don’t live in Durham Region – is this program still open to us? 
The International Language program is open to any Ontario resident with Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status. 
Program Dates

Start Date - October 2, 2019

Mid-term progress reports - January 22, 2020

Last day to register - January 29, 2020 (9:00 am)

Final class - May 13, 2020

No classes: December 25, 2019, January 1 & March 18, 2020

Program Location 

Anderson CVI -  Map

400 Anderson St.

Whitby, ON

L1N 3V6

Registration Deadline
September 26, 2019
Courses with insufficient enrollment at this time will be cancelled.  Remaining course registration will reopen on Friday Sept. 27, 2019.
Registration Documents and Information

Registration Opens August 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Languages Available

Language Benchmarks

Registration Form

Registration Process

Courses with insufficient enrollment at this time will be cancelled.  Remaining course registration will reopen on Friday Sept. 27, 2019.