International Languages

International and Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE) registration is now closed for the 2021/2022 school year.

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.


 Registration is closed for the 2021/2022 school year. Registration for Fall 2022, will open August 2022. 

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. 
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 - Fall Registration will open August 2022

Start Date - October 5th, 2022

Mid-term progress reports - Jan 25th, 2023

Last day to register - January 25th, 2023

Final class - May 17th, 2023

Registration Deadline 
October 5th, 2022 
Courses with insufficient enrollment at this time will be cancelled. 
Registration Documents and Information 

How to Register:

To register, complete both of the steps below:

Complete the International and Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE) Program Pre-registration Document

  1. Download and complete the Elementary International Language Registration Form
    1. Open the file by clicking on it
    2. Click in each field and type in the required information
    3. Save it to your computer
    4. Email the completed International and Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE) Registration Form to

Registration is not complete until the International and Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE) Registration Form is received by Durham Continuing Education. 

Note: Parents/Guardians of students who do not go to a Durham District School Board elementary school will be required to provide Proof of Citizenship.  Durham Continuing Education staff will be in contact with instructions on how to provide that information. 

Additional Note: If you are having problems saving the fillable form once you have added the information, try printing it to .pdf format rather than saving it.