International Languages

Registration for IILE courses in the 2023/2024 school year are now Closed.

Please note that registration is now open for the online IILE Farsi course starting January 31, 2024. Parents/guardians will receive a confirmation email with online class details by January 29, 2024.  

The International and Indigenous Languages Elementary (IILE) program is available to students registered in Junior Kindergarten up to Grade 8 from all school boards. This program offers students the opportunity to learn to listen, speak, read and write in a new language or to maintain the language of their home or heritage.  No prior knowledge of the language is necessary to enroll in these classes.

This program is offered by the Durham District School Board free of charge and children may enroll in only one language class.  

In person classes are offered each Wednesday evening from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at R.S. McLaughlin CVI located at 570 Stevenson Rd N, Oshawa, ON L1J 5P1.

 *Online classes will be offered virtually each Wednesday evening beginning January 31, 2024, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Courses with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled and all who have registered will be notified via e-mail.

A child must be four years old by December to be eligible for classes.  

Registration Information

To register for the IILE Program, please click here. 

Languages offered for the 2023/2024 School Year

Farsi (Online) Starts Feb 2024

Hindi –Registration closed for 23/24 school year.

Malayalam - Registration closed for 23/24 school year.

Marathi - Registration closed for 23/24 school year.

Punjabi - Registration closed for 23/24 school year.

Spanish - Registration closed for 23/24 school year.

Tamil - Registration closed for 23/24 school year.

Mandarin -Cancelled

Igbo- Cancelled

Urdu- Cancelled

Yoruba – Cancelled

Greek – Cancelled


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 Nov 1st, 2023.
Is there a cost for this program? 
No – this program is free for all qualified registrants – THERE ARE NO FEES.
My child is currently in grade 9 and wants to learn a new language but has no experience. Can they attend this program? 
Unfortunately they cannot join this program as it is for elementary aged students enrolled in JK to Grade 8 only. 
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. 
Upcoming Program Dates

Start Date - October 4th, 2023

Final class - May 15th, 2024

Registration Deadline 

Registration deadline for the online Farsi Program - Friday, January 26, 2024.
Courses with insufficient enrollment at this time will be cancelled. 

Registration Information 

Registration is now closed for all courses except the new online Farsi Program


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. 

Additionally, registering your child does not guarantee a seat in a class. Sufficient student registrations and a qualified instructor are required to be able to offer a language class. The class may also be over-subscribed, in which case we will allocate seats in order of registration. An email will confirm receipt of your registration request in the coming weeks. A further email will confirm your child’s seat in class.