International Languages


The diversity of cultures and languages of this area enrich the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board and our area communities. The study of international languages is encouraged by the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board as our part of the effort to maintain this cultural and linguistic diversity and to promote a truly multicultural society.

The individuals and groups within each cultural heritage bring to our Canadian mosaic unique and rich qualities, which enhance and promote mutual respect and understanding. The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board recognizes the right of each person “to choose to preserve or share aspects of one’s culture” within the Canadian context (as stated in the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, 1988).

The Ontario Ministry of Education and the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board recognize language as a “primary vehicle for cultural awareness, understanding and expression”. Our International Language Program “helps students to deepen their knowledge of the cultural context of the languages of study”.


Registration


The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board provides the opportunity for International Language classes to be offered for elementary school students. Classes will be run subject to the registration of at least 25 students and the availability of an instructor.

ALL REGISTRATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, FROM 10:00 a.m. UNTIL 12:00 p.m., UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. Please click here for for more details.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD BEGINNING THE FOLLOWING WEEK (SEPTEMBER 23), FROM 10:00 a.m. UNTIL 12:00 p.m., UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

The registration form can be downloaded online and filled out in advance. Please bring the completed form to the registration site at the indicated time and location.

Parents/guardians may register students at the following locations:

ARABIC
SITE 1: Catholic Central High School • 441 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor, ON.
SITE 2: St. Anthony Maronite Church • 280 Talbot St. E., Leamington, ON.

CROATIAN
St. Francis of Assisi Croatian School • 1701 Turner Rd., Windsor, ON.

FILIPINO
Filipino Community Centre • 935 Northwood Dr., Windsor, ON.

HUNGARIAN
Catholic Central High School • 441 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor, ON.

ITALIAN
Ciociaro Club • 3745 N. Talbot Rd., Oldcastle, ON.

POLISH
Registration will take place on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, from 10:00 a.m. UNTIL 12:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church • 1035 Ellis St. E., Windsor, ON.
Classes will begin on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, from 10:00 a.m. UNTIL 12:00 p.m. at Catholic Central High School, 441 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor, ON.

PORTUGUESE
SITE 1: Catholic Central High School • 441 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor, ON
SITE 2: Portuguese Club • 217 Talbot St. W, Leamington, ON
Registration will take place on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, from 3:30 p.m. UNTIL 5:30 p.m. Classes will begin on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, from 3:45 p.m. UNTIL 5:45 p.m.

SPANISH
Catholic Central High School • 441 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor, ON.

VIETNAMESE
Assumption College High School • 1100 Huron Church Rd., Windsor, ON

These classes are available to students attending any Ontario elementary school (JK - Grade 8) during the week.

Parents will responsible for transporting students to and from classes. At the time of registration, please check with the teacher as to time of classes, as times may vary.


Resources

Registration Form


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Flyer & Information

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The Benefits of Studying Languages


The opportunity to study a language other than English and French benefits students, our entire community and all of society in many tangible ways:

PERSONAL GROWTH
  • expansion of views, openness to other cultures and bridging of communities
  • development of social and communication skills to be used by students across all disciplines and in daily life

IDENTITY
  • recognition and appreciation of cultural background
  • effective communication with family
  • emotional and psychological development and stability
  • validation of students heritage

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE SUPPORT
  • development of first language literacy aids second language acquisition
  • natural transition into a new school and community; therefore, increase in self-esteem and confidence

EMPLOYMENT
  • the ability to communicate in various languages is a valuable asset to most workplaces and is essential to businesses involved in trade and tourismn
  • preparation for employment in the age of globalization



Specific Objectives for International Languages Programs


The International Languages Programs are designed to enable the students to:

  • listen to and understand the ideas and concepts of the language and express orally in that language their experiences, thoughts and feelings in a clear and confident manner;
  • read, speak and write in that language with growing proficiency, clarity and sensitivity, through study, practice and communication;
  • become familiar with and appreciate the value of the language, and the cultural contributions of the people through the study of the traditions, customs, social structures, history, geography and arts;
  • appreciate the value of the right to learn and use a language of one’s choice, and to appreciate and take pride in the Canadian tradition of recognizing, valuing, and incorporating social, cultural and linguistic diversity and
  • develop the skills and attitudes that enable students to be involved in that culture’s community and to perceive the links among various communities on local, national and global levels.