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The International and Indigenous Language Elementary (IILE) program offers children an opportunity to learn and/or maintain a language other than French or English and to develop an appreciation and sensitivity to the cultural diversity within Canada.

International and Indigenous Languages Elementary classes provide academic instruction in languages other than English and French.

ALL CLASSES ARE RETURNING TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

Program Information

During the 2022-2023 School Year, we are offering our classes in an In-Person Format at sites across the Hamilton area.   The program will run from September 26, 2022 to June 17, 2023.  CE reserves to right to cancel, combine and/or relocate classes.

Our IILE Classes run on Professional Development days.  The program is closed from Friday to Monday on long weekends as well as during school breaks (Christmas break for the IILE program starts on December 19th).  Registration is available through December 31, 2022.

Benefits of learning an additional language:

  • Enhanced Problem Solving Skills
  • Improved Verbal and Spatial Abilities
  • Improved Memory Function (long & short-term)
  • Enhanced Creative Thinking Capacity
  • Better Memory
  • More Flexible and Creative Thinking
  • Improved Attitude Toward the Target Language and Culture*

*courtesy of actfl.org

Classes Available

Albanian Beginner class for JK-Grade 3 – Ardita Morina – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hess Street – Class FULL – Closed to new registrations
Arabic Intermediate class for Grades 4-6 – Afaf Abdallah – Wednesday, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Pauline Johnson – Al Amal School
Arabic Intermediate class for Grades 4-6 – Mayada Abu Shanab – Saturday,  9:30 -11:30 a.m. at Lawfield – Al Amal School
Arabic As a Second Language class for Grades 4-8 – Nadia Ali – Saturday, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Ancaster Meadow – Al-salam School
Arabic As a Second Language class for Grades 4-8 – Tabassum Azhar – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to Noon at Ray Lewis
Arabic Intermediate class for Grades 4-5 – Sabrine Hajir – Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Shannen Koostachin – Al Jinan School
Arabic Intermediate class for Grade 1-3 – Hadeel Saddik – Saturday, noon-2:00 p.m. at Lawfield – Al Amal School
Arabic Beginner class for Grades 1-3 – Amani Samhat – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to Noon at Ray Lewis
Arabic Intermediate class for Grades 4-5 – Roweida Obeid – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to Noon at Ray Lewis
Arabic Advanced class for Grades 6-8 – Rona Mohsen – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to Noon at Ray Lewis
Farsi Beginner to Advanced class for Grades 1-8 – Mansoor Tavassoly Kejany – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Ancaster Meadow
German Beginner class for JK / Kindergarten – Miruna Dragomir – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – NOON at Ray Lewis – Germania Language School
German Advanced class for Grade 4-8 – Dafina Denneny – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – NOON at Ray Lewis – Germania Language School
German – Beginner class for Grade 1-3 – Karen DaCosta – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Hill Park Learning Centre
Greek Beginner class for JK / Kindergarten – Kristen Mitevski – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Ray Lewis – St. Demetrios Greek School
Polish Intermediate class for Grades 5-6 – Danuta Baldyga – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – NOON at Helen Detwiler – Polska Szkoła ZPwK Gr.2
Polish Advanced class for Grades 7-8 – Marzanna Biernat – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Lawfield – Szkoła Polonii im. Jana Pawła II w Hamilton
Polish Beginner class for Junior Kindergarten – Anna Zawada – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to NOON at Helen Detwiler – Polska Szkoła ZPwK Gr. 2
Spanish As a Second Language class for Grades 1-3 – Martha Gomez Parra – Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hess Street Elementary
Sudanese/Arabic Intermediate class for Grades 1-3 – Rana Elmanufi – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Hess Street – Dual Language Class

Register for the Program

Registration for the 2022-2023 program is available now ON-LINE.

If your student attends a HWDSB Elementary school currently OR if your student was active in our IILE program in 2021-2022/Summer 2022, simply complete the On-Line form at IILE Program Registration Form

If your student DOES NOT attend an HWDSB Elementary school or didn’t participate in IILE last year, you will need to complete the IILE Program Registration Form AND an On-Line “Student Registration” form with your verification/eligibility documents

Please see our “Register with CE” page for student registration requirements for students from outside of HWDSB.

Registration for the 2022-2023 program will close on December 31, 2022.

Program Calendar

Please find the session dates for the 2022-2023 Program year below.  This program does run on PD Days but not on long holiday weekends, Winter or March Break.

Schedule will be updated by September 2022.

Fees and Exceptions

Students are eligible to attend one class in any one language one time per week, however they can take a separate or dual language program in a second language without paying any additional fees for program instruction, (ex. a student can attend one Arabic class on Mondays, one Simplified Chinese class on Tuesdays and one Traditional Chinese class on Thursdays etc).

A $25 per student/per class consumable fee will be collected for the purchase of consumable workbooks for use in the program. Fees are payable using our On-Line payment system SchoolCash.

If you wish to enrol your child in more than one class in the same language, a fee of $200 per student per additional course is applicable (ex. a student can attend one Arabic class on Monday free and a second Arabic class on Saturday for a program fee of $200 for the second class).  VISA Students are eligible to attend for a fee of $200 per course.  Fees are payable using our On-Line payment system SchoolCash.

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For more information, please contact the Continuing Education Main Office by calling 905-561-2190 or email us at ce@hwdsb.on.ca

Updated on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
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