International & Indigenous Languages Elementary Program

In-Person and Virtual Language Classes for JK - Grade 8 Students

The Elementary International & Indigenous Languages Program offers students the opportunity to learn to listen, speak and write in a new language or to maintain the language of their home or heritage. They are available to students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 from all school boards. No prior knowledge of the language is necessary to enroll in these classes.

Languages offered: Albanian, American Sign Language, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Chin, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Czech, Dari, Finnish, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Igbo, Japanese, Kannada, Khmer, Lai, Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Nuer, Oromo Ethiopia, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Serbian, Sinhala, Somali, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamazight (Berber), Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Thai (to be offered soon), Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese

Language Class Information:

Please note:
Classes offered are based on sufficient enrollment as well as current public health guidelines. Dates, times, and languages available are subject to change.

How to Register:

Registration deadline for full program: August 26th, 2022 (*students can still register after this date).
*Due to the processing time for new applicants, students who register after August 26, 2022 will not be able to attend the full language program in its entirety. In order to start the program on the first day of classes, registration forms must be received before this deadline.

Parents & Guardians will register their children by completing and submitting one of these online registration forms: 

General Registration Form:
Registration form for all languages except Hebrew: General Language Class Registration Form

Hebrew Language Registration Forms:

  1. Ottawa Modern Jewish School Registration Form
  2. Talmud Torah Private School Registration Form

Important Registration Information:

Please complete ONE registration form per child. In case you would like to make amendments in the registration form you submitted, send an email to [email protected] with information on changes needed. Please do not submit another registration form for the same student.

Registration Acceptance: There will be a period of 10 days to process the registration, assign students in classes, and contact parents/guardians with the acceptance letter and further information on the classes.

Student Fees: Out-of-province students or those who are on a Student or Visitor Visa must pay a $180.00 fee. Adjustments in the fees for siblings can be arranged. Parents & Guardians will be contacted with further information regarding the payment procedure.

Non-OCDSB Student Residency & Citizenship Verification: As per the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, a verification of residence and citizenship status in Canada should be conducted for the completion of the registration process. Parents & Guardians will be contacted through email to book virtual appointments for the completion of the verification process. Please see the required registration documents below.

Required registration documents for Non-OCDSB Students:

  1. Proof of Address (e.g., Current Property Tax Bill; Current Utility Bill; Home Phone/Cable/Internet Bill. Please note, Driver’s License is not acceptable)
  2. Proof of Citizenship and Status in Canada:
  • Canadian Citizen (Birth Certificate, Passport, Baptismal Certificate)
  • Permanent Resident (Permanent Resident Card, Stage One Approval letter, Equivalent Documentation from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirming approval in principle)
  • Refugee Status: Documentation from IRCC confirming status, Consideration of eligibility (Convention refugee)
  • Diplomat Status / Minister’s Permit
  • Student Visa (Study Permit)
  • Visitor Visa (Visitor Record)
  • Copy of last years day school Report Card - OEN

More Information:

For more information, please contact the International & Indigenous Languages office by phone at
613-239-2703 or by email at [email protected]

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