The International and Indigenous Languages Elementary program is a non-credit program that is open to all Halton elementary school-age children (JK- grade 8) regardless of their cultural or ethnic background. This program provides Halton students with the opportunity to develop their language skills, deepen their cultural awareness, foster pride in their heritage and strengthen their self-esteem. In addition to building language skills, research demonstrates that students who study languages in addition to English and French perform better in other school subjects.
Our classes run Friday, September 29, 2023 – Friday, May 31, 2024 and Saturday, September 30, 2023 – Saturday, June 1, 2024, excluding holiday weekends, winter break and spring break. We do run on P.A. Days.
Friday Evening Classes: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM and Saturday Morning Classes: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
IILE Full Year Registration is CLOSED.
Non-HDSB Students/New Students: please complete the registration package found HERE.
Registration is now CLOSED.
See 2023-2024 IILE Course list – September 2023 for dates and times.
How do I register my child into the program?
Current HDSB students, and students currently attending the IILE program through the Halton District School Board may register using the Google form found on the website.
New Students who live in the Halton region must complete the full registration form found on the website.
When does registration close?
IILE Full Year Registration will close September 13th, 2023, for a start date of September 29/September 30.
How old does a child have to be to register for the program?
Children who are currently of age to be in JK to Grade 8 may register for the International and Indigenous Languages Elementary Program.
My child is NOT a resident in the Halton Region. Can they still take part?
No, this program is only open to Halton Students.
If your child is from another region, they must take the course in that region. Please contact that school board for information on courses that they offer.
Information about the 'Materials Fee'
We are charging a non-refundable materials fee of $25 for the IILE language program 2023-2024.
Upon confirmation that your child has a place in the class, you will receive a link to complete payment.
Are classes in person or virtual?
The International and Indigenous Languages Elementary Program 2023-2024 courses will run in person.
How many students will be in a class?
Class size varies dependent on registration. However, we do not normally exceed 23 students per class.
What happens if there aren't enough students enrolled to run a class?
If we have to cancel a class, we will notify the parents by email.
Will my child be in class with other children with the same understanding of the language or the same age group?
The instructor of the class will divide the class into groups by age as well as by understanding of the language, and will teach appropriate lessons to each group.
If there are multiple classes of the same language running, classes will be divided by grade.
My child will not be able to attend the entire course. Can they still come to some of the classes?
Yes. We ask that you inform your instructor if you know they will be missing classes or if you are withdrawing your child.
Will there be other adults in the classroom?
Only approved volunteers will be permitted in the building.
What happens if my child cannot participate for the duration of the class?
It is recommended that the student participate for the duration of the class in order to keep up.
Can my child take more than one language class?
Students may enroll in 1 language course on a Friday evening and 1 on a Saturday morning, as long as they enroll in separate languages. For example, students cannot take Arabic class Friday night and Arabic class Saturday morning. This is an Ontario Ministry of Education funded program in which students may take a maximum of 2.5 hrs. per language per week.
How do I find out about cancelled classes?
Class cancellations will be posted on the Gary Allan Website. Should an instructor be ill or otherwise unable to attend class, every effort will be made to offer the class with a qualified supply teacher. If this is not possible, we will contact you via email and/or phone.
My child has allergies/medical conditions. What does the school need?
Please email email@example.com to request the appropriate forms.
How will I be contacted?
All communication regarding the course is by email.
In emergency situations, staff will try to contact parents/guardians by phone.
Under rare circumstances, some documentation may be mailed to the parent/guardian at their home address.
O.E.N What is it and where can I find it?
O.E.N. Stands for Ontario Education Number. It is a unique 9-digit number assigned to each Ontario Student by the Ministry of Education. This number can be found on your child’s report card. Your child may not have an O.E.N. if they are in Junior Kindergarten, are Home-schooled, or attend a private school.
The language I wish to enroll my student into is not listed. Why not?
Our full year IILE Program (2023-2024) course offerings are based on demand.
If a language is not offered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. New languages require a minimum of 23 students to run and could potentially begin the following school year.
French and English are not offered, as they are Canada’s official languages and currently run as a part of the home school day school program.
The International and Indigenous Languages Elementary Program is a non-credit program that is open to all Halton elementary school-age children (JK-8) regardless of their cultural or ethnic background.
This program provides Halton students with the opportunity to develop their language skills, deepen their cultural awareness, foster pride in their heritage and strengthen their self-esteem. In addition to building language skills, research demonstrates that students who study languages in addition to English and French perform better in other school subjects.
Full year registration for 2023-2024 is now open.