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International and Indigenous Languages Program 2019/2020

Cancelled Classes:

Due to inclement weather, all programming at the Barrie and Bradford Learning Centres has been cancelled for today, Saturday, Jan. 18.  This includes all International and Indigenous Languages Program classes.

Learn a new language for free!

The Simcoe County District School Board offers children in grades 1 to 8 an opportunity to learn and/or maintain a language other than French or English. Whether you enroll your children in this program to learn a new language, understand a new culture or to extend their knowledge of their first language, every student can benefit from this program.

Students enrolled in grades 1 to 8 are eligible to enroll in this program.

Barrie: Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Ojibwe, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu
Bradford: Dari, Mandarin, Russian, Tamil

If the language of your interest is not listed, please feel free to contact us at 

Class Schedule:
Saturday Program:

Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. starting September 14, 2019 

Class dates: Sep 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec 7, 14; Jan 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 22, 29; March 7, 28; April 4, 18, 25

Monday Program (Spanish and Mandarin Only):

Monday Evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting September 16, 2019

Class dates: Sep 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9; Jan 13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 24; March 2, 9, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27

Please note that the Monday Program will be held at the Barrie location only.

Barrie: Learning Centre, Barrie, 320 Bayfield Street, Bayfield Mall
Bradford: Learning Centre, Bradford, 157 Holland Street East, Suite 200, 2nd floor

Inclement Weather:

In the event of class cancellation due to inclement weather we will post this information on our website as well as Twitter.


There is no cost for this program; however, we must have a minimum number of students per language in order to offer the class.  Most classes fill quickly and are established on a first come, first served basis.


If you are a high school student interested in volunteering with the International Language Program, submit a resume and cover letter to Amanda Hickling at Please specify the proficiency in the language that you are interested in helping with. A reference from your school will be required. We thank all applicants; however, only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.