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International Languages Elementary Program


Program Information


  • Offers children the opportunity to develop and/or maintain the ability to speak, listen, read and write a new language, or in the language of their heritage.
  • Enhances students’ connection with their heritage.
  • Improves communication skills in their language of choice.
  • Strengthens cognitive development through the knowledge of an additional language.
  • Provides opportunities to learn and experience another culture.
  • Languages offered: Arabic, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi, and Urdu.



Important Notes


  • An elementary language program for students entering JK through Grade 8 in September 2016.
  • Students with all levels of language proficiency are welcome.
  • Offered free of charge to Ontario residents.
  • Students need to be committed to learning and improving their skills. Good attitude, behaviour and attendance are expected of every student.



Schedule (from September 2016 - June 2017; excluding holiday weekends)


Arabic Language (first class September 11, 2016)

Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Muslim Association of Brantford, 200 Greenwich Street, Brantford

Polish Language (first class September 12, 2016)

Grades 1-8

Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Polish Alliance Hall, 126 Albion Street, Brantford


Polish Language (first class September 15, 2016)


Thursdays 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Polish Alliance Hall, 126 Albion Street, Brantford


Punjabi Language (first class September 17, 2016)

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Grand Erie Learning Alternatives, 365 Rawdon Street, Brantford


Urdu Language (first class September 11, 2016)

Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Muslim Association of Brantford, 200 Greenwich Street, Brantford


Course Cancellation Policy - Courses listed will be offered provided there are sufficient registrants and/or qualified instructors available. That is, some of these languages MAY NOT be offered, depending on final registration numbers.​



2016-2017 School Year Registration Procedure


All classes for the 2016-2017 school year are offered subject to sufficient enrolment. Elementary students may start at any point throughout the school year. Students must be 4 years of age by December 31, 2016 to be eligible.



To Register please provide:


Registration Form.pdf​


Along with:

Proof of Birth and Citizenship - one of the following:

  • a Canadian Birth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate
  • a Canadian Passport (not a Canada Visa within a passport)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence Form 5292 or IMM100 (verified with a passport)
  • Permanent Resident Card


Registration forms with proof of citizenship will be accepted at Grand Erie Learning Alternatives, 365 Rawdon Street, Brantford, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or, at the location of the desired language of instruction on a date the class is running.




Community groups and interested individuals who would like to start a new program should contact Grand Erie Learning Alternatives, 519-753-6079.​ 



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