An International Languages Program held at 12 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Elementary Schools is giving students a chance to submerse themselves into a new culture.
Run under St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education, International Languages offer students an opportunity to learn one of ten languages, free of charge, during the summer. These include: Spanish, Italian, Mandarin or Cantonese, Iraqi, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Malayalam, Urdu, Russian and Hindi.
The program runs half a day at various school sites from July 3 to July 27, providing elementary school children with an opportunity to experience the traditions and language of their heritage or of other countries.
At Corpus Christi Catholic Elementary School, students have the option of choosing between Italian and Portuguese classes.
On July 18, both classes were treated with a taste of each culture as they made dishes popularly associated with the country.
Led by Fernanda Adams, Head Instructor of the Portuguese Program, students learned to make rabanadas – a Portuguese-style French Toast made traditionally on Monday with leftover bread from Sunday dinner.
In the Italian class, students identified different pizza toppings to create Italy’s most popular dish.
During the Fall/Winter months, the program offers 22 International Languages students can choose from.
“The JK-8 International Language 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,” said Coordinator Mary Anilowski.
“Some of these benefits of enhancing the concept of self and heritage, improving communication with family, strengthening cognitive development through the knowledge of an additional language, and building a bridge between the Canadian and heritage cultures.”