Telugu School in Ottawa was started in earnest in 2007 and is run as part of International & Indigenous Languages Program (IILP) by Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). The Telugu school program is currently managed by our community member who is also an OSDSB certified teacher.
The focus of Telugu School (through IILP) is to provide students an opportunity to develop the ability to listen, speak and write in a new language or to maintain the language of their home or heritage. In so doing the students will benefit by:
- Enhancing the concept of self and heritage
- Improving communication with parents/guardians/grandparents/family members
- Strengthening cognitive development through the knowledge of an additional language
- Learning and experiencing a new language and culture
- Building a bridge between the Canadian and Telugu heritage cultures
Eligibility: JK to Grade 8 students; Previous exposure to the language is not necessary.
When: Typically mid-September – mid June; Saturday Morning 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Farley Mowat Public School
Ottawa Telugu Association (OTA) members volunteer in teaching and assisting the teachers for Telugu School. Telugu study material is distributed in the form of photocopies of old Telugu texts from India.
Children from the Ottawa Telugu School participate in OTA cultural events where they showcase knowledge that they have amassed during the school year by performing in ethnic skits, speeches and debates.
Please discuss in our dedicated forum for Telugu School
about your interests, registration details, willingness to volunteer and anything else.
Please Note: The IILP is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education for students residing in Ontario for up to 2.5 hours of instruction per language per week. Students can study different languages during the After School Program and on weekends. Please note that students cannot attend the same language class twice during the week. 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.