According to the TDSB’s most recent Student and Parent Census (2011-12), the majority of TDSB students come from immigrant families with both parents born outside of Canada (67%). English is the sole first language for less than half (44%) of TDSB students. Less than a quarter (22%) learned English along with another language as their first languages, and one third (34%) have one or more non-English language as their mother tongue. Altogether, there are over 115 languages spoken by TDSB students and their families.
The multilingual website is the first step in significantly improving the way we communicate with our multilingual school communities. It was created to help new Canadians, and those who may not speak English as their primary language, navigate the TDSB system and get information about the supports and services available to them.
How were the languages selected?
The 23 languages were selected based on the top home languages/primary languages as identified by the TDSB’s Research Department and the list of priority languages as identified by the TDSB Parent and Community Engagement Office.
Will more languages be added?
Each year, we will look at the list of top home languages/primary languages and the list of priority languages at the TDSB for any new languages added to these lists. The pages of this website will then be translated into these languages.
How were the pages that were translated selected?
We used web analytics to determine the most visited pages of the English TDSB website, which were then translated into the top 23 languages. Web pages that contain important information for students and parents, although not necessarily the top pages in terms of analytics, were also identified and translated. These include pages that contain information about Caring and Safe Schools, Newcomer Services and Board Governance.
Will more information be added moving forward?
We will update the multilingual website periodically with new information.
Can I recommend a new page?
Yes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggested pages. Due to the cost of translating pages into 23 different languages, not all requests will be fulfilled.
What do I do if I notice an error on one of the translated pages?
All of the pages were translated by translators on the TDSB’s approved translator list. However, mistakes can still happen. If you notice an error on any of the pages, please email email@example.com.
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