Second Language

Kathy Chamney-Gingras - Second Language Chair Bonjour tout le monde!

I hope you have all had a very successful start to the 2019 – 2020 school year.

The first SCETF FSL professional development workshop of 2019-2020 was held on Wednesday, October 9th. This workshop was presented by Melanie Bouchard from Collège Boréal and focused on the Cultural strands in the FSL curriculum. The next afternoon workshop at the SCETF Office for FSL will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Please watch for information in late February/early March letting you know what topic Philippe Croteau will be sharing with us.

Don’t forget that the following resources have been added to the SCETF Lending Library: 1) DELF A1 Primary; 2) ABC DELF Junior A1; 3) DELF A2; 4) Languages for All (Katy Arnett); 5) Access for Success (Katy Arnett).

If you would like to borrow any of the above FSL resources, please email your request to

Should you have any items that you would like to be added to the SCETF Lending Library, please let me know as I will be purchasing several more this school year. I can be contacted at

Western University, French Immersion at Trois Pistoles, Quebec – Quite often I have had teachers ask me about programs that would help them increase their proficiency in French. This summer, I attended the French Immersion Program for Adults, through Western University in Trois Pistoles, Quebec. They offer both one and two week courses. They also offer the ability to bring your family with you which allows you to turn it into a summer vacation!

An online placement test and an informal group chat, upon your arrival, help the teachers place the students in a group so students can practice speaking with others who have the same level of French. The mornings were spent in the classroom doing a variety of oral activities. At lunch, we would head back to the homes of our host families to continue authentic conversations over a delicious, homemade meal. The afternoons were usually spent back in the classroom or in a variety of workshops (e.g. linguistics). Cultural activities such as whale or seal watching cruises, movie night and a trip to the theatre, were several additions that helped students explore and enjoy the culture of Quebec.

I would go back again if I had the chance. I found it to be a valuable use of my time; I learned lots, made some great connections and got to experience a new part of Quebec that I had never seen before. If you are interested in this worthwhile summer learning opportunity, go to dex.html for more details.

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