Second Language

Kathy Chamney- Gingras – Second Language Chair

Bonjour tout le monde!

 My name is Kathy Chamney-Gingras and I have been teaching core French teacher at Hillsdale Elementary for the last 14 years. In those years, I have attended almost every OMLTA Spring Conference and they have provided me with many ideas to bring back to my classroom. I believe that PD for French teachers is extremely important because many teachers are the only FSL teachers at their school. It is my goal, as the SCETF Second Language Chair, to bring some of these workshops to the members here in Simcoe County.

 For the new teachers out there, the Ontario Modern Teachers Association (OMLTA) is an organization that provides learning experiences, advocacy, and helps connect French teachers. If you have not yet been to their “Projet à Québec,” I recommend it highly. It is an intensive immersion program for FSL teachers that takes place each summer. Check their Website for application dates and times. 

 Our first SCETF FSL workshop, on November 23, 2017, features Betty Lee-Daigle, a teacher with the Greater Essex District School Board. It focuses on teaching culture through the use of songs, folk songs, dances and games. Make sure you bring your devices so you can record the dances and remember the melodies.

 At the second workshop in the spring, we will bring Maddalina Shipton to Barrie to do a workshop. Many of you may know her from the Ontario French Teachers Facebook site. One of the projects she completed for the Ministry of Education can be found at or if you do a Web search for “Healthy Connections in FSL, Shipton.”

 Should you have any ideas for afterschool workshops, please contact me at If you have attended any French workshops that you found to be helpful, send me a synopsis we can include in the next Chalk Talk.


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