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2017 Fortbildungstag (P.D. Day) is Sunday, December 3!

OATG Fortbildungstag (Professional Development Day)
Sunday, December 3, 2017
12:00-4:45 PM

Thema: „Innovation + Kreativität + Zusammenarbeit = Erfolg“

Registration via Google Doc:    


Guten Tag,

Warm wishes from Toronto. I am pleased to send information about our Fortbildungstag (Professional Development Day) 2017. By holding our event on a Sunday afternoon, I hope that the widest possible cross-section of our members can attend.

All new workshops will be presented to allow for a wide range of interested participants this year.

Spread the word and bring your friends!

I hope to see you in Toronto in just over one month’s time.

Best wishes,
Jimmy Steele
OATG President
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Ontario Association of Teachers of German
Fortbildungstag (Professional Development Day)

Thema: „Innovation + Kreativität + Zusammenarbeit = Erfolg“

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Glendon College, Rooms 170 and 172 – York Hall
2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, M4N 3N6

Registration via Google Doc:    


                11:30 AM             Registration begins
                                                A light lunch, tea, and coffee will be served
                                                Enjoy the many giveaways from our supporters

                12:00 PM             Welcome, introductions, brief update from OATG President
                                                Projektbasiertes Lernen und Leadership im DaZ- und DaF-Unterricht
Nicole Nascimento – St. Andrew’s College, DSS Richmond Hill

                1:00 PM                Wortschatzarbeit: Elemente der Behaltenssteigerung
                                                Elke Rühl – ZfA Kanada-Ost, Toronto

                2:00 PM                Break and Networking (snacks, tea, and coffee will be served)
                                                Book Sale with Goethe Books (payment by credit card, cheque, and cash accepted)

                2:30 PM                Project and event updates
                                                iPraktikum: Internationalization and Experiential Learning Initiative
                                                Dr. Stefan Soldovieri, University of Toronto and Nicola Townend, UTS

                                                DACHL-Seminar 2017 + Internationale Tagung des Deutschlehrerinnen und

                                                Dr. Meaghan Hepburn, CATG

                                                PLAR Credits: How to assist our students in public and separate secondary schools
                                                Jimmy Steele, OATG       

                3:30 PM                Kreatives Schreiben im DaZ- und DaF-Unterricht
                                                Nidhi Sachdeva, Goethe-Institut Toronto

                4:30 PM                Final remarks, prize draws, and closing

                5:00 PM                OATG Annual General Meeting (additional food will be provided)
                                                All members in good standing are welcome to attend. Election of President (2017-2019)                                                                and Treasurer (2017-2019)


The cost of the afternoon is $35.00 (same great price as the last several years).

Payment will be accepted on site by cash or cheque (no credit cards, please).
Receipts will be provided electronically as soon as possible.

Glendon College is located at 2275 Bayview Avenue and is easily accessible by car and public transit.

Driving: From the 401, exit at Bayview Avenue and continue south. Follow the signs for Glendon College, which begin south of York Mills Rd.

Parking at Glendon College is $15.00 (upper lot at Bayview Avenue entrance) or $10.00 (lower “F” Lot). The OATG will reimburse $10.00 per parked vehicle to those who request it. Carpooling is encouraged.

Public transit: take the 124 Sunnybrook or 162 Lawrence-Donway bus from Lawrence subway station.
Schedules are found online at: 

Renew your membership dues at the same time and receive a discounted annual rate!
A reminder that professional dues (to the OATG and others) are tax-deductable.

Teacher candidates may attend these workshops at no charge.

Goodies and giveaways provided by Goethe Books (, the OATG, and DAAD.
There will also be prizes from the OATG.

OATG at the OMLTA Toronto 2017

OATG was proudly representing the German language community at the Ontario
Modern Language Teachers' Association Spring Conference in Toronto on March
31-April 1, 2017. We were joined by friends from the Goethe-Institut
Toronto and also had the pleasure of sharing the good work of the DAAD with
the over 500 attendees from across the province. All participants received
a brand new OATG bookmark and took home great information about the
diversity of opportunities available to learners of German.

Ontario High School German Contest: Sunday, April 9, 2017

Liebe FreundInnen,

The beloved contest is back ...and we're getting closer to a gala 50th anniversary event!

Join us on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Oakville for the 2017 Ontario High School German Contest.

*Special categories for beginners, Sprachschule students, and more! A trip to Germany and language course for the winner of the senior student

See attached for the full details - and save the date!

Spread the word to your first semester students...get your second semester students excited too...and let those whom you have seen since September know that the event is coming!

Thank you to the Committee for its great work again in 2016-17 for this amazing event.

Seid dabei!


LTO for February and March in Mississauga - German and French (secondary)

Dear friends:

Urgent: Looking for a French and German teacher who can complete an LTO
(Long Term Occasional contract) during the months of February and March at
The Woodlands School in Mississauga.

Starting Date: Friday, February 4th.

This is a full time position with* one German and two French classes* and is open to all *OCT qualified teachers*. Applications can be submitted
directly on the Peel District School Board's VIP online system:

For more information, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the school at 905-279-0575.

*This is a strong and engaging German program in need of a good teacher for a few months. I hope that you will consider it.*

Best wishes,

CATG Tagung 2017 - Funds

Dear OATG Friends,

It is with great excitement that I forward you additional information about
next week's CATG conference.

*The OATG is able to fund the conference fees for **TWO members in good
standing* to attend this event. If you are a current member, are interested
in attending, *and may otherwise be unable to access funds to attend*,
please e-mail me *by Friday, February 3*, and I will be delighted to
consider your application. (Mileage and Saturday banquet are the only costs
to undertake; the banquet is also optional.) If you are only able to attend
over one or two days, you are still eligible to request this funding.

If you are able to have the conference fees funded by your school, school
board, union, or other means, I do hope to see you there! *Remember: you
will receive a receipt following the conference which you can use to
request financial assistance later this month, as appropriate.*.

The workshops look absolutely outstanding this year *and it is so lovely to
have this national event in Ontario again this year!* *Please see the
program attached.*

*Ready to sign-up? Fill out the Google Doc below*...and I welcome any

Also, if you wish to share a hotel room in Oakville, the Google Sheets
below will allow you find a potential roommate or travel buddy.

I do hope that you will consider being a part of the event. Bis bald in