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Free webinar for German teachers - Monday, April 23, 2018

OMLTA is presenting a free webinar for International Languages teachers this spring as part of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation OTF Connects ( learning series!

All OTF Connects webinars are absolutely free for members of the four teachers’ federations (ETFO, OSSTF, OECTA, AEFO), in addition to students at a Faculty of Education, and are then archived online for all interested educators from across the province (and the world) to enjoy. *OATG members who are not employed by one of these unions can enjoy the webinar as of Wednesday, April 25.

Check it out:

Monday, April 23: Let’s Solve this Problem! Shifting our International Languages Classes from Spoken Production to Interaction* – presented by OATG/OMLTA President Jimmy Steele

Full details and sign-up are at this link:



Past President Nicola Townend wins award from OMLTA

Congratulations to OATG Past President Nicola Townend, who has received Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association's Helen B. St. John Award for excellence in second language education!

A tireless advocate for German, Nicola's accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. She is a champion of all the great work that we do and is actively involved with OATG, CATG, our American friends at the AATG, ZfA initiatives, the provincial German Contest, DSD exams, and much more.

Brava, liebe Kollegin!

Nicola (left) is pictured below with OMLTA Past President, Nicole Czaja.


Another successful OMLTA Conference

Another year at the OMTLA Spring Conference has passed and it was a delight to inform the over 700 attendees about the initiatives of the OATG, Goethe-Institut Toronto, and the DAAD regional office. Thank you to the organizers for another great year and to the volunteers and friends who spent time at our booth.



OATG President Jimmy Steele is named OMLTA President 2018-19

Herzlichen Glückwunsch to OATG President 2017-19 Jimmy Steele who was named President of the Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association (OMLTA) for 2018-19. In addition to his time on the OATG Executive, Jimmy has been a Director of the OMLTA since 2010.

He is the first German teacher in nearly fifteen years to be President of the OMLTA, a fact that he highlighted proudly in his inaugural speech:

It is clear that OMLTA has played a major part in my professional learning since the start of my career and to now lead this organization as President is among my professional life’s greatest accomplishments. Having taught many levels of FSL and three International Languages, I hope that I can serve as an outstanding advocate for all of our members across all age groups and panels.  My qualifications, officially, are as a French and Spanish teacher – I’m 486424 on the OCT registry if you are interested in taking a peek – but I have also taught German for many years. Few people realize how strong, dynamic, and quite large the network of German-language educators is in our province and our country, and I have been welcomed with open arms and unconditional support into this field. I am so very proud to be the first president of the OMLTA in over a decade who is a German teacher. Ich bedanke mich recht herzlich für die Unterstützung und die Gemütlichkeit der Deutsch-als-Fremdsprache-Lehrkräfte und -Mitarbeiter von allen Ecken Kanadas, die mich immer unterstützen und für meine Schülerinnen, für meine Schüler und für mich da sind.



Jimmy (left) is pictured below with OMLTA Director Lisa Picerno. Wir gratulieren!

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.