Chantal Peron Thompson is a native of Quimper, France. She graduated valedictorian from one of the largest high schools in France (le Lycee de Kerichen a Brest), and developed a love of writing under the spell of the wind-swept coast of Brittany. At age sixteen, she was National Champion of France in the long jump. She went on to attend the University of Rennes, and came to the United States to perfect her English and attend graduate school. She ended up getting married and staying! She has been on the faculty at Brigham Young University since 1973 and has earned many teaching awards. The latest is a distinguished University Professorship (1998-2008).She currently directs the first- and second-year French courses and coordinates the African Studies program at Brigham Young University. Chantal Thompson is a certified ACTFL Tester and Trainer and conducts workshops worldwide on teaching and testing for proficiency. Her speaking engagements have included keynote addresses at major conferences from Salem, Oregon, to Manila, Philippines, and Bangkok, Thailand. Thompson is the primary author of MAIS OUI! a first-year French text published by Houghton Mifflin (1996, 2000, 2004) and ENSUITE, a second-year text published by McGraw-Hill (1989, 1993, 1998, 2003).