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Level 1 - Beginner - 2 Day Training - Beginner French Immersion (Grades K-2) with Ann Chiasson, author of our new Immersion Teacher's Guides in our Immersion Kits

Cost: $429.00 per teacher (Includes 3 months' access to AIM Teacher Training Modules) or you can bundle with our 1-Day  AIM Specialty Sessions for $599.00.

Dates: Saturday, February 3, 2024 and Saturday, February 10, 2024
Times: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST / 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

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PLENARY 8:00 am-8:30 am PST / 11:00 am-11:30pm EST

Day 1
Classroom Routines and Oral Language development

In these sessions, we will focus on:

  • developing oral language skills through the extensive use of the Gesture Approach
  • learning gestures and how to use them to effectively helps students develop oral language skills
  • simplifying the language so that you may engage exclusively in the Target language with students
  • implementing effective AIM Routines for engagement and successful classroom management
  • using Transition songs develop language skills and create a sense of security and predictability

Day 2
Centre Activities!

In these sessions, we will focus on:

  • the continued development oral language skills
  • how to model activities so that students may effectively engage in centre activities exclusively in French
  • how to ensure that students engage in French only in all activities
  • AIM activities that develop written language skills
  • a variety of concrete activities that take the AIM philosophy into the teaching of social studies, math, science, art and language arts

You will receive recordings of the sessions to view at your leisure for 90 days!

    BUNDLE your 2-day training with our 70-minute Specialty Sessions on February 17th!

    1-Day AIM Specialty Sessions (Regular Price $215.00)

    Each session will be 70 minutes long. You will receive a link to each of the 5 live sessions, and can attend whichever ones you likeSince some of these sessions may overlap, you will receive recordings of the sessions to view at your leisure for 90 days!

    Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024

    PLENARY 7:15 am-7:30 am PST / 10:15 am-10:30am EST

    1. Story Extension and Book Publishing - 7:30am-8:40am PST / 10:30am-11:40am EST
    with Wendy Maxwell, Creator of the AIM

    Prerequisite: For teachers of Core French/FSL or Immersion students (Grades 2 and up) who have taken the Beginner Foundations or live Beginner Training.

    In this 70-minute session, we will focus on:

    • reviewing the AIM strategies and techniques designed to support your classroom management
    • introducing new strategies developed that have worked effectively such as 'le prof du jour'
    • sharing with each other additional systems and strategies that have been effective

    2. Hands-on Practice with AIM Readers - 8:50am-10:00am PST / 11:50am-1:00pm EST with Pauline Galea

    Prerequisite: For teachers of French who have taken Level 1 Beginner AIM Training.

    In this 70-minute hands-on workshop, we will:
    • demonstrate how to use Pauline's new readers series 'Les sons' with your students, both to teach the emergent readers in early immersion classes and to help older students in grades 3, 4 or 5 and who are new to the language, recognize sounds that are particular to French.
    • provide hands-on practice to show how to effectively use AIM strategies such as des questions totales et partielles and
    • provide hands-on practice with activities such as Vrai ou Faux ?, Qu'est-ce que tu vois dans l'image ? and Décris l'image to develop oral language skills in short, simple activities that may be done anytime with very little preparation!

    3. Hands-on Grammar Practice - 10:10am-11:20am PST / 1:10pm-2:20pm EST with Edite Sammons, Chief Curriculum Consultant

    Prerequisite: For teachers of Core French/FSL or Immersion students (Grades 2 and up) who have taken Level 1 Beginner AIM Training.

    In this 70-minute session, we will focus on:

    • gesturing targeted grammar concepts including les infinitifs and le passé. 
    • demonstration of AIM's Corrige les erreurs activity and                                     
    • the effective use of the error correction code.

    4. La vie en action ! Developing creativity with silent movies - 11:30am-12:40pm PST / 2:30pm-3:40pm EST with Richard Smith, Certified AIM teacher/facilitator

    Prerequisite: For teachers of Core French/FSL or Immersion students (Grades 2 and up) who have taken at minimum Level 2 Training and who have completed a Step 2 Kit or above, confidently implementing Story Retelling and Extension with their students.

    In this 70-minute session, Richard will show you how to use a silent movie to promote the development of descriptive vocabulary, thinking skills and creativity in a fun and motivating way! This workshop is for teachers whose students already have a developed proficiency in French and who have experienced both story retelling and story extension.

    5. TBD


    Refund Policy: 
    Up to 2 weeks prior 90% refunded.
    No refunds two weeks prior to Winter Institute.