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Level 2 - 2 Day Training - Refresh, Reinforce and Consolidate - FRENCH IMMERSION
with Ann Chiasson, author of our new Immersion Teacher's Guides in our Immersion Kits

Because you will need to know the step one gestures to do the activities in this workshop, if you fit into any of these categories, we recommend that you repeat Level 1 - Beginner.  
  1. If you do not know all the gestures from a Step one kit.
  2. You have not actively used AIM for the past two years.
  3. You have not implemented a Step 1 kit in full.


In this interactive two-day workshop, you will  learn how to take the AIM into all areas of your immersion day and curriculum, while also having the opportunity to put your skills to work by teaching actual immersion lessons to a group of teacher-participants! 

This is a NEW workshop for AIM teachers! It is designed to provide extensive hands-on experience with a few aspects of AIM that teachers often need to review and reinforce. It is a preparatory workshop for success with Level 3 Up your Game with AIM workshop, which we are modifying to meet the needs of more experienced AIM teachers.

Cost: $415.00 per teacher (Includes 3 months' access to AIM Teacher Training Modules) or you can bundle with our 1-Day AIM Specialty Sessions for $575.00.

Dates: Sundays: January 22 & January 29, 2023
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 8:00am-8:30am PST / 11:00am-11:30pm EST

Day 1 - Developing further oral language skills:
In these sessions you will:

  • Improve your understanding of and practice with the basic Gesture Approach techniques
  • Explore various strategies for establishing and maintaining target language only in the immersion classroom
  • Receive extensive hands-on practice with TLSE/spontaneous gesturing, to improve your proficiency with ongoing gesturing with your class
  • Learn how to use authentic moments throughout the day to introduce, teach and practice new vocabulary
  • Learn how to adapt and develop daily routines in order to maximize oral production time for all students
  • Learn how to maximize language use through basic oral questions and other activities

Day 2 - Moving forward with the literacy program
In these sessions you will:
  • Look at how you can adapt language manipulation activities for use in center activities
  • Learn how to use story time to build story retelling skills
  • Learn how to use conversation partners to get students speaking in French to each other in a variety of contexts
  • Explore literacy activities in the AIM Immersion Guide

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 4th!

    1-Day AIM Specialty Sessions (Regular Price $205.00)

    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: February 4th, 2023

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

    1. Hands-on Gesture Practice - 7:30am-8:40am PST / 10:30am-11:40am EST
    with Wendy Maxwell, Creator of the AIM

    Prerequisite: For teachers of Core French/Spanish or Immersion students (Grades K and up) who have taken the Beginner live online or Beginner in-person training.

    In this 70-minute interactive session, Wendy will review important high-frequency gestures. You will practise teacher-led self-expression, how to vary your gesture reviews, how to conduct an 'Opposites Review' and some targeted work with gestures relating to grammar. Wendy will also take requests based on the needs/interests of the group!

    2. Grammar and the AIM - 8:50am-10:00am PST / 11:50am-1:00pm EST
    with Edite Sammons, AIM Chief Curriculum Consultant

    Prerequisite: For teachers of Core French/FSL or Immersion students (Grades 3 and up) who have taken the Beginner Foundations or live Beginner Training.

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

    • work with the AIM’s inductive Approach to Grammar
    • use the error correction code to help students reflect on their learning
    • develop improved grammar understanding through targeted gesture reviews

    3. Story Extension and Book Publishing - 10:10am-11:20am PST / 1:10pm-2:20pm 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

    4. Games in the AIM Classroom - 11:30am-12:40pm PST / 2:30pm-3:40pm EST
    with Cheryl Roper, Certified AIM teacher/facilitator

    Prerequisite: For teachers of Core French and French Immersion, (Grades 2 and up), who have experience with teaching AIM

    In this 70-minute session, you will learn:

    • a series of fun and engaging games, developed by Dan Bart, Richard Smith Karen Oraas, to motivate your students in the target language
    • strategies to organize and implement a variety of games
    • how games can engage even the most reluctant learner

    5. How to use AIM Readers - 12:50pm-2:00pm PST / 3:50pm-5:00pm EST
    with Cheryl Roper, AIM Certified Teacher/Mentor, MS - Curriculum & Instruction, Experienced High School French Teacher, WA State

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

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

    • how the wide variety of AIM readers can promote literacy in all ability levels
    • how to incorporate readers for full class or small group instruction
    • how to use the readers in classes of mixed ability levels

       

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