$614.00 $714.00
About Summer Institute

The Summer Institute will enable new teachers to learn about the unique techniques and strategies used in the AIM, and experienced teachers to deepen their knowledge and skills.

Connect and share best practices with teachers from across North America and around the world who share a passion for languages and innovative teaching practices

A wealth of topics will be covered for both new and experienced AIM teachers.

AIM is a balanced literacy approach that uses effective strategies and techniques to accelerate language acquisition. Through its multimodal design, AIM is a program that provides support for all learners with varying learning styles, intelligences and strengths. Embedded in the design of the program are many principles of Universal Design for Learning and AIM has proven to be successful at ensuring that inclusion is possible in a second language classroom!


Holiday Inn, St. Catharines

Visit Enter AIM as the group code
Reservations using the link must be made by June 23, 2019 
If you wish to book room types other than those listed under the group block, or wish to arrive early, or extend your stay, please call the hotel directly 1-877-688-2324 ext 2 to make your reservations.
The hotel will honor the AIM rates for additional nights booked outside of the conference dates.
Please note: Online booking link is not mobile friendly, the link must be used on a computer.

For Experienced AIM Teachers

Experienced AIM teachers will: 

  • work in groups to discover what they know and what they still need to learn about AIM
  • review and articulate the key strategies for success with AIM
  • get hands-on practice with new, more advanced and challenging AIM  activities
  • work in groups to analyse teacher classroom videos and critique the implementation of the methodology, while reflecting on their own practice
  • learn to improve questioning techniques with AIM
  • learn to be successful with spontaneous gesturing - AIM-ifying anything we wish!
  • learn additional techniques to ensure a target-language only classroom
  • further their understanding ofAIM's three-step inductive approach to grammar/li>
  • receive in-depth practice with AIM's most important activity  creative storytelling - retelling and extension as well as book publishing!
For New AIM Teachers

Teachers new to AIM will learn:

  • gestures from Wendy Maxwell’s 'Gesture Approach'
  • how to get your students speaking French and how to establish (painlessly!) a French-only classroom environment from the very first day of classes
  • to scaffold activities to ensure maximum student confidence and success
  • to use music and choreography as part of the AIM
  • how to work with AIM plays at the beginning levels
  • how to model basic language manipulation activities
  • how to maximize use of gestures and have students talking with you at all times!
  • how to introduce story retelling 
  • how to get language production from shy and behaviourally-challenged students
  • how to correct work with an emphasis on error analysis as a way to refine grammar knowledge in context
  • how the AIM ensures that proficiency develops so that students can engage in authentic tasks right from the beginning
  • Breakfast  and lunch are included in the conference price. 
    *Dinner at Ravine Winery is optional.
  • There will a Welcome Reception with wine tasting at Ravine Winery, from 5:00-6:30 pm at the end of day 1, followed by a dinner for those who choose the dinner option.
  • Snack breaks provided throughout the conference

  • There will be a complimentary shuttle provided to and from the hotel/school and Ravine Winery
You won’t want to miss it!
Niagara, Ontario
Date & Time

Wednesday, July 3rd & Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Arrival/Package Pickup

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 - Time 8:00am 

Download the 2019 Program Guide Here


We are thrilled to have two inspiring Keynotes!

Sylvia Duckworth
Avid sketchnoter, AIM French teacher and Tech Coach, Google Certified Innovator and TrainerApple Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator with 32 years of teaching experience in the public and independent school systems.

Jen Moodie
Formatrice du DELF and FSL Learning Coordinator Thames Valley DSB will show how AIM aligns with the new Ontario Curriculum and the CEFR!


Ridley College
2 Ridley Road
St. Catharines, ON Canada L2R 7C3

Tel: (905) 684-1889 


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We will be hosting our *Welcome Reception & Dinner at Farm-to-Table - Ravine Winery Restaurant.
Be sure to include dinner when registering! It's not just a restaurant - it's an experience!

AIM 2017 at Ravine from Wendy Maxwell on Vimeo.

Ravine was ranked one of the top 20 best wineries around the world to eat and drink, compliments of

*Welcome Reception is FREE and includes wine tasting.

Wine tasting!

We can't visit wine country without enjoying a wine tasting tour!
You won't want to miss the spectacular views and the opportunity to get to Those who wish to partake in a wine tasting tour are encouraged to do so! We will leave it up to you to plan your own excursions, but we are happy to provide recommendations of tours in the area.


Cancellation Policy:

Up to one week before date of workshop: 90% REFUND.

No Refund if cancellation less than seven days before workshop.

Note: We have availability in all workshops unless noted as "SOLD OUT".