$425.00
Beginner/Refresher FSL/Core

Teachers 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
Beginner/Refresher Immersion

Teachers 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
  • how to take the AIM strategies into other subject areas in an immersion classroom
Experienced AIM Teachers
  • 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 analyze 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 of AIM's three-step inductive approach to grammar
  • receive in-depth practice with AIM's most important activity creative storytelling - retelling and extension as well as book publishing!
Vancouver Accommodations
Vancouver Hotel rates increase significantly in the summer months, so please make your hotel reservations early to obtain the best rates. Alternatively, many Teachers tell us of the wonderful deals and great places to stay in Vancouver by booking with Airbnb  (www.airbnb.ca)
*Special Bundled Price

Make sure you have the resources you need to implement the AIM in your language classroom: bundle your training with an AIM Teaching Kit and SAVE 15%!

To order a bundle please call us at 1-800-668-6288 (North America) or 1-604-984-0015 (International).

For Bundled Price: Register by May 31, 2019.

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".

Workshop Details

These interactive and practical workshops will give you the opportunity to discover and try some of the AIM’s innovative techniques. Learn the unique tools and strategies used in an AIM classroom.

Facilitators: Wendy Maxwell, Shannon Bourbonnais and Edite Sammons

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.

Workshop Info
Vancouver Workshop Location:

York House School
4176 Alexandra St,
Vancouver, BC
V6J 2V6

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Date & Time

Saturday, August 24th, 2019 and Sunday, August 25th, 2019 
 at 9:00am-3:00pm each day

Meals

Breakfast and lunch are included in the workshop price.
Continental Breakfast @ 8:30am

Unleash the Power of the AIM...for Teaching French! Vancouver BC

Location: 

York House School
4176 Alexandra St, 
Vancouver, BC 
V6J 2V6

Dates: 
2 Day  workshop 
Saturday, August 24th, 2019 and Sunday, August 25th, 2019

ADD ON DAY 3  Monday August 26th if you get approved for the Ministry of BC Bursary.  for 20 instructional hours. 

The streams are:

FSL Beginner/Refresher Workshop with Wendy Maxwell
French Immersion Beginner/Refresher Workshop with Shannon Bourbonnais
Experienced Workshop with Edite Sammons
Beginner Workshops:
Teachers 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 behaviorally-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
  • *how to take the AIM strategies into other subject areas in an immersion classroom
*for immersion teachers only
    Experienced Workshop:
    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 of AIM's three-step inductive approach to grammar
    • receive in-depth practice with AIM's most important activity creative storytelling - retelling and extension as well as book publishing! 

    Register for the 2 day workshop today! 

    BC Ministry of Education bursaries for FSL teachers to attend AIM training!

    The Ministry of Education has worked with us to develop a 3-day (20 hours) AIM training series that will allow teachers to access a bursary to attend AIM training!

    For more information on the Bursary click here:  French Bursary Criteria

    To apply, click here:

    https://www.bcedextranet.gov.bc.ca/bursary/provincal-programs-professional-development.htm

    What is covered? Travel and accommodation plus registration fee for the workshop.

    How do I receive the funds? The Ministry will confirm reception of applications and follow-up with eligible candidates. The bursaries are a reimbursement of actual costs related to the AIM training workshop, according to receipts and confirmation of enrollment