$630.00 $710.00
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 and enter SII as the group code.

If you receive a group code error, it should clear up once the correct arrival and departure dates have been entered.

Reservations using the link must be made by Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Any reservations made after the cutoff date will be subject to availability and the prevailing rate.

If you wish to book room types other than those listed under the group block, or wish to arrive early, or extend their stay, please call the hotel directly 1-877-688-2324 ext 2 to make their reservations.

AIM Part 1 FSL/Core

AIM Part 1 For FSL/Core teachers (for teachers new to AIM)

This entry-level training will help Core/FSL teachers new to the methodology get started right away. You will learn the gestures from your first Kit and will experience what it is like to be a student in an AIM classroom. All the basic techniques, strategies and activities (both oral and written) will be covered.

AIM Part 1 Immersion

AIM Part 1 For Immersion teachers (for teachers new to AIM)

Specialty workshop AIM Part 1 for Kindergarten/ALF Francophone/French Immersion We will work with Kindergarten teachers, Primary Immersion teachers and ALF Kindergarten Teachers to show how you may use AIM in your program to accelerate language skills and take the methodology into different subject areas!

AIM Part 2 FSL/Core/Immersion

AIM Part 2** For FSL/Core and Immersion Teachers

This workshop is for teachers who are working with AIM already. We will show you how to take your implementation to a new level and will deepen your understanding of the many AIM techniques, strategies and activities!

** We require the following pre-requisites in order to register for the Refresher/Intermediate Workshop:

    -I am working on implementing the target language-only rule and have some success;
    -I am somewhat confident with gesturing/using TLSE with my class;
    -I am working on an AIM Kit, have taught with the methodology for at least one year;
    -I may or may not have attempted a Story Retelling but am ready to try.

AIM Part 3 FSL/Core/Immersion

AIM Part 3*** For FSL/Core and Immersion Teachers

It is for very seasoned AIM teachers who have reached a high level of implementation of the main strategies, techniques and activities of methodology. In this workshop we will show you how to improve your your student's creativity, work on grammar refinements and delve into other activities that appear in the highest Step Kits. You will have opportunities to collaborate and share ideas. This workshop is also for AIM teachers who have received their part or full certification from their mentor.

*** We require the following pre-requisites in order to register for the Advanced Workshop:

    -I am successful with the target language-only rule;
    - My students speak only in French. I am able to gesture everything in whole-class activities with confidence and to gesture spontaneously with ease;
    -I have completed at least two Step Kits, including all activities in the Kits and have taught with the methodology for at least two years;
    -I understand and engage my students in story retellings and extensions in each Kit and they write retellings and extensions with a partner in each Kit, Step Two and above.

AIM Part 4 Certification


This is a highly personalized course for Advanced AIM teachers who are looking to receive a certificate that recognizes their high levels of implementation of AIM. You will work with a mentor who will view your classroom video footage and student work samples and who will make suggestions to improve your practice, as needed!

  • Breakfast  and lunch are included in the conference price. 
    *Dinner at 13th Street Winery is optional.
  • Welcome reception at 6:30 pm to be followed by dinner with wine included at 13th Street Winery.
  • Snack breaks provided throughout the conference.

  • There will be a complimentary shuttle provided to and from the hotel/school and 13th Street Winery.
You won’t want to miss it!

Due to COVID-19, we are postponing our AIM Institute to a later date. As soon as we have more information on when workshops like this are permitted, we will be able to determine a date.


Find out how you can attend Summer Institute East for only $199! 

We are excited to announce that we now have four levels of training and AIM accreditation available to teachers: See dropdowns to the left of this page for full descriptions!

We recommend that teachers come to training at least every two years, as new ideas are introduced to help teachers move forward with AIM implementation!

Date & Time

July 2nd & 3rd, 2020
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Arrival/Package Pickup

July 2nd - Time 8:00am 


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

Tel: (905) 684-1889 

Airport Shuttle Information:

Give your students and your teaching practice a boost of energy or move your AIM implementation to a new level. 

View AIM Demonstration Classes! 

“If students could experience this type of learning success in every subject,
we would bring education to an entirely different level for our kids!
This is truly an incredible methodology.”
-Angelle Rickard, French Teacher

 What is the AIM?

The Accelerative Integrated Methodology (AIM), is a research-based
language teaching methodology developed by a Canadian teacher
in her classroom and that is now used in classrooms
all over the world to teach languages!
The AIM has proven success at rapidly accelerating 
students’ oral and written proficiency. 

Many eyes are on the AIM as it is transforming how languages are taught. Research published in 2019 in the Netherlands show that 
AIM students outperform other students in ALL language skills!

You won't want to miss this! Join our networking event evening in a vineyard under the stars at the stunning 13th Street Winery

Only $55 + taxes and gratuity per person 

This year you are invited to join us at a Gourmet Burger Party... a wonderful opportunity for casual networking on the beautiful grounds of a Niagara winery. Included in the price is an open bar - sample all the wine you wish. The winery will not be serving your typical burgers - the chef will prepare everything in-house, including a variety of salads and very unique condiments.  And to top it off, the dessert is a butter tart - not just ANY butter tart - in the 2017 edition of House and Garden magazine, 13th Street Winery Bakery was awarded has having the BEST butter tarts in Canada.  


View Map   

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".