Live In-Person - Summer Institute 2024 in TORONTO ON. - LEVEL 1 - French

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Beginner - 2-Day Training - French (Core/FSL Grades K-11)

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Do you want to experience the excitement of seeing your students reading, writing, and speaking the target language?

At AIM Language Learning, we’re on a mission to help increase student language acquisition through our unique classroom methodology. Our approach to language learning provides teaching resources, teacher development, and ongoing support for language teachers, from Kindergarten to grade 12.

We invite you to attend our Level 1 AIM Workshops!

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Level 1 - 2 Day Training - Beginner - 'Let's Get Started with AIM' 

For Core/FSL (Grades K-12) and French Immersion (Grades K-6) Late Immersion/Extended French (Grades 4-8) with Wendy Maxwell, Creator of the AIM

Dates: Early July, 2024 (Two seven-hour days of training/networking)
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location:
The York School 1320 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X2
(The York School is located on Yonge Street between Summerhill and St. Clair subway stations.)

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PLENARY 8:30 am-9:00 am

Day 1

Develop oral language skills

In these sessions you will:
  • review the key principles, strategies and techniques of the methodology
  • show how to accelerate the development of language proficiency through the Gesture Approach
  • demonstrate how to use gestures spontaneously to create authentic interactions and proficiency
  • show how rhythm, rhyme and music may effectively increase engagement and the development of language skills
Day 2

Help students develop written proficiency

In these sessions you will:

  • effectively use the Partner/Group Activities Book
  • seamlessly segué from oral to written activities
  • model written activities so that students may effectively engage in partner/group activities exclusively in French
  • implement systems to help students monitor their exclusive use of the Target Language only


Register early to take advantage of our Early Bird rates!


Cost:
-Tier 1 SAVE $100 (Extra Early Bird) - Pricing to April 30, 2024
  • Three-Day $749
  • Two-Day $549
  • One-Day $250

-Tier 2  SAVE $50 (Early Bird) - Pricing for May 1st - June 30, 2024

  • Three-Day $799
  • Two-Day $599
  • One-Day $250
-Tier 3 FULL PRICE - Pricing after June 30, 2024
  • Three-Day $849
  • Two-Day $649
  • One-Day $250

Note: B.C. Teachers may apply for a Bursary to cover the cost of the Workshop plus travel expenses! Limited availability, so apply TODAY.
Other Provinces: We encourage you to contact your local federation as there are often professional development bursaries available.


BUNDLE your 2-day training with our Specialty Sessions!

1-Day AIM Specialty Sessions (Regular Price $250.00)

Date: TBD, 2024

Registration (for new participants) -  8:00am

Workshop details:

1. Games in the AIM Classroom  with Dan Bart, Certified AIM teacher/facilitator

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

In this 90-minute session, you will:

  • observe and learn several fun and motivating games developed by Dan Bart, Richard Smith and Karen Oraas as well as:
  • learn how games are incorporated into the AIM classroom using AIM techniques such as TLSE
  • understand how games can be used to review taught material and target language
  • learn why games are so useful for supporting engagement, variety, and spontaneity in the second language classroom.

2. Hands-on basic Gesture Practice with Wendy Maxwell, Creator of the AIM

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

In this 90-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!

3. Classroom Management - with Pauline Galea, AIM certified Teacher/Mentor, host of Parlez avec Pauline

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

In this 90-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. La vie en action ! Developing creativity with silent movies 
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 90-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. On AIMe la cuisine ! Fun with Cooking in the AIM Classroom
with Mardi Michels, AIM Certified Teacher/Facilitator and author of 'In the French Kitchen with Kids'

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

In this 90-minute session, we will focus on:

  • Learn how to "AIM-ify" culture in the French classroom
  • Experience Mardi's units of study around cooking and food for the play Comment y aller and the reader, Jean-Michel, acrobate
  • Learn how to have students research typical ingredients and recipes, write research questions and present their knowledge in various formats (including "Tasty-style" cooking videos)
  • Learn how to structure a similar unit based on student interest and ability, all using the PDL to make the activities accessible to all

6. Hands-on Practice with AIM Readers with Pauline Galea, AIM certified Teacher/Mentor, host of Parlez avec Pauline

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

In this 90-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!

 

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Refund Policy: 
Up to one week before date of workshop: 90% REFUND.
No Refund if cancellation less than seven days before workshop.

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Learn about some of the challenges Primary School Teachers face when teaching languages.

The Gesture Approach

The AIM is a methodology that supports students by providing strategies and techniques that ensure student language acquisition and a high level of engagement. The Gesture Approach allows students to visualize, hear, say and 'feel' the language simultaneously, and this results in rapid proficiency development.

A Literacy- and Arts-Based Approach

Through the use of story and drama, songs, raps, and dances, students are moving to the language as they create meaning. Scaffolding and cooperative learning strategies help all students - the shy, weak, and strong - to find great support and success.

High-Frequency Vocabulary

One of the most essential aspects of AIM that ensures student success is the high-frequency vocabulary (Pared-Down Language) that threads throughout every aspect of this methodology. AIM is designed such that each word is repeated extensively, allowing students to develop a strong foundation for language proficiency.

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