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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. 

Level 1 - 2 Day Training - Beginner Spanish
with Kem Opperman Torres and Jenny Purath
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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: July 17 & 18, 2023 (Two six-hour days of training)
Times: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST / 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

PLENARY 8:00 am-8:30 am PST / 11:00 am-11:30pm EST

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

      BUNDLE your 2-day training with our 70-minute Specialty Sessions on Friday!

      The following are Friday's sessions:

      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 will overlap, you will receive recordings of the sessions to view at your leisure for 90 days!

      Date: July 21, 2023

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

      Workshop details

      1. Hands-on basic 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/FSL or Immersion students who have taken Level 1 Beginner AIM Training.

      In this 70-minute interactive session, we will:

      • review important high-frequency gestures, practise teacher-led self-expression, and how to vary your gesture reviews,
      • demonstrate 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. Story Extension and Book Publishing - 8:50am-10:00am PST / 11:50am-1:00pm EST with Wendy Maxwell, Creator of the AIM

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

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

      • how to develop ideas for this activity from the beginning of your Kit
      • live demonstrations so that you may experience the process
      • sharing sample student stories for discussion

      2. Hands-on Grammar Practice - 10:10am-11:20am PST / 1:10pm-2:20pm EST with Edite Sammons, Chief Curriculum Consultant

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

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

      • gesturing targeted grammar concepts including les infinitifs and le passé. 
      • demonstration of AIM's Corrige les erreurs activity and                                     
      • the effective use of the error correction code.

      4. Ideas for Organizing your AIM classroom and Maintaining Home-School Communication -  11:30am-12:40pm PST / 2:30pm-3:40pm EST with Lisa Venne

      Prerequisite: For teachers of Core French/FSL/Immersion or Spanish students who have taken Level 1 Beginner AIM Training.

      In this 70-minute session, we will focus on strategies to stay afloat and achieve more with your students than imagined, including:
      • how to stay organized while travelling between classes
      • keeping up with and logging communication home
      • collecting valid observations/notes
      • staying on top marking while teaching to multiple grades/IEP's in an AIM classroom.

      5. Hands-on Practice with AIM Readers 12:50pm-2:00pm PST / 3:50pm-5:00pm EST with Pauline Galea

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

      In this 70-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!


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