Live In-Person - Summer Institute 2024 in TORONTO ON. July 3 & 4 LEVEL 2 - Refresh, Reinforce and Consolidate - French

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Refresh Reinforce & Consolidate - 2-Day Training (Core/FSL)

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Level 2 - 2-Day Training - Refresh, Reinforce and Consolidate

For For Core/FSL (Grades K-12) and French Immersion (Grades K-6) Late Immersion/Extended French (Grades 4-8) with Edite Sammons (Certified AIM teacher/mentor and Chief Curriculum Consultant)

Dates: July 3 & 4, 2024 (Two seven-hour days of training/networking)
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location (Details below): The York School 1320 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X2

Come socialize, network and relax with colleagues at our 
Complimentary Wine and Cheese on July 3! 🍷🧀

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Are you ready to improve your AIM teaching practice? A refresher is just what you need! This course will reinforce the AIM approach and will help you drive deeper student engagement.

This is a NEW workshop for AIM teachers! It is designed to provide extensive hands-on experience with a few aspects of AIM that teachers often need to review and reinforce. It is a preparatory workshop for success with Level 3 Up your Game with AIM workshop, which meets the needs of more experienced AIM teachers.

Because you will need to know the Step One gestures and other aspects of the methodology to do the activities in this workshop, if you fit into any of these categories, you may either repeat a Level 1 training or wait until you meet the pre-requisites.

  • If you do not know all the gestures from a Step One kit.
  • You have not actively used AIM for the past two years.
  • You have not implemented a Step One kit in full.

PLENARY 8:30 am-9:00 am
Day 1:
Developing further oral language skills

In these sessions you will:
  • improve your understanding of and practice with the basic Gesture Approach techniques
  • receive extensive hands-on practice with TLSE/Spontaneous gesturing, to improve your proficiency with the ongoing gesturing with your class
  • learn how to maximize language use through basic oral questions and other activities
  • learn simple, effective vocabulary-building oral activities/games

Day 2:
Moving forward with written proficiency

In these sessions you will:
  • review some basic written modelling techniques as well as ones that push students further in their ability to maximize language use and begin to edit their own work
  • review and extend your knowledge of AIM classroom systems and routines that develop language proficiency and engagement during written partner/group activities
  • develop your skills in implementing one of AIM's most important creative Activities: Story Retelling

    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 $285.00)

    Date: July 5, 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 65-minute session, Dan will show you how to:

    • 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. Story Extension and Book Publishing - with Wendy Maxwell, Creator of the AIM

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

    In this 65-minute session, Wendy 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

    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 65-minute session, Pauline 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. 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 65-minute hands-on workshop Pauline 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!

    5. 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 65-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.


    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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