AIM Virtual Summer Institute 2024 - Level 1 - Beginner Mandarin

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Level 1 - 2-day Training - Beginner Mandarin with Anita Shum

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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Cost: $429.00 per teacher, or you can bundle with our 1-Day AIM Specialty Sessions for $575.00.

Dates: July 15 & 16, 2024 (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

Let's Get Talking in French

In these sessions we will:
  • provide hands-on practice with the 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

Moving from Oral to Written

In these sessions we will:

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

You will receive recordings of the sessions to view at your leisure for 90 days!

    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 19, 2024

    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 - 

      10:10am-11:20am PST / 1:10pm-2:20pm 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

        3. 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!

        4. Games in the AIM Classroom  

        12:50pm-2:00pm PST / 3:50pm-5:00pm ESTwith 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 70-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.

        5. TBD


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              Up to 2 weeks prior 90% refunded.
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