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Level 2 - 2 Day Training - Refresh, Reinforce and Consolidate - FRENCH IMMERSION
with Ann Chiasson, author of our new Immersion Teacher's Guides in our Immersion Kits

IMPORTANT You may register only if you have the following pre-requisites:

  • You know all the gestures from a Step One kit.
  • You have successfully modelled all partner/group activities up to and Including Partial Questions.
  • You have actively used AIM for the past two years.
  • You have implemented a Step One kit in full.
  • You have attended an AIM Level 1 Training in the past three years.

    if you do not have one or more of the above pre-requisites you may either repeat a Level 1 training or wait until you meet the pre-requisites.

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      In this interactive two-day workshop, you will  learn how to take the AIM into all areas of your immersion day and curriculum, while also having the opportunity to put your skills to work by teaching actual immersion lessons to a group of teacher-participants! 

      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 we are modifying to meet the needs of more experienced AIM teachers.

      Cost: $429.00 per teacher (Includes 3 months' access to AIM Teacher Training Modules) or you can bundle with our 1-Day AIM Specialty Sessions for $599.00.

      Dates:  Sunday, February 4, 2024 and Sunday, February 11, 2024
      Times: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PST / 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

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

      Day 1 - Developing further oral language skills:
      In these sessions you will:

      • Improve your understanding of and practice with the basic Gesture Approach techniques
      • Explore various strategies for establishing and maintaining target language only in the immersion classroom
      • Receive extensive hands-on practice with TLSE/spontaneous gesturing, to improve your proficiency with ongoing gesturing with your class
      • Learn how to use authentic moments throughout the day to introduce, teach and practice new vocabulary
      • Learn how to adapt and develop daily routines in order to maximize oral production time for all students
      • Learn how to maximize language use through basic oral questions and other activities

      Day 2 - Moving forward with the literacy program
      In these sessions you will:
      • Look at how you can adapt language manipulation activities for use in center activities
      • Learn how to use story time to build story retelling skills
      • Learn how to use conversation partners to get students speaking in French to each other in a variety of contexts
      • Explore literacy activities in the AIM Immersion Guide

      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 February 17th!

        1-Day AIM Specialty Sessions (Regular Price $215.00)

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

        Date:  Saturday, February 17, 2024

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

        1. Story Extension and Book Publishing - 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 (Grades 2 and up) who have taken the Beginner Foundations or live Beginner Training.

        In this 70-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

        2. Hands-on Practice with AIM Readers - 8:50am-10:00am PST / 11:50am-1:00pm 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!

        3. 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. La vie en action ! Developing creativity with silent movies -       11:30am-12:40pm PST / 2:30pm-3:40pm EST 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 70-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. TBD


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