Live In-Person - Summer Institute July 3-5, 2024 in TORONTO ON. LEVEL 3 - Up Your AIM Game - French

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Up Your Game - 2-Day Training - FRENCH Core/FSL

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Level 3 - 2-Day Training - Up Your AIM Game 

For Core/FSL (Grades K-12) and French Immersion ( Grades 3-6) Late Immersion/Extended French ( Grades 4-8)
with Jen McKinney, AIM Australian Representative/Teacher Trainer

Dates: July 3-5, 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.)

*For this workshop, we are bringing Jen McKinney from Australia. Please register early to reserve your seat!

Prerequisite for this workshop
In order to register for this workshop, please confirm that you:

  • have been teaching AIM for at least 2 years and have used at minimum a Step 3 Kit;
  • have successfully implemented Story Retelling with your students and your students are able to write 5 to 10 page Story Retellings with added detail;
  • use gestures confidently to communicate spontaneously with the class.

We will be demonstrating activities that require solid knowledge of the Steps 1, 2 and 3 Kits and your preparedness is essential to your success and the success of others in the workshop. 


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Come socialize, network and relax with colleagues at our

Complimentary Wine and Cheese on July 3! 🍷🧀


PLENARY 8:30 am-9:00 am

Day 1
Moving students forward with oral language development

In these sessions you will:
  • learn fun AIM activities and games that promote oral language development 
  • learn how to implement engaging vocabulary-building activities
  • review how to maximize oral language production in order to develop strong oral proficiency
  • understand how to continue to refine oral language skills/grammar knowledge through AIM's three-step inductive approach
  • learn how to help students take ownership over their learning

Day 2:
Promoting creativity with the language in oral and written activities

In these sessions you will:
  • learn how to effectively engage in one of the most important (and fun!) AIM activities - Written Story Extension...and Book Publishing!
  • learn how to teach the editing process through AIM's règles en rap as well as the error correction code
  • gain ideas as to how manage effectively partner/group activity time, maintaining the target language only through new AIM systems beyond les cartes
  • learn about AIM's assessment and student self-assessment tools as well as Portfolio Assessment

 


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 on July 5th!

1-Day AIM Specialty Sessions (Regular Price $275.00)

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 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. 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 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

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. 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!

5. TBA

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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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