VIRTUAL AIM Summer Institute 2024 - LEVEL 2 - Refresh, Reinforce and Consolidate - French July 17 & 18, 2024

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Level 2 - 2 Day Training - Refresh, Reinforce and Consolidate -  (Core/FSL-Grades K-12; French Immersion-Grades 3-6; Late Immersion/Extended French-Grades 4-8)
with Wendy Maxwell, Creator of the AIM (Day 1) and Edite Sammons, AIM Chief Curriculum, Consultant (Day 2) 

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 increase 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 we are modifying to meet 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.
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Note: B.C. Teachers may apply for a Bursary to cover the cost of the Workshop (2-day training plus Specialty sessions). Limited availability, so apply TODAY.

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

Dates: July 17 & 18, 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:
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

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 $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 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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