TORONTO Live In-Person - Summer Institute 2024 July 5th - AIM Specialty Sessions

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1-day AIM Specialty Sessions

Date: July 5th, 2024
Location (Details below): The York School 1320 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X2

(for new participants) - 7:15am to 8:00am

Workshop hours: 8:00am to 3:00pm

Cost: $275.00 per teacher for all 5 courses

You can bundle this product with any 2-Day Training Session (July 3 & 4) for $799.00.
To do so, you must order your bundle at one of the links below:
Level 1 - 2 Day Training - Core French
Level 2 - 2 Day Training - Core French

Level 3 - 2 Day Training - Core French

Note: Teachers must have attended at minimum one Beginner AIM Training (live online or in-person) to attend these sessions

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

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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 2 weeks prior 90% refunded.
    No refunds two weeks prior to Summer Institute.

    Location & Parking

    Location The York School is located at 1320 Yonge St., south of St. Clair Ave. in the Middle and Senior School building. The main entrance is on Yonge St. at the south corner of the building.  (Please note that there are two campuses and the Junior School building is located at1639 Yonge St., north of St. Clair. Don't go to this one!)

    Getting Here The school is located along the TTC Line 1 (Yonge) and getting off at either St. Clair or Summerhill are short walks to school. If you are driving, there is a Green P parking lot located at 40 Rosehill Avenue, a short walk from school. The neighbouring streets of Woodlawn, Farnham, Jackes and Balmoral all have street parking. Availability might be limited at that time of day and be sure to check the signage. 

    Accessibility The main entrance to the school is a ramp. There is an elevator that will be available for anyone to use during the event. Please do not bring nuts or nut products into the building. Please reach out to us if you have any other accessibility needs.

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