TORONTO Live In-Person - Summer Institute 2024 in TORONTO July 3 & 4 LEVEL 1 - French

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Level 1 - Two-Day Training - For Core/FSL (Grades K-12) and French Immersion (Grades 3-6) Late Immersion/Extended French (Grades 4-8)

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Level 1 - 2 Day Training - Beginner - 'Let's Get Started with AIM' 

For Core/FSL (Grades K-12) and French Immersion (Grades K-6) Late Immersion/Extended French (Grades 4-8) with Wendy Maxwell, Creator of the AIM

Dates: July 3 & 4, 2024 (Two seven-hour days of training/networking)
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location (details below):
The York School 1320 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X2

Do you want to experience the excitement of seeing your students reading, writing, and speaking the target language?

We invite you to attend our Level 1 AIM Workshops!

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.

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

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PLENARY 8:30 am-9:00 am

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
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!

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 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 one week before date of workshop: 90% REFUND.
No Refund if cancellation less than seven days before workshop.

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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