VANCOUVER Live In-Person - Fall Institute 2024 - LEVEL 2 - Refresh, Reinforce and Consolidate - French

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Refresh Reinforce & Consolidate - 2-Day Training (Core/FSL)

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Level 2 - 2-Day Training - Refresh, Reinforce and Consolidate

For Core/FSL (Grades K-12) and French Immersion ( Grades K-6) Late Immersion/Extended French ( Grades 4-8) 

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2024 (Two seven-hour days of training/networking)
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Location: West Point Grey Academy, Vancouver BC 

Recommended hotel: TBD

We have GREAT news!! French Teachers in British Columbia may apply for the Bursary!
Click here to apply. (Under section ‘C’ the name of the institution is AIM Language Learning and the name of the course is the Summer Institute.)

  • the full cost of tuition will be covered for a 2 day workshop plus the Specialty Session. (You must apply for and attend all three days to qualify!) Please click on this picture to see an example of how your application form must look
  • there is a travel allowance if you are travelling over 100 kms each way (up to $800) 
  • there is a childcare subsidy of up to $300 
  • bursaries will be allocated on a first come, first served basis
  • it may take some time to hear of acceptance

Funding is limited, so apply soon!

Would you like to receive University credits for AIM courses?
AIM is now approved! Click here for more information.

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 drive deeper 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 meets the needs of more experienced AIM teachers.

In order to register for this workshop and to participate fully in all the activities, you must confirm that you:

  • know all of the gestures from a Step One kit.
  • have actively used AIM in the past two years.
  • have implemented a Step One kit in full. You know how to model all the basic language manipulation activities up to and including Questions Partielles.

If you are not able to answer 'yes' to the above, we recommend that you register for a Level 1 Training.

    Don't miss out! There will be live demonstration classes with students given by AIM Creator, Wendy Maxwell.

    PLENARY 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

    WORKSHOPS 9:00 a.m.  to 3:00 p.m.

    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



    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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    The Gesture Approach

    The AIM is a methodology that supports students by providing strategies and techniques that ensure student language acquisition and a high level of engagement. The Gesture Approach allows students to visualize, hear, say and 'feel' the language simultaneously, and this results in rapid proficiency development.

    A Literacy- and Arts-Based Approach

    Through the use of story and drama, songs, raps, and dances, students are moving to the language as they create meaning. Scaffolding and cooperative learning strategies help all students - the shy, weak, and strong - to find great support and success.

    High-Frequency Vocabulary

    One of the most essential aspects of AIM that ensures student success is the high-frequency vocabulary (Pared-Down Language) that threads throughout every aspect of this methodology. AIM is designed such that each word is repeated extensively, allowing students to develop a strong foundation for language proficiency.

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