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Have Fun and Success Using AIM (Wendy Maxwell's Gesture Approach) for Your French Instruction

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Facilitator(s): Laurie Faber
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Nov 30, 2017 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
Day 2Dec 07, 2017 (9:00 am to 3:30 pm)
$100.00 (for 2 days)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 18-FR-160

Target Audience

Current and Future Teachers of FSL Grades 1 to 6, French Immersion Teachers, K and Grade 1

About this learning opportunity

This interactive and practical workshop will give you the opportunity to discover and try some of the AIM’s innovative techniques.

On Day 1, you will learn how to:

  • Get your students speaking the target language and using gestures starting from the very first day of classes!
  • Encourage language production from all students at all levels
  • Scaffold activities to ensure maximum student confidence and success
  • Use music and choreography to create an active and engaging classroom environment
  • Work with AIM plays at the beginning levels and utilize the effectiveness of a story-based approach
  • Introduce basic language manipulation activities

Day 2

The facilitator will continue to focus on the unique tools and strategies used in an AIM classroom.

Topics covered will include:

  • How to maximize use of gestures and have students speaking with you at all times
  • How to implement story retelling and story extension activities
  • How to correct work with an emphasis on error analysis as a way to refine grammar knowledge in context
  • How to align AIM with the Alberta Programs of Study, including how and when to integrate thematic vocabulary

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Laurie Faber has taught in French as a Second Language and adult ESL programs for the past 25 years. She has taught using the audio-lingual, communicative and thematic approaches. Laurie learned about the Accelerated Integrated Method while working on her Master's of Education degree and studying Multiple Intelligence theory. The AIM has revolutionized the way she teaches FSL; she has found that this methodology is theoretically sound and dramatically improves student L2 development in all language domains. Laurie is a certified AIM facilitator.

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