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Friday, May 16 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
The AIM in the Post-secondary Classroom

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The AIM (Accelerative Integrated Method) is a gesture-supported language teaching methodology developed over the past ten years by B.C. educator Wendy Maxwell and now widely implemented throughout K-12 school boards throughout Canada and the U.S. Its outcomes-based approach coincides with the objectives of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages now being implemented in language teaching worldwide. The AIM is currently being piloted in a section of beginners’ French at TRU. This is the first use of the methodology at the post-secondary level in Canada.

In this workshop will begin with a brief demonstration of the teaching technique by giving a sample interactive lesson using a fictitious language so that attendees can experience the methodology first-hand as learners. We will view some of the AIM materials and discuss how the methodology was applied in a section of FREN 1000 at TRU in 2013. A brief review of existing research on the method will be provided, and successes and opportunities will be discussed. The session will conclude with an overview of a formal research project now underway through the TRU Teaching and Learning Scholars program to measure the efficacy of the AIM in the post-secondary classroom. Audience participation, questions, input and discussion are highly encouraged.

This presentation may be of interest to second-language teachers at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels. It may also interest instructional designers and researchers working on second language acquisition, adult learning and gesture-based learning.


Of Interest to: Post-secondary education, K-12 educators, Instructional designers, Researchers

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Annette Dominik

Senior Lecturer, English and Modern Languages, Thompson Rivers University
Dr. Annette Dominik teaches French, Spanish and Linguistics at TRU. Her commitment to teaching inspires her to innovate in many areas of teaching and learning, including pioneering early field schools in Modern Languages.

Friday May 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Campus Activity Centre, CAC 346 900 McGill Road, Kamloops, BC, Canada V2C 0C8

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