AIM Teacher & Parent Testimonials
"This exciting program, with its extensive and creative use of story and drama, provides second language teachers with opportunities to both motivate and engage students. It offers educators authentic means for not only developing the fluency levels of their students beyond what has been usually experienced in core French, but also ensures that students respond personally and creatively. Many of the language and literacy skills that students acquire in this program may transfer to other areas of the curriculum, thus making this program not only beneficial for the acceleration of their second language skills, but significant for their learning in general."
"I attended your workshop in Victoria in August. I purchased Histoires en Action 1 and in September I began using it with students from grades 1 to 6. The results have been amazing. We have been doing AIM for just three months now and I have heard so much wonderful feedback from the parents! Siblings in different grades are speaking French to each other at the dinner table. Children spontaneously greet me on the playground in French. Two of my grade three students got together for a play date the other day. Their moms tell me that they played Barbies, and for the whole time, their Barbies spoke French. Bravo Wendy for your fabulous program!"
"From an administrator's standpoint, I embrace the AIM program. Research tells us that students need to be actively involved in engaging material in order to make sense of and retain new material and AIM does just that!"
"To my utter amazement, my son is flourishing in French in Ms. Duckworth's class where Wendy Maxwell's programme is taught. He loves French class and comes home talking to me in French. We are so pleased with his progress."
"Parents were telling me that their children are practising the gestures at the dinner table, in the bathtub, in the car on the way home!!!! The parents are amazed at how "into it" the kids
are. I'm especially pleased with my Special Ed classes. They're working at the same level as all the others!!! I'm a happy, happy teacher!"
"I have been most excited by the way in which they write the creative stories after working on a play. The quality is very high. The students' knowledge, comfort and comprehension with the language they are using surpassed all my expectations. They are proud of themselves too!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"What was my teaching life like pre-AIM? I cringe when I now look back and realise how little productive language my students had. Now my students love French and the parents too. I could never return to the old method of teaching!"
"I am so excited about AIM. I know that I enjoy teaching more now than ever before. You have helped me to reinvent myself as a teacher. It is an absolutely amazing approach to teaching French. Thank you so much!"
"I am very much looking forward to integrating the gesture approach in September. For many years now, I have incorporated your plays, which have been "un grand succ's."
"I am more than pleased and most surprised at the success and rapid learning that this program has provided to Robert's grasp of French."
"I can't thank you enough for this wonderful new approach to French instruction. I honestly can't believe the improvement in my class in such a short time. I've been using les questions totales, but the kids told me that they are too easy. I am now asking much more advanced questions like qui, o', qu'est-ce que, etc. They amaze me with their understanding and with their ability to formulate answers. This is not the same class that I had before."
"Thank you for a very informative day!! The AIM approach seems fun and effective. Wendy demonstrated a strong understanding of "Why" her students have adapted well from her program. She has done a lot of research which makes her approach credible. It's motivating to see how teachers long in the profession still have a desire and motivation to help kids learn. Well done. Congratulations!!'
"J’ai un grand enthousiasme pour ce projet, cette ann'e. 'a me semble d’'tre un programme effectif et j’ai h'te de voir les r'sultants. Merci beaucoup!"
"Wendy, this is a really wonderful program! I have a feeling that really big things could be happening as appears to be the case in Alberta - this is a truly helpful program."
"I am looking forward to implementing the Gesture Approach in my classes! I think it will lead to more enthusiasm for the children in learning French! I am sure that the parents will be very impressed with the progress their children will show in their first year of French! This was an incredible workshop! Thank you so much!"
"I learned so much today. I think this approach is very practical and completely flexible to be used in conjunction with other programs for older grades. The results that I'm seeing at school where this program is being fully incorporated are INCREDIBLE! Thank you for all of your efforts."
"I am very impressed by Wendy Maxwell and her AIM method as well as with Sylvia Duckworth and her students. This is probably the best program I have ever known to create fluent speakers of French, which has been the goal ever since FSL was introduced in schools. I am extremely excited about continuing the program, having piloted it last year. Thank you for a wonderful and very useful workshop. It can actually be enjoyable
Thank you so much "
"Within two short years, my son can speak, write and understand French. He has even composed short plays in French! In fact, he had recently visited Montreal for a school hockey tournament and billeted for three days with a family there. He was able to speak to the family and others in French. This program is truly incredible. Looking back at my experience in French, I can say that it took me much longer to get to where he is now. I see now that learning French does not have to be such a struggle."
"I was almost moved to tears (of joy!) when I watched the demonstration class! The students were focused, interested and were participating actively in the lesson - I heard no English! It was encouraging and energizing to see this in core French. The workshop was a thoroughly positive experience."
"I am so excited about AIM. I know that I enjoy teaching more now than ever before. You have helped me to reinvent myself as a teacher. It is an absolutely amazing approach to teaching French. Thank you so much!""
"My daughter is in grade 3. Her French teacher is Madame Jill White. This year, Mme. White introduced the AIM program to the grade 3 and grade 6 classes. I had the privilege of volunteering in this class last week. I was amazed how the Victoria's class was able to sign and say so many words and phrases! She has been practising them at home but when you have 24 students all signing and saying the words together, it was amazing."
"They are now practising "Les Trois Petits Cochons" and we bought the DVD. Victoria practises it two or three times a night. She does the play and the song. What is really amazing is that her six year old brother (who's in grade one at the same school but his teacher does not teach this program!), has been doing the play and the dancing and singing along with her! He even sings the song in the car and does all the gestures!"
"You have created such a magnificent program, Ms. Maxwell. I can't thank you enough for giving my daughter back the joy to learn French. I am fluently bilingual and was part of the "New Immersion" program that was offered in the early 70's in Ontario. I wish that we had had a program like the one you developed! Victoria is so excited about French now and doesn't want to miss a class! Her enthusiasm is wonderful."
"Inégalé jusqu'alors avec une autre méthode, à ma connaissance !"
"This is absolutely the most miraculous and breathtaking pedagogical method I have ever seen. What genius and organization and motivation to make this program. Thanks!"
"I have taught languages for years but no method I have ever used can compare with the AIM! The ingenious use of hand gestures for every word and the careful choice of high-frequency words embedded in the context of stories transfers spontaneously into everyday use. The language becomes part of the children. They are speaking with proper syntax and grammar without any effort."