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    “Your inspiration and determination is bringing a community of languages to millions of children, Wendy. 

    This is my first encounter with autism in my classroom. Recently, a presenter on  autism shared her views with me on Liam’s FSL experience. She didn’t have a lot to say. AIM isn’t built on “if, then” consequences to gain compliance, it just removes the kinks in the hose of engagement. Although Liam is amazingly sweet as autistic kids go, he is still assumed to be living an internalized experience. Therefore, I was surprised that he could be brought to pure joy through choral speech and the throb of humanity (I wish you could see his face from my vantage point as the kids squeeze together on the carpet). Rae Hankens, Edmonton Public School Board

    ” I am a TPS user in my classroom and have been for several years. … when I first looked into AIM I realized there were some similarities between TPRS and the AIM. There’s the comprehensible input component and scaffolding involved, but one of the things I most liked about the AIM was that it was like TPRS, but like TPRS on steroids. Whereas TRPS uses gesturing and actions and for some of the nouns and verbs, AIM has an action for every word you are using, and it’s almost like learning a foreign language sign language that you are using with your students … and I think that the kinesthetic part of that for my students is what is really going to get them involved and excited about this method … I teach middle school students and they are going to be really excited about the music and the dramatic component … any time you give my kids a get a chance to get on stage and make fools of themselves, well they are just going to eat that up. ” Kristopher Moorehead– Pipkin Middle School, Springfield, Missouri

    Sylvia Duckworth ” My Core French classroom is now a unilingual (French only) environment. Pas d’anglais is a rule that is never broken by my students or me. Their enjoyment of French has skyrocketed and after 20 years of teaching, I feel rejuvenated! Teachers, consultants and administrators from across the province come to my classroom to watch the method in action. A visiting teacher recently told me that my Grade 4 Core French students (in the 2nd year of AIM) speak French better than her Grade 4 French Immersion students (1st year French immersion). ” Sylvia Duckworth – Crescent School, Toronto, Ontario


    ” Words simply cannot describe just how much I adore teaching French this year…I have so much fun with my students…more and more every day! Today was especially fun & funny and it’s all happening almost entirely en français, thanks to AIM Language Learning ! Singing, dancing, joking, acting, writing, reading, drawing oh and constant speaking, too…the fun and laughs never stop! Wish I could bottle up that amazing feeling I get every day when something funny happens and we all laugh and talk about it en français! Thank you, AIM and Wendy Maxwell —She is my hero! ” Audrey Misiano Marcellus High School, New York


    ” I LOVE TEACHING WITH AIM! Although I started teaching with AIM five years ago, I still find it amazing to see how much student can grow in their language capabilities even after period of only one school year! ” Jennifer Bates


    ” Thanks for your support in getting AIM introduced at Montessori Hamstead in Montgomery, Alabama. Though it was a little daunting given the limited gestures I have learned so far, I jumped in “a pieds joints” and could tell that students were more engaged and conversed far more than any teaching I have done in the past. I am very excited at the thought of seeing students converse more readily and am grateful for the terrific program you have put together. ” Michael Etienne – Montessori School at Hampstead, Montgomery, Alab


    ” My students are walking around speaking French in their other classes – I’ve had about 5 teachers tell me this. The history teacher came into my class and said I can’t understand what the students are saying in History class because they keep speaking in French! This is after one teaching unit. ” Kristi Griffith – Alexander Dawson School, Nevada


    ” I started using the AIM program with my elementary students last year and LOVE IT!!! At the time, I did not use it with my grade 8s and 9s because I thought they were “too old” for Trois petits cochons. Now those students are in grade 9 and 10 and I just started the program with them this week!!! Haha! They begged me to because they noticed that the elementary students were speaking much more French than they were!! They love it and are having so much fun! Now they are surprised and disappointed when class is over! I LOVE AIM!!! ” Erin Hessler Campbell River Christian School, Cambell River, BC


    ” My students are so impressed by themselves, they are very proud of how well they can speak in such a short time. My students in my upper level classes are saying “why didn’t you do this with us and I say because I just found it. I wish I had found it years ago.” I appreciate what you are doing – it is revolutionary. I was always concerned that my students couldn’t speak – they could read and write, do multiple choice tests – but if they are going to take anything away from a language class it is the ability to speak, to travel. ” Dr. Robert Engle – Santa Ana Unified School District


    ” It’s this program that has given me the tools to be the teacher I want to be. ” Mary Kay Beck – Southfield School, Shreveport, Louisiana


    ” You must hear this all the time, but I can’t believe how much French the kids learn since I started teaching with AIM. It is just phenomenal. ” Christine Sanders – Lockside Elementary, Victoria, BC


    ” The gesture method is so effective, it’s almost unbelievable. I used to stagger in with a big bin of props after hours of prep, and stand on my head trying to keep the kids focused. This is quick and easy, and I’m very happy with the results thus far. ” Debbie Soroczan – St. Laurent Academy, Ottawa


    ” I surveyed my grade seven class about our year together in French. The results were extremely positive with most students saying they really appreciated the gestures and that they can speak and understand more French than ever before. It was really gratifying to read all their positive comments! ” Mary Adams – James Strath PS, Peterborough, Ontario


    ” I taught using AIM during one of my practicums in a JK-8 core french classroom and absolutely fell in love with the program. Being a non-native speaker, I find using this program helps me out just as much as it helps the students. 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, où, 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! ” Dianne Dachyshyn – Edmonton, AB


    ” 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! ” Emma Tilbury – Crestwood School, Toronto, ON


    ” In my ten years of teaching core French, this resource has provided my students with the greatest tool in accelerating their fluency in French. It is an authentic, communicative approach, where the learning of a second language is student-centered. I have found that my students who are IEPs and struggle with learning a second language have succeeded greatly in the program. It is important to begin at the primary level, JK/SK. This is where they will obtain acquisition of language fluency learning. ” Tracy Pike – Notre Dame Catholic School, Owen Sound, Ontario


    ” The AIM programme is the most comprehensive method of teaching French I have come across so far. I teach it in two separate schools in Dublin, Ireland. The principal in one school says it’s the way forward for French in the school and has expanded the programme to other classes. The big thing is that the kids are actually able to SPEAK the language!!!! It’s a huge breakthrough. Everything else comes after. Even after a couple of classes the kids are able to piece together “can I go to the bathroom?” in French. So much more to say but there’s so much potential here. Thanks Wendy! ” Timothy Telford – John Scottus Primary School, Dublin, Ireland


    ” For me as a language teacher it is very gratifying to see my students gain functionality so quickly, and refine it so thoroughly over the years. For my students, the ability to function only in French in the classroom is the ultimate motivator, allowing them to fully enjoy the various learning activities. ” Erika Friesen – Havergal College, Toronto, Ontario


    ” C’est ma deuxième année d’enseignement avec AIM et j’ADORE cette méthode ! Les élèves ont tellement de succès avec ce programme. Ça me fait plaisir d’entendre les élèves communiquer exclusivement en français avec moi et leurs amis en classe. ” Elvera Reimer – Brampton Christian School, Ontario


    ” I’ve been teaching with AIM for the past SIX years and absolutely love it! The results are incredible and it makes my job rewarding and so fun! There is no way I’ll ever go back to the old school approach! Great job, Wendy! ” Stephen Lai Richmond Christian Elementary, BC


    ” The AIM is the teaching programme we all wish we had thought of! It makes so much sense and is satisfying for both those who deliver it and the learners who embrace it with such enthusiasm. Thank you for creating a way of learning that is so successful. ” Joy Phillips – Frinton Primary School, Essex, England


    ” The AIM approach to teaching French is one that helps all children become successful at learning a second language. I have watched our grade one students using the language after just ninety hours of instruction. And… most exciting, is that they absolutely love French class. ” Gail Ruddy, Head – York House School, Vancouver, BC


    ” Coming from a background of 20 years in French Immersion schools in Montreal, I’ve never seen a core French program that produces fluency the way the AIM program does. All our students are thoroughly enjoying the AIM experience. ” Kathy Kealey, Assistant Head – York House School, Vancouver, BC


    ” I would not teach French if I could not use the AIM. ” Curtis Krammer St. Augustine FIne Arts School, Calgary, Alberta


    ” 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. …I am so thankful to have found such an effective method, and would never teach any other way! ” Maryse West – Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgeville, Ohio


    ” During parent teacher interviews last night, EVERY parent said that their children were using French at home, some were teaching it to younger and older siblings and EVERYONE said their child was loving French this year. I’ve never gotten this before and this is my 5th year teaching French. This is great stuff. Happy teaching! ” Tracy Power – Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre, Nova Scoti


    ” This is my first year using AIM and I love it…and more importantly, my students love it! Everyday I get bombarded by my students who rush up to me asking all kinds of questions in French because they are so excited to be able to speak French. My colleagues frequently tell me how they enjoy hearing our French classes ringing down the hallways. AIM has truly changed they way I teach! ” Brighdin Murray – Northbrae PS, London, Ontario


    ” I am thrilled with the success of this approach! I am using and will continue to use this approach and am grateful that someone like Wendy Maxwell has come along to change the future of French as a Second Language. ” Ruta Nausedas – Havergal College, Toronto, Ontario


    ” I am so excited about the 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! ” Darlene Bond – Gosford park PS, Toronto, Ontario


    ” 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! ” Jennifer de Boer Keating Elementary School, Saanichton, BC


    ” I love the way I teach grammar now…not just teaching it in English in a boring way..but all in French. I love the sign for infinitif as well as the sign for feminin and masculin. The way the verbs are taught makes so much sense now both to me and the students. I use to teach in a vertical way – je, tu, il, elle, nous, vous, ils, elles, but not anymore. It is so much easier to understand the way Wendy does it. I use the high frequency verbs all the time… je veux, je dois etc…. the class is done simply now and the flow is amazing. ” Stephanie Deroy – Ecole St Paul, Fort McMurray, Alberta


    ” As an AIM French Immersion teacher, my experience of the AIM program in the immersion environment has been nothing but positive. We are currently finishing our second play Comment y aller? and the students are still very much motivated to learn French. ” Stephanie Deroy – Ecole St Paul, Fort McMurray, Alberta


    ” I have been astounded by the rapid success of my students. Imagine a French second language program that works so well that relatively new language learners can express themselves in full sentences and understand and answer questions with complete thoughts! This program is the answer to every French teacher’s dream. ” Barbara Ann Sargunaraj – E.G. Wahlstrom School, Slave Lake, Alberta


    ” I couldn’t be more amazed and thrilled with my students’ success. Every day I go into work, I feel like I am making a difference. I feel so successful because finally my students feel successful. This is the best thing that has happened to me in my many years of teaching. ” Kerry Hooton – Montcrest School, Toronto, Ontario


    ” If students could experience this type of learning success in every subject, we would bring education to an entirely different level for our kids! This is truly an incredible approach. ” Angelle Rickard Holy Saviour School, Marathon, Ontario


    ” My students just performed their teatro cafe this afternoon and it was just great. They danced, performed and did a rendition of what our class does, using TLSE (Teacher Led Self Expression). They had so much fun and it was such a great way to bond. Thank you so much for creating this program, it’s truly the best!! ” Alexandra Simsilevich Turner Fenton Secondary, Brampton, Ontario


    ” The first kit has really made a difference in my classroom and their confidence in Spanish is so great to see. I hear from parents all the time that they are even using it at home, which for middle level students in big to let their parents in on it! ” Sarah Sedlock – Humboldt School, Portland, Oregon


    ” I had a student last week that told me that I was an AMAZING teacher! She told me that she has been trying to learn Spanish since high school with no luck or enjoyment and that finally she is learning Spanish (and having fun)…even thinking in Spanish. And she thanked me!! I almost cried! And this is happening so far with only 20 hours of instruction….Yesterday I gave them a test on conjugating -AR verbs, and 88% of the class got a 100%, 6% got 90% and 6% got 80%. This has never happened to me before…JUST AMESOME!! ” Yohanna Jiménez, Adjunct Professor Willima Carey University, Mississippi


    ” Using the AIM Spanish program has transformed my students into competent Spanish communicators at all levels in less than four months and has made my classroom into an exciting, motivating and fun environment. My relationship with my students has also undergone a positive transformation: since using the AIM program, we have developed a greater closeness and mutual positive regard. This program delivers, period. I would strongly recommend it to any teacher! ” Alexandra Simsilevich Turner Fenton Secondary, Brampton, Ontario


    ” What amazes me is that we have all these universities and classroom teachers doing research all the time in the area of language acquisition. The research results are published in learned journals and teachers and materials developers read the results of the research. But then, it’s business as usual: same old, same old. Nobody picks up the research and applies it. Wendy Maxwell’s Accelerative Integrated Method is the only language learning methodology that I know of that takes 21st century linguistic and brain-based research and applies it in a 21st century approach. It’s the only method that can truly be called ‘up to date’. It will continue to be the methodology for the 21st Century ” Gary Carkin, Ph.D. – Southern New Hampshire University


    ” AIM is, by far, the most comprehensive and effective approach to language teaching and learning being utilized in the world today. The results speak for themselves. ” Gary Carkin, Ph.D. – Southern New Hampshire University


    ” The distance between the Accelerative Integrated Method and other methods of second language acquisition can be measured in light years. AIM is a rocket fueled by the linguistic and brain based research of the past twenty years. While other methodologies remain earth bound in the weight of tradition, the AIM’s students are soaring into space ” Gary Carkin, Ph.D. – Southern New Hampshire University


    ” The AIM is effective because it uses all human channels available to learn language: kinesthetic, oral, aural, visual, emotional. The result is holistic learning at its finest and the students feel the difference. They cry to start and cry when it’s over ” Gary Carkin, Ph.D. – Southern New Hampshire University


    ” When I happened across Wendy Maxwell’s paper summarizing her Master’s thesis at a conference several year’s ago, I said to myself, “If this woman can actually implement this, it’s going to be dynamite, because she has managed to integrate all the linguistic and brain-based research of the last twenty years and place it in one organic package.” A few years later, I looked again. I found that she had, and it is ” Gary Carkin, Ph.D. – Southern New Hampshire University


    ” 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 resppond 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. ” David Booth, Professor – OISE, University of Toronto


    ” Up until now, there has always been a distinction between “school French” and real French. School French is almost always stilted, incomplete and definitely not genuinely communicative. The truth is that, given the way it is taught, it doesn’t even qualify as a second language in most students’ lives. But now, along comes Wendy Maxwell and the AIM method of instruction and that all changes. Our non-immersion grade 6 and 7 students have achieved genuine functional fluency in the space of two years. What’s more, they spontaneously speak French outside the school! It has delivered on the dream of any second language teacher: to give students a new lens to see the world. ” Ted Spear, Ph.D. – Head of School, Island Pacific School, BC


    ” I have French immersion teachers in my board who say that they don’t know how they could have taught before they learned the AIM – they don’t know how they functioned without it! It is such and effective tool for engaging students in the language ” Ann Marie Santoro Huron-Superior CDSB, Ontario


    ” I have to say that I’ve never been as inspired in my life as I was after attending AIM conference. It has turned my teaching 180 degrees. It is exactly like the lifestyle diet that you use after achieving a certain weight loss. Thanks again to you and all the presenters. ” Marie-Therese Yousef – Melbourne


    ” I just attended the 10th Annual AIM Summer Institute. It was incredible! This was the 4th time I have been to the Institute! The reason I return to the Institute and encourage others to go is because it is such a comprehensive, in-depth professional learning experience. Each time I attend, I am provided with the most up-to-date information about AIM methodology and resources, which I then take back and share with my consultant and colleagues. The Institute provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to create professional networks and support systems with teachers from around the corner and from around the world! After the Institute, I come out feeling renewed, invigorated, enthusiastic and optimistic about being a French teacher! ” Pauline Galea – St. Leo Catholic School, Brooklin, Ontario


    ” 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. ” Nathalie Therrien – The Sterling House School, Toronto, Ontairo


    ” I was skeptical at taking the on-line AIM teacher training as I have been using the program for 8 years and felt that I had a firm grasp on the philosophy. Was I ever wrong! After each module, and especially during the background section, I had aha moments that helped to deepen my understanding of ‘why’ the AIM philosophy works due to the scientific and research base. I am re-energized and feel an even stronger connection to the program. ” Jennifer Jinks – Lakeland Ridge School, Sherwood Park, Alberta


    ” I loved the Online Teacher Training. It was excellent. I loved it. I was a classroom teacher and found the AIM and took the OTT and became a French teacher. I wouldn’t teach French any other way. I loved the modules. They allowed me to prepare on my own, try things out in the classroom, find out what was working and what was not working and then take my questions to the Summer Institute. I honestly can’t tell you enough how much of a benefit [the AIM Certification] program is for me. Not only because of the content, but because I know that you will be reviewing my work, and I want you to be confident in me too. Please let the AIM crew know that the online teacher training is working well for me! ” Lori Carson-Loveless Moncton Christian Academy, New Brunswick


    ” I spent some time last night looking at the first module (Pared down language) and watched the video with Wendy. It was so informative and I was very impressed with the thoroughness of the information provided. I want to go back and take some notes, so I’ll be doing that before I move on. She provided a lot of information that I found very interesting and that was not fully detailed in the teacher’s manuals, so it was very useful. I am glad that I signed up for the ALP and I will certainly pass on information about its usefulness to my colleagues, language consultant and French resource teacher as time goes by ” Pauline Galea – St. Leo Catholic School, Brooklin, Ontario


    ” I have fallen in LOVE with AIM! I absolutely love the method and the results were baffling to me! Along the way I had lost all my passion for teaching. It was a hard struggle to coop and I was just on the verge to quit! Then AIM came into my life and by doing the research it was as if I came back to life. I am quite an animated person and I saw that the more energy I put into AIM the more energy I got from my students! And the better the results! Students loved it! They gobbled it into their brains! Students that hated English class turned around and loved English class now! They ALL begged me to stay their teacher! How heart warming that was! I suddenly got my passion back. ” Jannica Visser NHL-Hogeschool, Netherlands


    ” The enthusiasm of the students (5th graders) in learning Spanish with the AIM was very high. They looked forward to each session and were active participants due to the kinesthetic approach to acquire the vocabulary. In fact, they were able to speak in complete sentences from the start, versus learning a list of words in a thematic approach ” Maryse West – Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgeville, Ohio


    ” 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 ” Angie Ng, Parent – Toronto


    ” AIM-pupils in Holland best scoring at final exams: 6 years ago a handful of Dutch secondary schools started working with AIM. These schools would never have guessed the final exam results of their pupils were to be so high in 2013: At three totally different schools from all over the country, several classes at different levels did not only score almost 2 points above the national average, but they can also all be named ‘’best classes’’ of the Netherlands (their percentiles are 97%-100%). The same teachers in earlier years also had good results but not as good as they did with their AIM-students this year. ” Pauline Vis – Cygnus Gymnasium, Amsterdam


    ” 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.” – Darla A. Wilson, Parent, Toronto, ON ” Darla A. Wilson, Parent – Toronto, Ontario


    ” 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. ” Sharon Fielding, Parent – Toronto, Ontario

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