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  • AIM

    AIM is a literacy-based approach to language learning, rather than a thematic approach and uses gestures, drama, music, dance and storytelling to rapidly accelerate target language acquisition.

    In an AIM classroom, students:


    • Express themselves in the target language from the first lesson, using 
      high-frequency vocabulary
    • Learn vocabulary in visual, auditory and kinesthetic ways
    • Participate in all activities exclusively in the target language, based on literature and drama
    • Learn to think and write creatively, while practicing oral communication
    • Are part of a “learning community” that emphasizes cooperative learning


    Every aspect of the methodology is supported by sound research in best teaching practice. The AIM teacher:

    • meets the needs of all learners and helps all students to reach their full potential through a unique multi-modal approach, supported by Garner’s Multiple Intelligences theory and recent studies in brain-based learning
    • ensures that students feel connected to the curriculum. AIM’s success at accelerating acquisition allows students to ‘own’ the language, making it part of who they are, thus becoming a tool for real communication.
    • provide a collaborative, supportive learning environment that promotes cognitive, emotional and social well-being. AIM is designed to ensure success, through scaffolding and includes techniques such as total and partial questions, pleasant repetition and emotional connection to story and gestures.


    • ensures that students express themselves and interact with confidence in the target language – supportive techniques are embedded within the methodology


    • helps students to learn to listen actively for cues to aid with comprehension. These include numerous visual aids, expressive tone of voice, gestures, dramatization, movement to music etc.


    • emphasizes the development of critical and creative thinking skills – paraphrasing/circumlocution, dramatic arts, questions that promote critical discussion, creative story writing skills, the editing and publishing process – all within the first 100 instructional hours!

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