“What has amazed everyone is the easy at which the students are communicating, the enthusiasm they demonstrate and how incredible fast they make the leap into written work! You have made and incredible product…how could anyone go back to the “old ways”.
Have a great day…you continue to be making mine!”Tim Dittrick – Linden Christian School
“Totally innovative method that works! So impressed with students spoken French and interpretive skills.”Sara Woodward-Jones, New York
“Because of Wendy, many teachers in BC have been able to teach French successfully in schools, even without having our own proficiency at first. The AIM program gave me the knowledge, confidence, and tools to teach hundreds of students in Grades K-7 in a French-Only instructional environment. These students developed a passion for the French language through stories, drama, games, writing and most of all SPEAKING.”Rica Durnin, Vancouver B.C.
“I absolutely LOVE teaching with AIM. This is the only methodology I know of that gives students a real voice in a new language right from day one. As a teacher, I am constantly inspired by my students’ capacity to express themselves naturally and with enthusiasm, and they in turn tell me how much fun they have in their lessons. I am enjoying being one of the pioneers of AIM in the UK and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience of this game-changing approach to language learning.”Lynn Cook French AIM Teacher, UK
“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, Ottawa
“If I had to choose one thing that distinguishes AIM from the more typical [second language] classrooms it’s the level of emotional investment that kids have in the process and the fun that they are having. AIM …gets kids involved, they are reading stories… acting out stories, they are becoming involved. They see themselves in the stories. They are having fun with the stories and they are also able to be creative with the language at a much earlier stage.”Jim Cummins Professor Emeritus, OISE, University of Toronto
“A Second language program that’s based on all this research, on all this understanding of how children learn has to work and what I am excited about with this program is that it does work!”David Booth Professor Emeritus, OISE, University of Toronto
After having compared large groups of junior high school students in the Netherlands receiving either a traditional approach (in which the target language is not spoken much) or AIM in their French lessons, there is no doubt that AIM is more effective. The AIM learners are more proficient in both spoken and written French. Moreover, they like their lessons better!Prof. Dr. Marjolijn H. Verspoor Chair English Language and Culture Department University of Groningen Netherlands
“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.”David Booth, Professor, OISE, University of Toronto
“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.
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