“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.”
“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!”
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!
“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.”
“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.”