10/01/2013

AIM and a positive learning environment...

The foreign language teaching methodology known as Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM) uses gestures, music, dance, and theater to help students learn. 

The AIM method is continuously being developed and evaluated by its founder Wendy Maxwell as its unique method has generated positive results in classrooms across Canada and the world. 

The AIM method has relevance to students and is practical for educators and students alike to quickly become engaged and passionate about the language they are learning. 

The basic premise of AIM is that students learn through gestures. 




For example, while the students say regard (to look), they hold their hands in front of their eyes in the shape of binoculars. This "Gesture Approach" includes defined gestures for hundreds of essential French words. 

Teachers have found great success with this integrative approach to language learning; in fact, some students achieve results comparable to those in full immersion programs. 

The gestures are then combined with theater, storytelling, dance, and music to help students remember and use the language. AIM is particularly well-suited for children, but it could be adapted for older students.