Are you a Gesture Guru?

Sandra Dominelli
The Who, What, Where, and Why of Using Gestures in the AIM Classroom by Cheryl Roper So, you work with your Teacher DVD at least 15 minutes every night. You’ve memorized the gestures for every word from Section A to Z for your kit. You’ve practiced gesturing whole sentences, partial question, and total questions. You…

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Another New Beginning in my Immersion Classroom

Sandra Dominelli
Ann Chiasson is a certified AIM teacher, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ann delivers AIM workshops, inspiring and supporting new and experienced teachers who wish to use AIM in their French immersion program! Another summer has gone and a new school year has begun. Once again, I am faced with a group of 20 adorable…

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AIM Summer Institute!

Sandra Dominelli
The AIM Summer Institute is ALWAYS a highlight of the year for me! It is an action-packed few days where AIM teachers from all over the world – from brand-new to those we have come to now over many years – join our wonderful team of passionate AIM facilitators. AIM is not just about good…

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AIM and Assessment

Sandra Dominelli
AIM and Assessment By Wendy Maxwell The goal of the Accelerative Integrative Methodology is: To engage students in rapid development of language proficiency, promote a love of language acquisition, leading to awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity As the school year comes to a close, many of us turn our attention to assessment! In order…

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AIM Methodology and Technology

Wendy Maxwell
  I often get the question from teachers: “How can I combine AIM methodology and technology?”   I have several answers:   1.      Singing AIM songs with Powerpoint presentations. I find that presenting the vocabulary visually is the best way to introduce a song, and to sing along with the music while manually advancing the…

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Testing Effectiveness of AIM in the Upper Classes of Dutch High School (VWO 4-6)

Wendy Maxwell
Testing Effectiveness of AIM in the Upper Classes of Dutch High School (VWO 4-6) By Wim Gombert In the past two decades, the position of the French language in Dutch secondary schools has grown weaker and weaker. Fewer students choose the language after the first three compulsory years and schools have also reduced the amount…

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Critical Thinking, Second (World) Language Learning, and AIM

Wendy Maxwell
Critical Thinking, Second (World) Language Learning, and AIM by Beth Poulin The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2.ca) defines Critical thinking as: The thinking through of a problematic situation about what to believe or how to act where the thinker makes a reasoned judgment that reflects competent use of the intellectual tools for quality thinking. As teachers…

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Inductive Teaching and Error Analysis

Wendy Maxwell
Inductive Teaching and Error Analysis AIM uses a three-step system that scaffolds and builds the understanding of grammar in a natural way – one that reflects the way that we learned our own first language and blends this with specific strategies to accelerate the learning of second language students. Once a student begins to write…

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Fun, Creativity, Cooperative Learning, Thinking Skills and Oral Proficiency Development!

Wendy Maxwell
Oral story retelling is an essential AIM activity that leads to development of creativity and proficiency. This activity: ➸ is an opportunity for students learn to put a story they know well into their own words ➸ develops the ability for circumlocution to find alternate words/ways to communicate the same idea. ➸ teaches students to realize there…

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AIM-ing Towards the CEFR and the Revised Ontario FSL Curriculum

Wendy Maxwell
by Juliet Young, Durham District School Board (Roland Michener Public School, Ajax, Ontario) When the revised FSL Curriculum was (finally!) released in Ontario in 2013, I remember pouring through it – both anxious and excited to see the extent to which it was revamped, and how these changes would affect my program as an AIM…

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