Sylvia, who works with AIM up in Canada, sent these links. The second one is really amazing because of the recall level of details of the kids – they remembered every single detail of a story!
As you know, I have started a blog following the progress of my first year AIM students. I also videotape my 2nd and 3rd year AIM students from time to time (grades 4 & 5). Here is some recent footage, if you’re curious to see the level of fluency they reach. The students are retelling the play we are currently studying in class:
password: aimlanguage (this clip is more impressive since I’m not prompting with any questions)
password: aimlanguage



2 thoughts on “AIM”

  1. Ben, interesting point about teaching to the eyes. When I’m teaching, I will stop if I notice that a student is not looking at me. This does require an inordinate amount of patience especially teaching 7-8 year old boys who really are quite distractable! The following video clip demonstrates this (and also how important it is to talk slowly, as you mentioned.) This clip was taken on Day 6 of the school year. Most of these students have never had any French before since our school starts in grade 3 and French is not mandated in our province until grade 4.
    The class is quite low-energy as they are just learning how to speak French and getting used to French class and my expectations.
    password: aimlanguage
    Contrast this to my latest blog entry where the boys have a lot more energy (Day 72)!
    password: aimlanguage

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