The program uses gestures to help students remember and access words, phrases and structures. For example, while the students say, ‘regarder’ (to look), they hold their hands in front of their eyes in the shape of binoculars. This approach includes defined gestures for 700 essential French words, also known as Pared Down Language. The four skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking are developed as the students move through the program.
Term 1 focuses on the students becoming familiar with the AIM method and developing their oral and aural language skills. In Term 2, the children are introduced to a French play. The skills of reading and writing in French are developed alongside spoken and listening skills.
Reading ‑ Comprehension
Students associate meaning with the written form of words pertaining to greetings and introductions, classroom commands, numbers, colours and shapes. They are able to read and identify words or phrases in French, related to these topics.
Speaking ‑ Pronunciation
Students respond to greetings and answer questions to identify themselves, including inquiries related to well‑being, age and address. They produce a dialogue with a partner that incorporates greetings and farewells, as well as questions and answers pertaining to self. Students discuss colour, shape and count to twenty.
Listening ‑ Comprehension
Students respond appropriately to questions about self and classroom instructions. They listen to short stories and songs related to the topics studied.
Writing ‑ Responding
Students complete activities with information about themselves. They use models to compose sentences about colours, numbers, clothes and other topics covered. They work in their AIM booklets to complete various written activities including choosing appropriate words, answering questions, and writing their own sentences.