Students at Lymburn School begin receiving French instruction every week in the 4th grade. Our teachers use the Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM) which encompasses the use of gestures, music, dance, and theater to help students learn.
The premise of AIM is that students learn and remember better when they do something that goes along with the words they are saying. 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, known as "Pared Down Language." The gestures are then combined with theater, storytelling, dance, and music to help students remember and use the language.