AIM Language Learning Australia & New Zealand

The AIM methodology - down under!

Gestural language acquisition - down under!

News & Testimonials

Teacher testimonials

“What was my teaching life like pre-AIM? I cringe when I now look back and realise how little productive language my students had. Now my students love French and the parents too. I could never return to the old method of teaching!”
– Debbie Summers, Teacher – Sydney, Australia

“I am so excited about AIM. I know that I enjoy teaching more now than ever before. You have helped me to reinvent myself as a teacher. It is an absolutely amazing approach to teaching French. Thank you so much!”
– Darlene Bond, Core French Teacher, Gosford Park P.S., Toronto, ON

“I have been most excited by the way in which they write the creative stories after working on a play. The quality is very high. The students’ knowledge, comfort and comprehension with the language they are using surpassed all my expectations. They are proud of themselves too! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
– Jennifer de Boer, Core French teacher, Saanichton, BC

“I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful new approach to French instruction. I honestly can’t believe the improvement in my class in such a short time. I’ve been using les questions totales, but the kids told me that they are too easy. I am now asking much more advanced questions like qui, o’, qu’est-ce que, etc. They amaze me with their understanding and with their ability to formulate answers. This is not the same class that I had before.”
– Dianne Dachyshyn, Core French teacher, Grades 8/9, Edmonton, AB

“Parents were telling me that their children are practising the gestures at the dinner table, in the bathtub, in the car on the way home!!!! The parents are amazed at how “into it” the kids are. I’m especially pleased with my Special Ed classes. They’re working at the same level as all the others!!! I’m a happy, happy teacher!”
– Emma Tilbury, Teacher, Crestwood School, Toronto, ON

“From an administrator’s standpoint, I embrace the AIM program. Research tells us that students need to be actively involved in engaging material in order to make sense of and retain new material and AIM does just that!”
– Linden Gray, Principal

I have taught languages for years but no method I have ever used can compare with the AIM! The ingenious use of hand gestures for every word and the careful choice of high-frequency words embedded in the context of stories transfers spontaneously into everyday use. The language becomes part of the children. They are speaking with proper syntax and grammar without any effort.”
– Maryse West, Teacher

“I attended your workshop in Victoria in August. I purchased Histoires en Action 1 and in September I began using it with students from grades 1 to 6. The results have been amazing. We have been doing AIM for just three months now and I have heard so much wonderful feedback from the parents! Siblings in different grades are speaking French to each other at the dinner table. Children spontaneously greet me on the playground in French. Two of my grade three students got together for a play date the other day. Their moms tell me that they played Barbies, and for the whole time, their Barbies spoke French. Bravo Wendy for your fabulous program!”
  – Roberta MacDonald, Teacher

“The gesture method is so effective, it’s almost unbelievable. I used to stagger in with a big bin of props after hours of prep, and stand on my head trying to keep the kids focused. This is quick and easy, and I’m very happy with the results thus far.”
– Debbie Soroczan, , Teacher, Ottawa

“I was almost moved to tears (of joy!) when I watched the demonstration class! The students were focused, interested and were participating actively in the lesson – I heard no English! It was encouraging and energizing to see this in core French. The workshop was a thoroughly positive experience.”
– Laura Little, Teacher, The Country Day School

“J’ai un grand enthousiasme pour ce projet, cette ann’e. ‘a me semble d’’tre un programme effectif et j’ai h’te de voir les r’sultants. Merci beaucoup!”
– Louise Cholette-Rees, Teacher, Havergal College

“The workshop was good in helping me figure out how to improve now that I’ve done AIM for one year. This programme is absolutely revolutionary (you made me a “born again” French teacher, Wendy!) Thank you for another inspirational workshop!”
– Shelley Zorzit, Teacher, Claude Watson School for the Arts

Forthcoming training dates:

Our 15th Melbourne AIM Annual Conference will look a little different this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions:
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September French PD sessions
Ivanhoe, Melbourne.
September 2/3/4 2020
Beginner, Intermediate & Experienced AIM teachers
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September Chinese PD session
Ivanhoe, Melbourne.
September 8th 2020
Beginning AIM teachers
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September Japanese PD session
Ivanhoe, Melbourne.
September 9th 2020
Beginning AIM teachers
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* POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE*
9th Auckland AIM Conference
5th Asian AIM Conference
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Our general PD/teacher training page is here: Click here for details!

Our details

AIM Language Learning Australia and New Zealand
P.O. Box 1092, Ivanhoe, Victoria, 3079
ACN: 161334443
ABN: 24635477225
Phone: +61 (0)415 415 769
Email: jen@aimanz.com
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Bank details:
Bank of Melbourne
BSB: 193-879
Account: AIM Language Learning
Account #: 450 033 061