French language instruction at Trinity begins in JK. The Accelerative Integrated Method (AIM) is an intensive methodology that significantly raises the expectations and performance of students in core French classrooms.
Through this approach, all target vocabulary to be learned by the student is taught kinesthetically, visually and in an auditory manner, thus responding to a variety of learning styles. Words are kinesthetically presented through gesture and contextualized through story and drama. Fluency is built by systematically scaffolding the presentation of new vocabulary, beginning with words of highest frequency and widest scope.
The JK and SK program are completely oral and focus on introducing vocabulary that will allow students to begin communicating in the French language. This set of words is taken from the AIM program. In Grades 1-3, the AIM program is more formally introduced. Students review and build upon previously learned vocabulary through the use of plays, games and songs. Repetition is key to ensuring the vocabulary becomes a part of the students’ oral language. Although still oral based, reading and writing are gradually introduced in the middle or towards the end of each grade level. The primary division provides a base of knowledge for students to build upon once they transition to the junior and intermediate levels.
For more information about the AIM program visit www.aimlanguagelearning.com.