Over the years as the program developed I fully adopted AIM myself and found my once stagnant teaching career take off. My French students who, pre-AIM, couldn't do much more than conjugate verbs and recite theme-based nouns, became fluently bilingual themselves. I couldn't be prouder as a teacher.
Last week I had another momentous event, again related to AIM. This time, it was sitting in on a session given by Mandarin teachers and program developers Jenny McKinney and Margaret Fuary at the AIM Language Learning Summer Institute West. They were launching the AIM Mandarin program which had been several years in the works in Australia. They showed us stunning videos of very young Australian students speaking Mandarin: a language that is considered one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn. We saw 5 year olds with less than 4 hours of instruction speaking Mandarin in full sentences. I was astounded and knew immediately that this was something I had to explore.
Margaret Fuary and Jenn McKinney, developers of the AIM Mandarin kit at the AIM Summer Institute West at beautiful Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island.
Frances Wen and Jacky Tse, AIM Mandarin pilot teachers at my school
I started this blog to track our progress as we work our way through the program. I will also post videos of my efforts to speak Mandarin which should be interesting since I don't speak one word of it now. Stay tuned and don't forget to leave your email address below so that you can receive regular updates!
Xià cì jiàn / À bientôt!