Grade 5 French

At the Grade 5-6 level the French program uses the Accelerated Integrated Method (AIM) to teach the language with gestures, literature, music and dance. In Grade 5, AIM teaches students the 700 most frequently used words in the French language. Students learn how to speak and communicate first, and then they learn to read and write. This imitates the natural way language is learned. AIM helps students internalize vocabulary; they respond to French words kinesthetically, visually and orally. Structured oral responses in large group choral work develop fluency. Specifically designed stories serve as theatre pieces that become the focus for a range of integrated language activities.