I teach elementary school French (pre-kindergarten through third grade). I have been reading about the Canadian, gesture-based AIM method and am attracted by its emphasis on introducing verbs to young children and reinforcing their use through sign language. From the excerpts I have seen, this method seems to allow the students to take more initiative in speaking than they acquire through traditional thematic or literature- based approaches. Is there anyone reading this who has used the AIM method successfully? I see that AIM offers summer training workshops in Ontario. Has anyone attended one of these?