Creativity in French Lands Publishing Prize

posted: Friday, April 28, 2017

The streak of success is running strongly this week, as two of our Grade 5 students were announced as the winners of the third annual AIM Publishing Contest! Congratulations to Zahid and Ian, whose French story, La vengeance du grand méchant loup, and original illustrations will be published and available this summer.

The contest was open to students across Canada who are learning using the AIM (Accelerative Integrated Methodology) French program. Our K-5 students are learning French using this methodology.

Founded by Wendy Maxwell, AIM brings true transformation to the experience of teaching and learning languages. Authentic learning is achieved through story-telling, gestures, active collaboration, and repetition, and using high-frequency vocabulary, introduced with gestures and contextualized in stories, drama, songs and dance, allows students to quickly achieve levels of oral and written proficiency rarely seen with conventional methods! By using this program, students feel comfortable expressing themselves in French, learn through visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic tools, and learn to think and write creatively while practicing oral communication.

This year’s contest invited students to submit their creative writing and artwork, with the winners receiving publication in AIM’s Readers’ Series. The stories had to include 20 illustrations, and correspond to the 20 pages of the story. Entries were judged on detail, creativity, humour, beautiful illustrations, positive message/moral, and the best combination of story and artwork.

Congratulations to Ian and Zahid!