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Access Program Students Explore American Language and Culture through “Connect with English” Series

Georgia | English Access Microscholarship Program | 25 Apr 2012

On April 25, Akhaltsikhe Access Program students started to watch the series “Connect with English” - the film that explores American Language and Culture in 48 fifteen-minute-long episodes and serves as a great resource not only for improving English, but also increases the knowledge and awareness of American culture, values, and way of life.

Based on the episodes, Access students did following activities: learned colloquial expressions used in the film, assigned sub topic and titles to different episodes, predicted how the story would develop in the following parts of the film, described the episode characters, and after each episode, did the story mapping, writing short summary paragraphs on a piece of paper and hanging them on the wall in the order the events took place. As the Access students loved the experience and requested to do the same kind of enrichments regularly, similar sessions continued through May and June until the students saw all the episodes.


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