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Access Program Organizes Summer Schools in 10 Regions of Georgia

Georgia | English Access Microscholarship Program | 12 Aug 2013














During the last week of June 2013, Access program conducted Summer schools in all 10 locations of program implementation Telavi, Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Batumi, Ozurgeti, Akhaltsikhe, Rustavi, Gori, Ambrolauri and Poti. The total of 258 Access students participated in the Summer Schools throughout the country.

Summer school program in each location was full of various learning activities, games and informative presentations. Learner centered and experiential learning approach made the sessions interactive and enjoyable for the students through teambuilding, leadership, and English speaking and comprehension activities, or development of summer school newspaper; playing sports games or singing American songs; watching American movies in the original language or interacting with the invited native speakers (PCVs, Teach and Learn with Georgia Volunteers and other). Last day of summer school in each location of program implementation was devoted to an excursion. Access students and teachers did hiking and sightseeing outside their towns. Students were excited to try their speaking skills with the tourists they met in abundance.

“Even though it has been just over three months that the students from Amrolauri got enrolled in the Access program, I can see a tremendous change in their confidence and willingness to speak in English” said Tatia Murusidze, Access Program English Teacher in Amrolauri, Racha - a highland region of western Georgia.

“Before the Summer School we had at least a handful of students, who never volunteered to express their ideas or participate in any activity, although I knew it was rather because they were shy – not because they did not want to. Summer School has put an end to shyness”, eagerly shared Nana Galdava, Access Program English Teachers in Poti, Samegrelo. “Having spent 30 hours of intensive sessions together, everybody is comfortable with making mistakes while using English. They know this is the only way learn the language”, she added.

“Access program and its Summer School exceeded my biggest expectations” admitted Nino Tabatadze, Access Program Students from Kutaisi. “I’ve learned so much since I got lucky to be part of this program! Summer School brought us closer together and helped us start to function as a team! We got to know more about American culture and traditions and what is more got rid of the complex of speaking with mistakes” she concluded.

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