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English Access Microscholarship Program (Access)
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Country: Russia
Dates: 19.05.2006 - 28.01.2015
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/AccessRU/
The purpose of the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access program) is to make the study of English language more accessible to adolescents from an economically disadvantaged background. In addition, while working on their language skills, the participants will become familiar with aspects of US culture and thus develop a deeper understanding of current issues in North American society. A greater sensitivity to cultural differences, coupled with the acquired language skills, will enable the participants to take advantage of opportunities that had previously been unavailable to them.

15-16 year old non-elite students study English for a period of two years: each student receives 128 hours of instructions per year, consisting of 4 hours per week for a total of 32 weeks, plus 72 hours of intensive two-week summer program each year.

ACCESS program sites are located in 21 cities all over Russia.



The curriculum includes the following modules: Communicative English, American Culture, English through Computers, English through Video and Movies, Communicative Grammar, English through Songs and Games, American History through Visual Arts, English through Sports, English through Arts and Crafts, Leadership training and community service projects. Access curriculum also included topics of interest related to the subjects taught at school, such as Geography, History, Biology, Art, etc.

Topics varied from site to site, some of them are:

English language and American Culture
- Education in the USA
- Geography of the USA
- U.S. constitution, elections in the USA
- Holidays in the USA
- Multicultural America
- American history through visual arts
- American literature
- American music
- American theater

News
02.10.2014 | Excellence through Collaboration: English Language Teachers’ Associations start a new academic year!
On September 25-27, 2014 a nice city of Kolomna in Moscow region hosted the international conference “Excellence through Collaboration”. Representatives of English Language Teachers’ Associations from all over Russia try to meet twice a year. One meeting is known as the “Umbrella Gathering”. The Umbrella Gathering is a meeting of association leaders who come together for a two-day program of brain storming sessions to define the most important issues, projects, trends in ELT for the coming year.
21.10.2013 | ACCESS Alumni Association created in sessions at Orlyonok children’s center.
From October 16 – 22, 2013 the Russian Children’s Center “Orlyonok” hosted a workshop for ACCESS Alumni. Seventeen alumni representing 13 cities of Russia as well as ACCESS teachers and trainers gathered on the Black Sea shore to discuss the possible development of the Russian ACCESS Alumni Association.
20.10.2013 | All-Russia Children’s Center “Orlyonok” Hosts Special ACCESS Camp
The Solnechniy camp of the All-Russia Children’s Center “Orlyonok”, talking place from October 10-30, is bringing together participants of the ACCESS program from across Russia. ACCESS is administered by PH International and funded by the English language office of the US Embassy in Moscow. ACCESS sites are located in 22 cities of Russia.
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Success Stories
30.01.2012 | Access Students in Birobidzhan Win City English Contest
Eight out of nine possible nominations within the framework of the city Championship in English were given to Access students. It is a big achievement for a small (only 20 students) and relatively new program (started in 2010). To add to this success, two students made it to the third round of FLEX competition. Last year one student from Birobidzhan Access participated in FLEX program in the U.S. and his experience inspired his peers to apply to this program.
27.01.2012 | Access Students Get Ready for a Volunteer Work at Sochi Olympics
In January 2012, Anya Botogova and Oleg Zheurov, Access students from Staropol, went to “Orlyonok” Children’s Center for a two-week training to become volunteers for Sochi-2014 Olympics.
30.09.2011 | Minister of Education of Russia Was Amazed by Students’ Skills
Andrey Fursenko, Minister of Education of the Russian Federation and the President of the Republic of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov, participated in the republican teachers’ conference in Makhachkala on August 25th, on the eve of a new academic year. At the request of the conference organizers, Mikhail Nokhov, ACCESS program coordinator from Khasavyurt, and his students presented to important guests on how they use new technologies in the classroom.
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