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Access Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to the first graduating class of the English Access Microscholarship Program in Serbia!

U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, H.E. Kyle Randolph Scott congratulated 25 Access graduates during a ceremony held yesterday at the U.S. Embassy Residence in Belgrade. He presented certificates to the graduates who successfully completed the two-year Access program and congratulated them and their parents for the hard work and dedication during program.

The Access program introduced the students to diverse areas of learning English, leadership training, an introduction to American culture, and also encouraged tolerance among the diverse communities.

We are proud to have supported all these students in this initiative, and look forward to seeing and hearing about all of their successes in the future.

Access is… ‪#‎MoreThanEnglish!

The Regional Access Teachers’ Conference Successfully Closed

William Henderson, Public Affairs Counselor in the US Embassy in Belgrade, Myrtis Mixon, English language specialist and Olja Milosevic, ELTA president, closed the Regional Access Teachers’ Conference ‘Taller in Tolerance’ following three days of presentations and activities.

We want to thank the speakers, facilitators, and of course, participants for your contributions which made this Conference a success. Who could have imagined a better exchange than seeing representatives from the several countries represented here joining forces in the workshops to promote ethnic and religious tolerance, appreciate diversity and multiculturalism, and foster empathy.

Congratulations! We look forward to working with you all in the coming years.

Regional Access Teachers’ Conference Opened Today

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Gordon Duguid, and State Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nenad Borovcanin, spoke at the opening of the Regional Access Teachers’ Conference ‘Taller in Tolerance’ held today at the Moskva Hotel in Belgrade.

The three-day conference has gathered fifty Access teachers from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia to develop practical English lessons and projects that facilitate cross cultural understanding, promote ethnic and religious tolerance, appreciate diversity and multiculturalism, and foster empathy. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the U.S. Embassy Serbia and the English Language Teachers’ Association (ELTA), the Access program provides English language instruction to 13–15 year-old students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The conference organised by the Regional English Language Office (RELO), the English Language Teachers’ Association (ELTA) and the U.S. Embassy Serbia gives the opportunity to bring together teachers from across the region to work towards the one shared goal: a multi-ethnic and tolerant society.

 

English Access Microscholarship Program Award Ceremony

On October 15, cultural attaché of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Ms Erika Kuenne, delivered certificates of award to the new class of English Access Microscholarship students in Serbia. The opening ceremony was held at the Municipal Library Petar Kocic in Belgrade and attended by 25 students and their proud parents.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by U.S. Embassy Serbia and English Language Teachers’ Association – ELTA, the Access program provides two years of English language instruction to 13–15 year-old students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through after-school courses, intensive summer sessions, cultural activities and enhancement seminars, Access students acquire English language skills, improve their knowledge of the American culture, and develop greater sensitivity to cultural differences. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the student’s opportunities in the formal economy and make them more competitive for higher education awards and scholarships in the United States and in other countries.

 

 

Teaching Assistants Volunteers Needed!

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U.S. Embassy and English Language Teachers’ Association (ELTA Serbia) will provide English language instruction to 25 students, ages 13-15, from economically disadvantaged families in Belgrade and Kragujevac. The program will target students who have excelled academically and have limited opportunities to study English.

This program will give the Access volunteers the opportunity to be part of a committed and professional team. Volunteers will learn and share best practices in English teaching and grow professionally. This experience will strengthen their opportunities to participate successfully in their community’s socioeconomic development and also apply for future U.S. educational and exchange programs. In addition, the participants will become familiar with many aspects of U.S. culture and thus develop a deeper understanding of current issues in U.S. society.

Volunteers will receive a certificate (signed by American embassy and ELTA Serbia) in recognition of their service, and their name will be featured on the ELTA website along with other successful Access participants.

The English Access Microscholarship Program is currently seeking qualified Teaching Assistants Volunteers in Belgrade and Kragujevac to start classes on October 19, 2015.  Classes are Monday through Friday, 3 hours weekly for two years.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Fourth year student or recent EL graduate
  2. Completed application with a statement of purpose

SELECTION PROCESS

Volunteers will be selected through an open, merit-based competition. Top candidates will be interviewed by the Access Coordinator and the U.S. Embassy for final selection. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Complete Application Includes:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (It must be written in English) with a recent photo
  2. One page essay discussing how you would teach English to students from an economically disadvantaged and non-elite background

 

Please send your application to elta.access@gmail.com (Belgrade) or elta.accesskg@gmail.com (Kragujevac) no later than September 27, 2015.