Beginning on the 14th of November 2011, the ACCESS students of ELS JB attended the intensive component of the program. The intensive program lasted for two weeks and was held on Mondays to Fridays starting at 10:50a.m and finishing at 5:30p.m.
The intensive program was different from the normal ACCESS classes in that there were no formal reading, writing, grammar and speaking classes. Instead, the students improved their English through workshops such as a communicative English class, a drama workshop and a project and presentation workshop. The aim was to allow the students to build confidence using English while having fun and learning about American culture.
The two elementary classes presented their projects one day before graduation. Each group had chosen a topic related to America or American culture and they presented their report to their friends. Each group came up with a creative way to present their topics and was able to speak confidently in front of their friends and teachers.
On the final day, the two elementary classes and the starter class each presented a drama they had prepared. The elementary classes performed dramas on the history of Thanksgiving and also the story of Columbus’s discovery of America. The starter class performed a jazz chant of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. Each group had worked very hard for the two weeks before and their efforts were evident in the props they created, the songs they sang and their very entertaining performances.
After the performances, awards were given for the best project presentation for the elementary classes, the best overall attendance, and for the overall best student from each class. The graduation day concluded with the students returning to their respective classrooms for a small class party.
The ACCESS intensive program was fun filled as well as educational. Students were able to learn many different skills that will hopefully help them in their future.