English Access Micro-Scholarship Program
From 2007 to 2016, ARO successful implemented the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) in Afghanistan which is a global scholarship program supported by the U.S. Department of State that provides a foundation of English language skills to bright, economically disadvantaged students, primarily aged 13- to 20-year olds through After-School classes and Intensive Sessions. In these years, ARO has trained and graduated more than thousand students who gained advanced knowledge of English language and an appreciation for U.S. culture and democratic values throughout the Access program. The main aim of ARO via Access program is to equip selected students with strong English language skills that can lead to better jobs, educational opportunities, and gain the ability to participate in and compete for future exchanges and study in the United States.
Luckily, ARO once again has begun to run Access program since January 2019. In this access program, 50 students both male and female between 13-20 year olds are learning American English in two morning and afternoon shifts. In this Access program, ARO is teaching Our World: National Geographic series. Its content mostly discusses real-world situations having amazing photographs and video from authentic sources and inspiring stories from National Geographic Learning. In fact, the books not only provide authentic materials for language learning, but they also help students to become critical thinkers and global citizens. The series focuses on languages skills namely listening, speaking, reading and writing.
To develop a better understanding of the world and of the U.S. culture, the Our World series provides themes and exercises related to American and world culture. The main feature of this series is the use of American English to help students master the American accent.
In addition to student books, the series also provides workbooks to enable students to further practice English language skills To run the program smoothly and effectively, each Access class has a lead teacher and an assistant who together teach the class and provide supplementary materials such as debate, movies, listening, role play and other class activities to properly engage students in English language learning process.