English Access Microscholarship Program

Access is a global scholarship program supported by the U.S. Department of State. The program aims to contribute to the English language competence of highly motivated students by offering them after-school classes and intensive sessions. Access seeks to equip students with firm English language skills that will prepare them for future challenges, such as further educational opportunities and better jobs. In addition to improving participants’ English, the program encourages students to develop a respect for and interest in other cultures, customs, and beliefs. Students engage in discussions, games, community service, and other activities related to U.S. culture and values. The Amal English Department has been implementing the program since its inception in Israel in 2005. Approximately 95% of the students participating in the program pass the 4- or 5-point Bagrut (matriculation) exams.

Access English Microscholarship Program 2022-2023

Access Activities during 2022

ACCESS is a two-year global program supported by the US Embassy worldwide that encourages 10th and 11th grade students to improve their English skills while learning about the United States' values, culture and way of life. In Israel, students from 6 Amal schools are currently participating in their second year of the program, while students from 8 Amal schools recently started their first ACCESS year.

Cultural Day at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art


Over 3 separate days during February and March 2022, over 150 11
th graders from 6 schools enjoyed a cultural visit to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.  This was an opportunity for them to hone their English skills as they participated in a guided tour of the unique Japanese Yayoi Kusama exhibition followed by a creative workshop – both held in English of course!!

Service Learning during March 2022

A US-prompted activity undertaken by 160 ACCESS 11th graders involved volunteering during Service Learning Day.  Each of the 6 schools chose a volunteering activity that appealed to its ACCESS students, ranging from planting flowers in community gardens to looking after abused animals in a pet shelter – including feeding and grooming them as well as cleaning out their pens!!  Students from three schools eagerly volunteered at the sanctuary on Moshav Herut and had an opportunity to practice their English speaking skills during a lively discussion on various aspects of cruelty to animals.

 

 

 

Access Summer Camp – June 2022

An English Summer Camp for ACCESS 10th graders was organized for the first two days of the summer vacation.  Some 150 students from 8 schools participated in experiential workshops on Storytelling, Debate and Photography. 

Opening Ceremony

The month of June 2022 formally heralded the start of the ACCESS program for 152 10th graders during an Opening Ceremony in the Kaufmann Auditorium in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In the presence of distinguished guests from the US Embassy, the event included the awarding of participation certificates, a musical interlude and greetings.  Students also enjoyed a specifically designed guided activity in English dedicated to American art, which gave them a chance to familiarize themselves with some of the museum’s artwork as they strolled around. 

   

Special Events 2020-2021

Special events held as part of the program in 2021

The opening event of the new cycle of the Access program took place on November 10th, 2020. The event, which was held on Zoom, was attended by 10th graders from seven selected schools.

The event was opened by Ms. Alice Murray, who serves as Regional English Language Officer at the U.S. Embassy, who said:
“One of the most important things about mastering a new language is the fact that you are going to be able to have a better understanding with other people around the world, not just Americans, folks in Asia, folks in Europe, folks in Africa.”

The event included greetings from the Director of the Amal English Department, Dr. Rachel Tal, representatives of the teachers and
the students, as well as reading of American poetry, a screening of videos prepared by the students, and an acoustic musical performance by the singer Carlie Fairburn.

Another key aspect of the Access Program is its Service Learning Project, a unique experience that gives students an opportunity to give back to their communities. Service Learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection. The participants learn and grow through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that addresses the needs of a community.

In the current school year we held two Service Learning days, one for the 12th graders and one for the 10th graders. We implemented community service learning activities that could be carried out without risking the students’ health and safety, during this challenging school year.

12th grade students – December 2020

10th grade students – June 2021

This year the Access summer camp, for the 10th graders, focused on the topic of “Women as Pioneers, Leaders, and Influencers”.
The students experienced two days of enriching learning about the history and path that powerful and inspiring women have made from the Jewish, Arab and Bedouin sectors in Israel and around the world.
Learning was accompanied by fun activities that included photography and ODT workshops. At the end of the summer camp, the students enjoyed the screening of the film Gifted as part of Cinema Day, in one of the largest movie theaters in Israel.

Click here to watch a video of exciting moments from our Access 2021 summer camp