Kosova English Teachers' Network
KETNET seeks to strengthen the abilities of Kosova’s EFL teachers by providing a network for sharing professional development information.
October 17, 2015. KETNET - Gjilan organized the graduation and awards ceremony of the Access program which more than 40 students from Gjilan and Kamenica were part of for the last two years and which more than 40 students will be participating in for the next 2 years. The ceremony was graced with the presence of many of ACCESS`s most important supporters, including His excellency Ambassador Delawie with his staff, Mr. Mark Naylor, Ms. Michelle Schohn and Ms. Remzije Potoku. From the local government, we had Deputy Mayor of Gjilan – Rexhep Kadriu, Chairperson of the Municipal Assembly – Valentina Bunjaku-Rexhepi, Principals of high school in Gjilan and Kamenica Mr. Xhelal Jetishi, Mr. Qamil Qehaja, representatives of HandiKos and parents of the students.
Access Program has proven that it is a program of unification of our common values. For 2 years, students from different cultural and religious backgrounds have learned about American coulture, democratic values, sensitivities to cultural differences, coupled with the acquired English language skills. During these 2 years, 2 classes of 20 students were the only classes in Kosovo where the Albanians, Serbians and Roma have worked together, learned about each-other`s cultures, created friendships, connections, and all of this was due to Access Program. Over the 360 hours of instruction the students received in the last two years, they learned to use English more proficiently in formal and informal settings, gained professional development skills, and engaged in community-building and service projects. Formative and summative assessment has shown that students have become better candidates for university education in the Balkans and beyond.
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KETNET and program implementers of Community Building Mitrovica (CBM) NGO within Access Program Mitrovica Region and Gjilan organized a Summer Camp in the village Brod, Dragash Kosovo for one week.
The camp is one of the activities of the two year program, financed by US Department of the State, which took place at a hotel in the beautiful Brod Valley where around 90 participants’ staff and students from both respective cities Mitrovica and Gjilan participated.
During the camp students head the opportunity to practice English language, build new friendships and also to listen lectures hosted by speakers from the United States.
Mark Naylor, the Assistant Public Affairs Officer and Remzije Potoku, Education Assistant at the US Embassy, spoke to the students about America’s interest in education and support of Kosovo’s Youth. Country Director for Peace Corps Kosovo, Steven Kurtzy, visited the camp where he joined the students for a mock airplane activity.
During the last three days of the camp the students learned new English language vocabulary, roasted marshmallows over a bonfire, braided friendship bracelets, and played games ranging from dominoes to American football. Also an official of Education USA-American Advising Centre spoke with students about education opportunities in the US. On the other hand, a group of US Marines headed a Boot Camp’’ to encourage team-building and leadership skills among the camp participants.
The students spent rest of the days playing sports and board games, writing stories in English, presenting the research they did on the history and culture of the different US states. The Access Program Joint Summer Camp concluded with a masquerade ball that took place on the final evening of the camp.
KETNET organised the first of a series of workshops for 2015 on the 28th February 2015. Focused on teaching reading strategies and reading comprehension for lower and upper high school teachers, from both public and private schools, the workshop welcomed 21 teachers from all over Kosovo MORE