Teaching Tolerance Through English

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Teaching Tolerance Through English (TTTE) program aims to develop mutual understanding, critical thinking, students’ language skills, convey balanced and accurate information about the U.S. and awaken respect towards different cultures through teaching English in an American style classroom. Target audiences are two groups of 10 high school students ages 15-18 attending schools with different curricula. During the 2017/2018 program year, American Councils office in Sarajevo is implementing the program in the Stolac High School in the town of Stolac, financed by the Embassy of the United States of America in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

One of the key elements of the TTTE program is to familiarize students with important features of U.S. culture and values. Students are encouraged to develop respect for and interest in other cultures, customs, and beliefs. TTTE program enhancement activities are designed to provide hands-on and interactive opportunities for students to engage in discussions, games, community service, and other activities relating to U.S. culture and values.

Students will get acquainted with the U.S. holidays (St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas), U.S. history (Colonial America, The Foundation of the United States of America, Civil war, end of slavery, The Depression, The New Deal, The Civil rights movement in the U.S., Modern U.S., etc.), U.S. popular culture, topics such as the environment, gender, equality, democracy, U.S. high schools and university education. For example, students’ first experience with the U.S. education system will actually be through their own TTTE classes as this program is designed differently than their regular English classes in high school. Also, all participants of the TTTE program will have an opportunity to meet students of high school exchange programs (YES and YES Abroad students), the EducationUSA Student Advisor who will talk with students about studying in the U.S. and so forth.

Over the course of two years, TTTE teachers, American Councils and the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo will seek out opportunities to enrich the educational experience of these students through a variety of activities.