The English lessons that are part of the Access program – Microscholarship for better access to English language, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, are continuing online through digital educational platforms. 150 high school students from the towns of Skopje, Tetovo, Kumanovo, Gostivar and Kicevo are participating in interesting and productive digital activities for developing their personal skills and English language knowledge.
On May 4, 2020, during the joint online class where all the students from the Access program got together, they had a chance to meet the actor Driton Vejseli, well known as the character of Talat from the Macedonian famous TV show Prespav. The high school students heard about his passion toward the acting, what motivated him to become an actor, which one of his experiences is the best for him, what are his desires, with whom he would go on a deserted island, what type of superpower he would like to have etc. They all had fun asking him questions and discussing the answers.
Students’ creativity was shown by the portraits that some of the students have drawn of the actor, and they presented them to him as a surprise. In order to make the online meeting funnier, Driton imitated a short scene from the TV show and he presented a photo from his childhood.
“Be yourselves no matter what. Don’t allow others to affect your life and the way of thinking. When I was younger I tried to make myself happy first, and then the others”, Driton told the students. Initiated by his sincere answers the students exchanged creative ideas about how they spend their time at home and explained how they find inspiration.
They are continuing with the activities through the digital tools and platforms through which they develop their skills for English language, discussing themes connected to the American culture and are starting their campaign for health protection during the global pandemic.
This activity is part of the English Access Microscholarship Program, supported by the United States Embassy in North Macedonia.