The Youth English Program (YEP), which was funded by the U.S. Department of State, managed by AMIDEAST and in collaboration with local partner Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research (AQF), provided 120 hours of English skills and 60 hours of activities to UAE national school students. We have concluded 5 cohorts of the program since 2018 reaching 355 students in total.
English Language Courses: The English language curriculum consists of everyday communication skills at progressively higher levels, intensive practice in the four skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. It also encourages students to broaden their awareness of practices and perspectives around the world, as well as in their own community.
Personal Development: In addition to the English language, special modules focused on developing skills such as leadership, team building, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Student self-assessment was integrated throughout the program.
Community Engagement: Extracurricular activities were held and included group leadership and team-building activities. Within both the English language courses and these activities, this was done through readings, discussions, guest speakers, virtual and in-person trips, events, and holiday celebrations. Different sessions also focused on how to choose a major and apply to universities and scholarships.