English Language Fellow Joanie Andruss took the bull by the horns and launched an American idiom film project in Timor-Leste. The project allowed for collaboration between students from the Universidade Nacional de Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL), the English Access Micro-scholarship Program, and the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section.

The program connected the nearly seventy University and Access students to the U.S. Embassy’s film postings by connecting it to the context of their lives in Timor-Leste. With materials like In the Loop: A Reference Guide to American English Idioms available, it was a piece of cake for students to write short dialogues featuring idioms in the context of their day-to-day lives.

The Access students were tickled pink to practice their lines from the scripts they created, which they will perform for films to be posted on the U.S. Embassy’s Dili, Timor-Leste Facebook page. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming film series!

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