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A Normal Day

December 5, 2012

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“The raw afternoon is the rawest, and the dense fog is densest, and the muddy streets are muddiest…” –Charles Dickens, Bleak House I write this while sitting next to the pechi, seeking warmth, for it is the only source of heat on this dreary day. Zhuzhuna–my host grandmother, with whom I maintain a love-hate relationship–sits […]

A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

November 29, 2012

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Lesson Plan: I’m Thankful For… Local English Teacher: Manana TLG Volunteer: Mikkela Grade: 4 – 12 English World Textbook Level: None Lesson Objectives/Target Language: Structure: I’m thankful for… Vocabulary: thankful Vocabulary: Things to be thankful for (family, friends, school, home, food, etc.) Materials: Blackboard, student notebooks/paper, pen/pencil, crayons/colored pencils/markers. Brief Description of the Lesson, Activities: […]

Teaching the Present Continuous

October 30, 2012

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Lesson Plan Local English Teacher: Manana TLG Volunteer: Mikkela Grade: 4th-6th English World Textbook Level: 2 Lesson Objectives/Target Language: Students are able to follow directions given in English Students are able to correctly use the present continuous Students understand subject/verb agreement Materials: Blackboard, student notebooks/paper, pen/pencil, action flashcards (found with Blue Book English World II […]

Snail Mail from America

October 24, 2012

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The look on my students’ faces when the director enters through our classroom door and states my name is one of curiosity. As Jamal, the director, doesn’t speak a single English word, it is rare to see the two of us conversing. Perhaps even more rare is Jamal’s frequency in pulling teachers from class. The […]

Creating a Monster: A lesson plan how-to

October 9, 2012

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Lesson Plan: Creating a Monster Local English Teacher: Manana TLG Volunteer: Mikkela Grade: 5th-6th English World Textbook Level: English World II, Unit 6 Lesson Objectives/Target Language: Students are able to follow directions given in English Students are able to name each learned body part Students are able to say “I have, It has, He/She/It has….” […]

Living with the Host Family

October 2, 2012

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“Time to wake up, it’s five-thirty,” the high-pitched, overly excited recorded voice of my alarm bleeps at me. I blindly reach to the floor for both it and my glasses, roll over from my stomach to my back, take a deep breath, and think gotta get up. My bare toes search for my house slippers, […]

New (School) Year’s Resolutions

September 25, 2012

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For this cleverly named post, thanks to one of my fellow blogger’s creativity, I decided to take three of the most common resolutions and put a little spin on them for things that I hope to achieve this year in school. Exercise more: Exercise my mind, that is! Not only do I see my time […]

From the Red Sea to the Black

September 1, 2012

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Hello Everyone! It’s been about two months since I’ve last posted, and wow! it seems like a lifetime. I’ve spent my summer catching up with my family back in America, and now traveling through Egypt. I’ve had an incredible time so far, and am still thrilled and amazed by my current locale, though I will […]

Teaching how to teach?

May 27, 2012

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Things are changing for the education system here in Georgia, specifically in regards to English, and they’re changing quickly. As we all know, native English speakers have been brought in, the required language for students to learn has switched, new textbooks have been dispersed, and now? Teachers are partaking in integrated English and computer exams. […]

Questions from Home

May 20, 2012

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It’s been about a month since I’ve last written, and this fact, combined with numerous requests for a post, have led me to decide that it’s about time I took a moment to update you all on my activities. In figuring out what the focus of this blog should be, I reread a letter that […]

Encounters in English

April 15, 2012

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It’s a normal morning– I’m making the fifteen minute walk to school, and along the way I meet familiar faces, most of them greeting me, in English, with the words, “Hello Mikkela! Good morning! How are you?” While I’ve now become accustomed to the familiarity of hearing my native tongue in an unfamiliar setting, it […]

Meeting with the Minister of Education

March 21, 2012

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A little over a week ago, myself and some fellow TLG-ers sat down to breakfast with the Georgian Minister of Education, Dimitri Shashkini as a “thank-you” for our work and as an opportunity to ask questions about the Georgian education system. Here are some quick facts: Based on a Gallup poll conducted in 2011, studies […]

First Impressions.

February 19, 2012

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Readers, I’m sure you can relate to that feeling of anticipation that comes with the unknown. The slight quivering of your knees, the flip-flopping of your stomach. And the hoping! The wishing that things will go well, that you won’t mess up, that you’ll be well-liked, that everything will work out…. This is how I […]