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Friday Links Roundup

November 9, 2012

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This is what we at the TLG blog have been reading this week. Well, this and election coverage. The Uses of Difficulty – We all know that overcoming challenges feels rewarding, but can obstacles in our way actually improve the outcome of our work? This article argues that difficulty can inspire us to do better […]

The Coteacher Relationship

October 17, 2012

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The coteacher relationship is tough. It’s two completely different people trying to do one difficult job together with very little preparation in often very challenging circumstances. As TLG volunteers, the onus is upon us to overcome the difficulties in this relationship – partly because it is our job, but mostly because we cannot really function […]

Paraskevis Linkebi

October 12, 2012

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It’s Friday again (seems to happen every week) so it’s time for another links round-up! Forgive the title of this post, but here at the TLG blog we’re devoted to cultural exchange, and what’s more exchangey than mangling two languages together? Don’t blame me for this – Georgians have actually analyzed several words from social […]

Friday Links Special: World Teachers’ Day and Tbilisoba!

October 5, 2012

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Welcome to a very exciting edition of TLG Friday Links Roundup! First and foremost, today is World Teachers’ Day!. Happy World Teachers’ Day to us! Here’s what UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day site has to say about today: “On this day, we call for teachers to receive supportive environments, adequate quality training as well as ‘safeguards’ […]

Maximize Your Classroom Energy

October 4, 2012

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It’s the second week of school, and I’m tired. I’m already looking forward to the upcoming three-day weekend to catch up on some sleep my twitter feed. When I’m in the classroom, though, I owe it to the kids to bring my A game, every time. Here’s how I maximize my classroom energy: 1. Sleep […]

Lesson Plan: English World 2, Day 1

September 14, 2012

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If you haven’t already seen TLG’s new lesson planning forms, they’re quite nice. Go ahead and take a look. This lesson plan will use that form as a framework. Notes can be found below the plan. Our complete guide to lesson planning can be found here. Lesson Plan: Welcome to English World 2! Local English […]

Lesson Plan: English World 1, Day 1

September 12, 2012

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If you haven’t already seen TLG’s new lesson planning forms, they’re quite nice. Go ahead and take a look. This lesson plan will use that form as a framework. Notes can be found below the plan. Our complete guide to lesson planning can be found here. Lesson Plan: Welcome to English World! Local English Teacher: […]

Alpha Bravo Charlie

September 7, 2012

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Have you ever had this conversation? You: “Which kuh is it?” A Georgian Person: “Kuh.” You: “Kuh?” Georgian: “Not kuh, kuh.” You: “Kuh?” Georgian: “No! Kuh! Kuh!” You: “Kuh?” Georgian: “Vaime!” I bet you have. For kuh or tuh or tsuh or chuh or puh. I first set foot in Georgia exactly two years ago […]

Decoding the “Transcription Language”

September 3, 2012

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What is the “Transcription Language”? As we mentioned in a previous post, the standard English teaching practice in Georgia is to use something called “transcription language” to write out the pronunciations of English words. Every Georgian English teacher and English student that I have encountered has learned this transcription language to some degree or another. […]

Introducing the TLG Monthly Calendar

August 30, 2012

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Ever find yourself wondering when your next three-day weekend is coming up? Ever say “see you tomorrow” to your coteacher only to have her tell you that that tomorrow is Iraklioba and no one has school? Ever check facebook obsessively to see if anyone else has gotten paid yet? Do you even know when the […]

Lesson Planning with English World

August 21, 2012

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The English World series makes lesson planning very easy, but there are a few potential challenges you will face when lesson planning with English World in Georgia: 1. The lesson plans provided in the Teachers’s Book might not match the curriculum at your school. 2. The lesson plans provided in the Teacher’s Book are incomplete […]

New Theme Pages

August 17, 2012

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Now that the blog is getting bigger, we wanted to find a way to help you get to the content you want. In that spirit, today we’re debuting three new themed navigation pages: Current volunteers will want to check out our perspectives on Lesson Planning. We have everything from lesson planning guides for beginners, advanced […]

How Do I Make A Great Lesson Plan? (Part II: Step By Step)

August 15, 2012

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Once you’ve prepared your target language, it’s time to make your lesson schedule – a detailed, chronological, step-by-step list of things to do in your lesson. This is important for three reasons. The first is the most obvious – the plan tells you what to do during class. The other reasons are less obvious but […]

The Receipt Lottery

August 12, 2012

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I may be late to the party on this one – the word’s been going around for at least a few months. However, I have heard now from a couple of TLGVs that they have won – 10 lari here, 5 lari there – so I thought it might be worth a post. Georgia has […]

How Do I Make A Great Lesson Plan? (Part I: Target Language)

August 7, 2012

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In Lesson Planning 101, we talked about the basic, necessary elements of a good lesson plan. In this post, we’re going to focus on one of those elements – the target language – which I will argue is the single most important element of the lesson plan. The target language for your lesson plan is […]