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New Directions

March 16, 2013 by


TLG was created in order to promote English language education and cultural exchange in Georgia. In accordance with that mission, and with the priorities of Georgia’s new administration, TLG has undertaken several reforms that we’re quite proud of and that we would like to share with you, the loyal TLG blog readers. 1. More money […]

Rainy Days are Best with a Side of Soup

January 28, 2013 by


Rainy days are when I make a not-so-lovely cup of insta-coffee, grab a book, and read those rationed chapters I have been holding myself back from reading. Being from sunny southern California, I find the rain is quite enjoyable… for about a day. It’s nice listening to the cliché of rain droplets hitting the tin […]

Last Links Ever?

December 21, 2012 by


Welcome to the Mayan Apocalypse. That’s right, after today, there will be no more world, and thus, no more links. …or not. Today is the last day of the semester, though, and I’m more than a little sad to be leaving my students, but I can’t say I’m not excited about vacation! Time to relax, […]

An Extracurricular Extravaganza!

December 19, 2012 by


We at Teach and Learn with Georgia have many talented volunteers who are doing great things with their schools and in their communities. Recently, we asked them to send in descriptions of their projects, and were flooded with responses. (Awesome!) Here are some volunteers’ projects, in their own words: Vicky Banas, Chognari, Imereti: I organized […]

Friday Links Special: Information Online

December 14, 2012 by


We live in the Information Age, where it often seems like all the world’s knowledge, and several worlds’ worth of pictures of cats, are at our fingertips. But what is the real quality of information on the internet? Can we trust online encyclopedias? Online classes? Online journalism? Does the internet improve the quality of information […]

Friday Links: Being Wrong

December 7, 2012 by


TRUE FACT: when writing this post about being wrong, I wanted to look up that TED talk about being wrong, and so I went ahead and googled “karen armstrong being wrong.” Trouble is, I was looking for Kathryn Schulz. Karen Armstrong is a religious historian (and a good one; I read her book on Islam […]

Saturday in Never-Never Land

December 1, 2012 by


It was Saturday. I was sitting in my pajamas, in the lounge when a troupe of musicians waltzed through the door, looking for somewhere to rest their heads that night. A matching set of Irish TLGers and a British one. I was sad to tell them that we had no space. They took the news […]

November Last Links

November 30, 2012 by


Last links of November! Enjoy, because there will be NO MORE until December: Linguist Makes Sensational Claim: English Is a Scandinavian Language – This is awesome! It’s like a soap opera! English grew up thinking that Anglo-Saxon was its father and French was its mother, until a tall, blonde stranger appeared with a different story. […]

Giorgobas Gilocavt!

November 23, 2012 by


It’s Giorgoba – the holiday so important Georgians have two of them! It commemorates St. George, the Georgian hero who slew the dragon and drove the Targaryens back across the narrow sea forever. This event is commemorated by the giant golden sculpture at Freedom Square in Tbilisi, and “George” became a folk etymology of Saqartvelo’s […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Nino Metreveli, Special Projects Coordinator

November 19, 2012 by


Nino Metreveli joined TLG back in May 2012.  She started out as the Special Projects Assistant, but recently moved up to take on responsibility for the whole department as the Special Projects Coordinator.  With a BA in Diplomacy and International Relations and an MA in Contemporary Modern History of America, Nino has a varied and […]

Friday Links Special: Learning about Learning

November 16, 2012 by


We have a great links post for you this week! Today we’re focusing on learning and language education – which, coincidentally, is our primary mission at TLG. Enjoy! How do we learn? Here’s a sample of the latest research into education and memorization: The Guardian Chinese Challenge – Can you learn to read a menu […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Renata Skardziute-Kereselidze, Orientation Training Assistant

November 12, 2012 by


Hailing from Lithuania, Renata has been helping Tamara with Orientation Training since February 2012.  With a BA from the University of Vilnius in International Relations and Political Science, an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, and having spent a semester abroad in Turkey, Renata is especially qualified to lead Intercultural Training! Renata, what […]

Friday Links Roundup

November 9, 2012 by


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 […]


November 6, 2012 by


Earlier than I am used to, I was out and about on a Tuesday. Ready to do my first interview with someone from an NGO for a blog post with a bit of a difference. I was going to visit an NGO called Mkurnali in Tbilisi. This doesn’t really have much to do with teaching […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Tamara Chanturishvili, Orientation Training Coordinator

November 5, 2012 by


Tamara is known to nearly all TLG Volunteers as the fearless undaunted leader of Orientation Training—the first seven days of each volunteer’s experience in Georgia.  With a degree in History and Social/Cultural Anthropology, Tamara has been working for TLG since August 2010 when she began as a contractor before joining the team full-time in September […]