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TLG Staff Spotlight: Nata Javakhishvili, Program Manager

September 10, 2012 by


Today we are pleased to announce and unveil a new series called TLG Staff Spotlight!  Every Monday we will be publishing an interview with a member of the TLG Staff.  Who is that lady who buys your plane tickets?  How did your RR get so good at English?  Who reads your monthly reports?  What’s the […]

Eenie Meenie Miney Mo

June 17, 2012 by


Standardized tests are a) unchallenging, b) impossible to cheat on, c) rigged, d) only theoretical, or e) all of the above I have neither seen nor learned what exactly is on the tests that people take in Georgia so what I say can only be taken with a grain of salt, but since there is […]

You Have Made a Difference

June 15, 2012 by


Sometimes when you get caught up in the thick of things it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture.  Day-to-day tasks take up all your time and focus.  Questions like, “What should I wear?” “Is it seriously already 90 degrees?” “Can I meet my deadline?” and “How many of my students have actually done their […]

Teaching a Nation’s Linguistic Minorities

June 6, 2012 by


Now, I know this is a blog run by English language teachers, so usually when we talk about non-native speakers we mean everyone but ourselves, the native English speakers.  However, in this post, the non-native speakers I want to talk about are non-native Georgian speakers, and I want to look at how these children are […]

Teachers Can Be Students

June 3, 2012 by


Lately, the most popular topic of discussion in the staffroom has been the National Exam that teachers need to take by 2014; otherwise they will be out of work. Most of the teachers in my school are 50+ in age and most of them agree on one point that this exam is unnecessary. It seems […]

Evidence of Progress

May 30, 2012 by


One of the most rewarding things about the end of the term is the abundance of evidence that I have made a difference in my school. Any time I spend in the hallways corresponds with a chorus of greetings and pleasantries, often from the shyest students in class. One of my co-teacher’s classes is almost […]

English: A Georgian Language?

May 29, 2012 by


Over four months into my one year TLG placement in Telavi, I have noticed that although there are English speakers in this city, Georgian is the language of the majority. When I moved in with my host family, my host mother was communicating with me in English mostly; nowadays, she uses more Georgian compared to […]