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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 […]

Georgia’s Newly Certified Teachers

May 28, 2012 by


I recently discovered another difference between the American education system and Georgia’s – the process of deciding who gets to be a teacher.  To be fair, I’m still not entirely sure what qualifications a teacher needs to have to be hired by a Georgian school, but I now know that he or she (ok, usually […]

Teaching how to teach?

May 27, 2012 by


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. […]

Teachers’ Tests: Some Thoughts.

May 26, 2012 by


Generally, I’m not a proponent of standardized testing. When I went to elementary and high school in the U.S., I distinctly remember spending entire class periods learning exactly how to answer test questions to receive the best scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (elementary school standardized tests), or how to write five paragraph […]

English Demand in Georgia

April 4, 2012 by


Sometimes I’m tempted to ask myself the question, who brought a love of English to the schoolchildren of Georgia first: TLG’s volunteers, or Pitbull, Adam Levine, and Michael Jackson? Every day I walk into my 4th-6th grade classes, one of my students is singing some popular song; this week’s feature was ABBA’s Dancing Queen. English […]

Meeting with the Minister of Education

March 21, 2012 by


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 […]

Snow! Also, Snow Days!

February 8, 2012 by


Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Snow is all I ever talk about these days. Oh, by the way – it’s snowing again. So due to Georgia’s unusually snowy and cold winter (part of a plague of snowiness sweeping across Europe, apparently), the Ministry has officially declared that schools will be closed until Monday, February 13th. […]

Georgian Climate Calendar

February 5, 2012 by


I know, I’m like, obsessed with the weather lately. It’s been snowing and then snowing some more, and then this last week it’s just been unusually cold. My friends in the mountains are talking about getting snowed in and having their pipes freezing over and there’s even been consideration of possibly having to ration the […]

First Grade Assessments

January 14, 2012 by


According to the MES, “The first graders showed a high level of academic performance” on recent assessments of their English and computer skills. This is good news, of course, and I don’t doubt that progress is being made – after all, the netbooks these kids are getting are great; the new English books are fantastic, […]