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Teaching English World In English

February 18, 2013 by


I have to apologize if this seems obvious to you, the reader, because for me it took me a while to catch on. See, the Macmillan English World series is meant to be taught in English. I figured this out from using Rosetta Stone. When I came to Georgia, English World had not yet been […]

Reflections on the First Week

November 13, 2012 by


My class size ranges from 4 to 7 children, and while one would think that means classroom management is not a problem, that is not always the case. Fortunately, TLG gave adequate forewarning that Georgian teachers’ methods of maintaining order could be very different than their western counterparts’. Now, rather than being shocked by the […]

‘Fall’ in Real Life.

November 11, 2012 by


“Sunny California,” they call it. Twenty-four years, and it’s never given me a real autumn. So imagine my delight as the world around me begins magically turning to hues of gold! The wind begins to bite at my fingertips, and while I feel a chill building, I cannot help but smile warmly at the school […]

The Co-Teacher Experience

October 31, 2012 by


Stepping into the classroom on my first working day in Georgia was an experience that I had anticipated, but this anticipation did not make the experience any less awkward. There was this classroom full of new students jumping to their feet in order to greet their first foreign English teacher, a classroom full of students […]

Snail Mail from America

October 24, 2012 by


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 […]

Old Dog…New Tricks

October 21, 2012 by


I arrived in Georgia earlier this year in February. I was placed in Khashuri, which at the time was one of the coldest and most demanding places I had been considering I had never seen snow, let alone experienced a winter that cold. You may be asking yourself why I’m telling you about something that […]

Get Well Soon!

October 18, 2012 by


I would be the first to admit that I have no experience teaching children anything. I have plenty of experience teaching adults and teens, but that seems to be a whole different game. Adults have reason and logic, children have curiosity, energy and really short attention spans. Especially the younger they get, which was why […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Gvantsa Koberidze, Academic Coordinator

September 17, 2012 by


In our second Staff Spotlight post, and in recognition of today being the 1st day of the new school year, we interviewed Academic Coordinator Gvantsa Koberidze.  Gvantsa received her Bachelor’s in Journalism from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and her Master’s in Education Administration from Ilia State University.  She has worked for TLG as a […]

Common Sensical Advice

June 5, 2012 by


Georgian classrooms are quite different than most American classrooms I’ve ever been in. The classes can be huge here (up to 35 students – too many!), some kids will never have proper materials for class and even the most disciplined classrooms oftentimes require one to shout to be heard. Most of the time kids don’t […]

წინ გადადგმული პატარა ნაბიჯები

March 15, 2012 by


კეიტლინ  სმიტი ხუთშაბათს საღამოს მშვიდად ვიჯექი საკლასო ოთახის ბოლოში, სახეზე ღიმილი დამთამაშებდა და ვუყურებდი როგორ ატარებდა მასწავლებელი საუკეთესო გაკვეთილს მათ შორის, რაც საქართველოში სწავლების  ორი კვირის მანძილზე ვნახე. ოცივე მოსწავლე წყნარად იჯდა, ბეჯითად მუშაობდა და ჩართული იყო გაკვეთილის პროცესში. მასწავლებელი შემთხვევით შერჩეულ მოსწავლეებს უსვამდა კითხვებს, ისევე, როგორც მე ვაკეთებდი იქამდე მის თვალწინ, თუმცა აქამდე არ […]

Small steps forward

March 15, 2012 by


Thursday morning saw me sitting quietly at the back of the class, a wide smile plastered on my face, watching as my co-teacher conducted the best class I have observed during my 2+ weeks of teaching in Georgia. All twenty students sat quietly, worked diligently and participated in the class. My co-teacher called on random […]