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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 […]

Introducing Guy Fawkes: Advice for Putting on a Performance

February 4, 2013 by


British TLG Volunteer Oliver Rogers spent last semester in Village Zumi, where he wrote and directed a school play that caught the attention of his village and local media. Oliver, or Olly as he prefers to be called, created a play dedicated to the English holiday, ‘Guy Fawkes’ or ‘Bonfire’ night, which is celebrated on […]

“Georgia? What, like, the state?” My Top Three Reasons for Volunteering in Georgia-the-Country-not-the-State

December 4, 2012 by


A year ago, when I told people I was moving to Georgia to teach English, I was met with one of three reactions: a blank stare, a “What, you mean the state…?”, or, every so often, a “Wow, good for you! My [friend/relative/close acquaintance/person I met once at a dinner party and haven’t seen since] […]

Georgian Educational Perspectives

November 21, 2012 by


One of our missions as foreign volunteers in Georgia is to exchange cultural perspectives, especially on education. Exchange is apparently a two-way street, so when I’m not bloviating about kids these days running in the halls and touching me with their filthy hands I make it a point to listen to, and try to understand, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Coteacher Relationship

October 17, 2012 by


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 […]

TLG Staff Spotlight: Marika Khasia, Samegrelo Regional Representative

October 8, 2012 by


In the first of our Regional Representative interviews, I had a chance to talk with Marika Khasia, the RR from Samegrelo.  With her background in Diplomacy and International Relations and a Master’s in Russian Studies from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Marika joined TLG in April 2012, moving to Zugdidi to become the RR there.  […]

Cheek-Pinching Good: First Week of School

October 7, 2012 by


My first week of school was a strange twilight zone; not only was everyone convinced I was a new student, but no matter what sort of schedule I though I had worked out, the next day I would arrive to find it changed. There was a lot of sitting in the teacher’s lounge, a lot […]

Friday Links Special: World Teachers’ Day and Tbilisoba!

October 5, 2012 by


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’ […]

you fantastic

September 29, 2012 by


Welcome to Laituri village school. With 500 students we are big for a village school and occupy a building just across from the village church. The school is a monumental concrete structure with aluminum siding, around an inner courtyard where cows graze. In front are a row of pines so narrow, tall, straight and fuzzy-needled […]

The Very First Friday Links Round-up

September 21, 2012 by


Dear readers, we’re starting a new initiative this year at the TLG Blog. Each week, we’ll compile a list of links we’ve come across in our travels across the Internet. (Essentially, they’ll be everything we wish we would have written ourselves.) While we’d like to share all of our awesome discoveries, we’re going to stick […]

My new (school) year resolutions

September 19, 2012 by


I have changed schools this year. I preface this only because it means I will be given a clean start with new students. The school I first arrived at in January was full of eager pupils, excited to learn English from a man of mystery and American clothes. It was though, my first experience teaching […]