Another look back at my time in the Republic of Georgia. This was after a few weeks of teaching and settling into life in a small Georgian town where power came and went as it pleased but the people were as warm as any you’re likely to meet.
Teaching it Up in Georgia
|Students from Monday English Club.|
I am living with a wonderful host family who feed me regularly. The house is a thirty minute walk from the Public School where I am working which is good on a sunny day and less good when it is pouring down rain. The region gets a lot of rain too. It is hilly and very fertile and green. I co-teach Grades one through to six. The children are fantastic – they love to learn! They are keen even though this is the first time that English has been taught at this school.
|Main Street, Jikhanjali|
Hence it is all very basic stuff, we are about half-way through the alphabet and so far lessons are mostly vocab based. It’s funny to see the kids struggle with the concept of hello/goodbye. We often get ‘Goodbye!’ as we enter the class room and ‘Hello’ as we leave.
In addition to classes I have taken it upon myself to take an ‘English Club’. It has been divided into three groups, one for years 7-10, and two for 3-6 where I am building on the stuff in class and mostly doing songs and games. Classes are mostly repetition based, so it’s good for the children to have a less strict environment. Two weeks ago I had 36 children in one English Club. Although the whole school wanted to be part I had to limit the numbers which was very hard. I found one class of 36 just to be too many, so that was divided into two which have swelled to 20-22 now. But instead of an incredible amount of noise, with a little shuffling of the students they were quiet and extremely attentive and keen.
|View of the hill opposite where I am living.|
The years 7-10 are a different proposition because they have no English class at all, so I plan to build their base knowledge for a few weeks before starting a couple of projects. The school is basic yet has a computer room, internet and a projector. On the other hand the printer has been out of ink now for a couple of weeks and their are no musical instruments to aid the music teacher. The teachers themselves are all keen to learn English and seem a committed tight team.
I am off today to Tbilisi to get a look at the sights over the weekend. Back to school on Tuesday, which I am enjoying immensely.
Thanks for reading – more next time! May the Journey Never End!