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Unfortunately I have not been able to pick up the Georgian language as well as I had hoped. My prep in learning the alphabet and the pronunciation of the Georgian letters helped a lot though. Without that I would have been dying from the start. We had a few days of language training at Orientation, but for the past two weeks at my training location it just keeps getting tougher. I will admit I am finally getting things from midweek of week one to finally click in my mind, but I am behind for sure. I never took Spanish, but I hear the verb conjugation concept is pretty similar to Georgian. In my mind “I am having to learn 6 completely different words for every single verb in the language.” My viewpoint at that probably hasn’t helped me, but… yeah. It’s a tough thing to figure out. Comparatively, Chinese didn’t have that concept and I’ve found my 3 semesters of Mandarin Chinese to have been much easier than Kartuli.

We train 6 days a week (off on Sunday’s). Every day I get up and walk to school. Language class begins at 9am and lasts 4 hours. After that, my group of 6 and our language teacher goes with us to one of our host homes where our host families make us all lunch. Afterwards we have to walk back to the center of town to hop on a bus and drive to Gori for “technical” training (training us how to teach English). Then back on the bus and we get back around 6:30pm or so. It’s a long day, and it makes my group’s day especially long since we are in an area furthest from the central hub for training in Gori (about a 25 minute ride each way).

We have had many different language lessons and technical sessions. We have gotten to the point where we should be able to get around in the Georgian language (should being the key part) and where we know how to put together lesson plans, how to teach speaking, writing, grammar, and etc.

This past week we had to put together lesson plans to present to others for 20 minute presentations. When my co-teacher (one of us) and I received feedback on our lesson we were relieved. We were worried it may go wrong, but thanks to some last minute changes it actually turned out pretty well!

Starting tomorrow we get to sit in and observe 4 different classes of different grades. I will be observing a 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 11th grade English class. Hopefully this will help us understand what English levels the students are at. I’m pretty excited! This is the job I signed up for and received a TEFL certificate for. I don’t think i’ll be disappointed. I just need to get a hang of it. Fun stuff!

On Tuesday and Thursday this week we get to help some of the teachers during their class by creating a 10 minute mini activity to fit into their 45 minute English lesson. Planning doesn’t sound like it will be too bad. Especially since a teacher who teaches 1st graders told me that I shouldn’t prepare anything other than introduce myself and perhaps toss around a ball asking them what their names are. 1st graders don’t know much English yet and don’t even have a textbook. Apparently the children decided to color in all the letters in the little bit of handouts they did receive. Haha!