Falcon Derailleurs

Before I got into teaching, I worked in a bike shop. It’s usually my job in-between teaching jobs as well. When I get fed up with a place or with the idea of teaching ESL in general, it’s nice to do a stint in the bike shop. I like working on bikes. There’s something that’s […]

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From the Vault

In a class full of 25 unmotivated students who are 18 or 19 years old, when I can’t get anyone to pay attention or do any work, I need to find some way of making light of the situation so I don’t do one of the many things running through my brain (throwing chairs, smashing […]

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Amusing myself

I teach in a private university, so the students come from wealthy, very privileged backgrounds for the most part. They don’t want to be in their English classes, and usually don’t pay attention to anything other than their iPhones. I never thought that coming to teach in a university, the biggest problem I’d face would […]

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Lost in Translation

It’s odd living in a place where extremely few people speak English. I’ve spent a lot of time in Eastern European countries, but there, many people speak English, and many are fluent. English is a fairly new addition to life in Georgia, so English speakers are few and far between, and of those who do […]

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Mr. President Visits Kutaisi

For a few weeks, there had been talk of President Saakashvili coming to Kutaisi for a visit. He was purportedly coming to check on the professional education centers. One of which I work in (the vocational school,) and one of which I live in (the dormitory that is a language training center for ethnic minorities […]

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Ironic Punishment

Monday morning I awoke not feeling the greatest. 24 hours of travel weren’t cured by a few hours of sleeping. Just as a precaution, I sent co-teacher Bibi a text message to be sure we would have the lessons that day. When I was making my coffee I got a response. No lessons today, as […]

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Tuesday

It’s turning into a strange week. Woke up Tuesday morning for class. I figured today would be back to normal, I’d teach my lessons with my co-teacher (let’s give her a name…. how about Bibi?), and it would be a normal Tuesday. Got to my lesson at 9:00. On time, that is, which is early […]

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Monday Morning

Over the weekend, the dormitory has filled up. On Sunday about 100 Azerbaijanis moved in. They are here from villages from all over Georgia, and they are here in the dorm in Kutaisi for a one month crash course in Georgian. The dorm is a government run program that brings in ethnic minorities to teach […]

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