Category Archives: Education

On “Hats Off”

What is the point of having students take their hats off when they come into the school building? As far as I can tell, there is no educational benefit to be gained from removing your hat. It’s not like the … Continue reading

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To Teach a Programmer

This might fall under the category of “things that should have been obvious”, but teaching programming is vastly different from teaching English. I’m in my second semester – the long semester – which I started off by introducing the kids … Continue reading

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In, On, At, and To

[Editor’s Note: this is another one that was written for the TLG blog. It compares some prepositions in English and Georgian that tend to give language learners a bit of trouble.] Prepositions are a common source of mistakes among Georgian … Continue reading

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A is for Apple

[Editor’s note: this post was written for the TLG blog, but the bureaucratic gears ground to a halt before it got published, so I’m bringing it to you here. Enjoy!] If you know English, you’ve probably heard “A is for … Continue reading

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At Cross-Purposes

Idioms: at cross-purposes, in a way that involves mutual misunderstanding or produces mutual frustrations, usu. unintentionally. This is the perfect way to describe my three years working with Georgians to teach English to other Georgians. I know that’s sort of … Continue reading

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I’ve spent the last two weeks buried in research into vowels. That might sound boring to y’all, but I am a linguist by hobby and an English teacher by trade, and so vowels are right in my wheelhouse. This post … Continue reading

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The Long Winter

Well, this is now the longest I’ve ever been outside of the US. This is the first year I haven’t spent Christmas with my family – but scratch that, because I have my own family now and I spent Christmas … Continue reading

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Why Do We Hate Ignorance?

On a basic, almost primal level, we all hate ignorance. At the very least, a display of ignorance makes us uncomfortable, like a crawly itchy feeling that we just absolutely have to scratch: In the more extreme cases, we react … Continue reading

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Why I Do What I Do

I’ve been having a conversation with a fellow expat in Georgia. Something tells me “Britishvili” is not his real name, but I feel it might be rude to level such an accusation at a perfect stranger, so “Britishvili” it is. … Continue reading

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You probably weren’t wondering what I’ve been doing these past fifteen days instead of updating my blog, but I’m going to tell you anyway: I’ve been learning. I mean, in a sense, I’m always learning. I have a voracious appetite … Continue reading

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