Sometimes I’m tempted to ask myself the question, who brought a love of English to the schoolchildren of Georgia first: TLG’s volunteers, or Pitbull, Adam Levine, and Michael Jackson?
Every day I walk into my 4th-6th grade classes, one of my students is singing some popular song; this week’s feature was ABBA’s Dancing Queen. English pop-culture has been seeping into each corner of Georgia for a good many years now, and the children we teach love to sing along to their favorite songs, whether they actually know the words they are singing or not.
But love of catchy music cannot translate to love of learning a language.
A recent press release from Georgia’s Ministry of Science and Education shows that the percentage of 12th graders who elected to take their foreign language test of the Unified National Exams (a combination high school exit exam and university…
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