Everyone of my classes had a Giorgi, Luka, Aleko, and Vaso. They were the ones I loved working with most of all, and every little success was like a huge sense of achievement.
Upon reading an inquiry as to whether English use has increased around me, the faces of four young Georgians popped into my head: Giorgi, Luka, Aleko and Vaso (disclosure – the names of all four students have been changed). When I started teaching at the beginning of February, these four had two things in common – they used almost no English and were the students who had been somehow labeled as “lazy” by their co-teachers. They were either yelled at or ignored in class and rarely brought their books to class. They never smiled, never participated and never uttered a word of English. Today, when I see them in the halls, they give him a huge smile, wave and “hello” before running off in pursuit of their friends.
In my first 2nd grade class with Giorgi, he sat in the back, had no book or notebook on his desk and…
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