PH International

English Language through Civic Education

Country: Georgia
Category: Educational Development Programs


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2014-2016 English Language through Civic Education (ELCE II) Program

PH International (PH) is pleased to have been awarded the 2014-2016 English Language through Civic under the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affair’s (ECA) Programming Initiative. PH will be the sole implementer of the U.S. funded ELCE II program.

The goal of 2014 – 2016 English Language through Civic Education (ELCE II) program is to improve English language teaching and learning in Georgian schools in order to support Euro-Atlantic integration, promote Western democratic values, improve students’ capacity for higher and continuing education, and increase marketable job skills among Georgian youth. . The direct beneficiaries of this program in Cycle 1 of Program Implementation are Georgian teachers of English for grades 1 through 12 and the students they teach. This project represents a continuation in U.S. Embassy/PAS’s use of English language instruction and acquisition programs as a means to promote Western and U.S. values among a new generation of Georgian pupils.   In the first phase of the English Language through Civic Education program, PH, in partnership with Georgetown University and the English Teachers Association in Georgia (ETAG), worked with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi and MES to develop a core training program for practicing English teachers and over two years increased the capacity of 378 Georgian English teachers in seven regions. ELCE brought in American English Language Teacher Trainers (ELTTs) who worked with a core set of Georgian English teachers in each region on an intensive program to develop content based, student focused teaching skills that use civic and cultural themes as a means of mobilizing student engagement and participation in English language learning. These trained teachers serve as models for their colleagues and 30 of the best received additional training in the U.S. as peer teacher trainers under the follow-on Intensive Course for Teachers of English (ICTE) program, which also gave 20 English teachers that had not worked with ELTTs a “jump start” to using the ELCE curriculum through an intensive teacher training summer camp.  

The objectives of the current program are:

  • To enable Georgian English language teachers in four additional regions (Tbilisi, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta Mtianeti,  and Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti) of Georgia to demonstrate enhanced skills and improved classroom instruction for English language acquisition and civic education through English language.
  • In coordination with PAS and MES, to increase access of English teachers and classes to expanded materials and resources that complement the national curriculum, support language acquisition skills, and introduce Western and U.S. information, culture and concepts at each grade level.


The PH Team has developed a program that will achieve these objectives through a focus on following five key results:

  1. A total 120 Georgian English teachers (80 practicing teachers working with children grades 1-12 and 40 pre-service teachers) graduate from the ELCE training program in Tbilisi and Samtskhe-Javakheti with advanced skills in content and delivery;
  2. 20 practicing teachers from Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti and Mtskheta-Mtianeti increase capacity to deliver student-centered and content focused English language instruction through civic education;
  3. At least 20 new supplemental handouts, lesson plans, multi-media presentations or other material developed by Georgian teachers are nominated by their peers to be considered in semi-annual prize competitions.
  4. 80 schools have expanded equipment base to enrich English language learning experience in listening, reading , writing and speaking
  5. Two universities have expanded materials and approaches that can be used to better prepare new English teachers for learner-centered and content-focused language acquisition.


ELCE II Program Consists of four program components:

  1. Teacher Training Coaching and Advising
  2. Ongoing expansion of supplemental materials and teaching resources
  3. Distribution of equipment to enrich learning
  4. Promotion of new approaches and lessons learned to broader educational community.

Success Stories

I cannot believe my lesson plan is among the winners !!! |

“I can hardly believe how much they have developed since their first enrollment in the program,” admits Inga Gelashvili, ITTSC Teacher Training Assistant and ELCE I/ICTE/TOTSI alumni. “They could hardly put two words together when we first saw them in Tskaltubo back this summer, let alone writing a sound lesson plan with proper objective and assessment piece,” she continues. “They must have worked really hard over this period! I am impressed and in the same time, very proud of them!” she beams.
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Makvala Aliashvili and Shorena Azmaiparashvili Successfully Deliver Module 10 Workshop | 24 Apr 2016

On April 24, 2016, Tbilisi ELCE II program participants Makvala Aliashvili of School 165 and Shorena Azmaiparashvili of School 74 worked together to deliver the content of Module 10 to their ELCE II cohort during the tenth and final workshop.
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Success Stories in Samtskhe-Javakhakheti Region of Georgia - English Language Through Civic Education | 15 Apr 2016

INTEGRATION ACTIVITIES IN MINORITY REGIONS: 14 Armenian speaking and 5 Georgian speaking teachers attended 10 Workshops between September and April 2015-2016. English Language methodology and topics on elections, political systems, occupations, multiculturalism etc. were discussed and lesson plans were made in the mountain town in Akhaltsike, Georgia. This opportunity gave teachers to share each other's cultural traditions, knowledge of methodology and educational resources in the common language of English.
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