GEORGIAN AS SECOND LANGUAGE AND INTEGRATION PROGRAMME (GEORGIAN LANGUAGE PREPARATION EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME)
The Georgian Language Preparation Educational Programme called Georgian as the Second Language and Integration Programme is targeted at university entrants who are the members of ethnical minorities wanting to pursue their studies at higher education institutions of Georgia.
In order to be enrolled on the Georgian Language Preparation Educational Programme, entrants must be the citizens of Georgia. Entrants who will be registered at Ilia State University (ISU) Georgian Language Preparation Educational Programme, must take only the General Skills exam in Armenian, Abkhazian and Ossetian languages.
High school seniors can register at any university within the time frames (23.02.2017-31.03.2017) determined by the National Center for Assessment and Examinations in the current year. Information regarding the universities are available at the annual reference book (www.naec.ge) issued by the National Center for Assessment and Examinations.
Pursuing Bachelor’s Degree
After successfully completing the programme and obtaining the certificate, students will be enabled to pursue their Bachelor’s Degree studies (4 years, 240 credits) at any faculty or programme at Ilia State University (see the link https://iliauni.edu.ge/ge/study) without taking additional examinations. Grants received at the Georgian Language Preparation Educational Programme can be used to finance Bachelor’s Degree programmes.
Why to choose the programme
ISU Georgian Language Preparation Programme proves to be the most interesting and effective programme according to the study held in 2016. (See the study of effectiveness of one-year Georgian Language Preparation Programme http://cciir.ge/upload/editor/file/CCIIR%20research%20document.pdf ).
ISU adopted the special methodology for teaching Georgian as the second language on the basis of modern approaches, with the courses being held by teachers having completed the programme for teachers of Georgian as the Second Language at the same university. The aforementioned teachers have an extensive theoretical knowledge in this field, as well as practical experience gained at intensive internship programmes under mentors and lecturers’ supervision.
The teachers prepare special materials on the basis of students’ needs by using articles, video recordings, and films on topical issues. Students learn how to hold presentations and lead discussions before the audience in the Georgian language; they also record interviews and create tests of different types and with different functions. These types of activities with their well-planned educational materials enable students to use their theoretical knowledge in practice.
Studies are underway in an electronic format, which is why the programme involves computer and information literacy courses, as well as media courses.
The programme is particularly distinguished with its individual approach to students’ needs and interests and, in addition to this, it is permanently upgraded.
The one-year programme comprises two terms (17 weeks), with its courses lasting for 24-26 academic hours in a week.
Successful completion of the program enables students to:
- understand Georgian language lectures;
- study lecture notes;
- participate in discussions;
- communicate with their peers in Georgian (orally and verbally).
The precondition for enrollment on the programme is passing General Skills examination in a native language (Azeri, Armenian, Abkhazian or Ossetian). For those who will take the examination in the Armenian language, a rating list of students having passed the exam will be prepared in Armenian, while for Azeri students, the rating list will be presented in their native language, with scholarships being granted according to the aforementioned lists. Grants received at the Georgian Language Preparation Educational Programme can be used to finance Bachelor’s Degree programmes.
Ilia State University
Faculty of Science and Arts
➳ Chavchavadze ave. #32, room D 307
☏ 2 22 00 09 (221); 22 00 09 (200)
☏ 591 05 98 97 Programme Coordinator Natia Ugrelidze)