British Corner - English Language Centre


On February 27, 2015 the founder of the English-Speaking Union of Georgia and the President of the ESU International Council, Marina Tsitsishvili with the support of ESU-Georgia set up the British Corner, English Language Centre and ESU-Georgia office. British Ambassador to Georgia, HE Alexandra Hall Hall and Marina Tsitsishvili cut the red ribbon stretched at the entrance of the brand new language centre located in the top corner of Vake Park (main park in Tbilisi), opening up the way to English education for future generations. It's a place not only for teaching English but introducing British culture, British traditions and even British cuisine.

"I am so proud and happy to be here at the opening of British Corner," said HE Alexandra Hall Hall "I'm sure that it's going to be a magical place where people can meet their friends, have a cup of tea, read Shakespeare, listen to music, allow their imagination to expand and also to learn the English language and everything about Britain, which can be great and which can be shared with all Georgia."

British Corner organizes a lot of events. It organized NATO Day. At the occasion, a special "Peace Garden" was opened in the British Corner. The event was organized by the NATO & EU Information Center alongside the BC. It has been announced that the children of the Georgian soldiers who were wounded or killed during the 2008 Georgia-Russia war will be awarded with free English courses by the British Corner and the British Embassy in Georgia.

 ESU and British Corner together with British Embassy  sponsor children of the Georgian soldiers killed during the 2008 Georgia-Russia war  by awarding them with  free English  lessons . In January,  2017,  the children had a presentation on Georgia  for the newly appointed British Ambassador HE  Justin McKenzie Smith and Military attache Dave Ethell. The event was attended by  Viktor Dolidze, State  Minister of Euro-Atlantic Integration , Depute Minister of Defence , Zaal Kapanadze ,  Ketevan Chachava, Director of NATO Information Centre and others. 

                                                                                                   Remembrance Day 

Every year since the end of the First World War, Armistice Day has been observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states to commemorate the lives of servicemen who died. Remembrance is symbolised by the wearing of a poppy.

More than 60 000 Georgian soldiers also served in the First World War. Today at British Corner we honour those soldiers and others since them who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

Our esteemed guest Lt Col Dave Ethell, Defence Attaché Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan, gave a presentation to students of GIPA explaining the significance of the poppy and why remembrance is important.


                                                                                                       Teacher Training

British Corner invited a qualified tutor, Jan Stanbury from the UK, to do  a special  Teacher Training course for Georgian teachers.

The course was very successful and British Corner is going to organise it every year.



On March 11, 2016 the students, partners and friends of the English-language center were invited to a special celebration marking British Corner’s one year anniversary.

The attendees were shown a special presentation about the Centre, the English Speaking Union (ESU) and its history in Georgia, which was followed by mini-plays and musical performances by the centre’s pupils. After the show, the Founder of British Corner and the President of ESU-Georgia, Marina Tsitsishvili, thanked BC’s long-time partners and supporters and awarded three students with free education certificates for their merits.


An Article from "Georgia Today"

The well-known English language center British Corner - arranged another extraordinary charity evening for its students and visitors on October 31, 2015.

The Halloween event included a special play and numerous musical performances all performed by the pupils of British Corner, including the children of the Georgian soldiers who were wounded or killed during the 2008 Georgia-Russia war, who are now studying English at BC for free.

“Welcome to our Halloween special, I hope you’ll enjoy the evening very much, but before we begin our play, I would like to thank the English Speaking Union (ESU), the British Embassy in Georgia and the NATO & EU Information Center for enabling us to teach the children of the deceased Georgian soldiers at our facility. They will be performing for you tonight,” announced the Head of British Corner and the President of ESU Georgia, Marina Tsitsishvili in her opening speech. 

The special occasion was closed with a trick or treat, buffet reception and Halloween cake cutting. British Corner promises to surprise its students and visitors with numerous other celebrations as it has done ever since opening at the beginning of the year. 


Nativity Show at the British Corner

Fifty-three students of the language center British Corner participated in a festive performance, the first of its kind in this center, and an acclaimed success.

“What I have witnessed here today, these amazing children is such an incredible importance,” Nick Wilkes, Lieutenant Colonel and UK Defiance Attaché told Georgia Today. “I have children of my own, already grown up, but we as parents all remember when our children were in such Nativity plays. It is incredible to see children speaking so many languages and also singing in a foreign language. It was a great experience for me to see it.”

The evening was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Defense, Ana Dolidze, EU-NATO Information Center Director, Elene Gotsadze, U.S. Embassy Press Attaché, Daniel Hastings, and British Embassy Representatives.

Among the students who participated in the show were the children of soldiers wounded or killed during the 2008 August War or international peacekeeping missions. Thanks were given to the EU-NATO Information Center which organized a charity project for the children and awarded them free English Courses for several months. The project was sponsored by the British Embassy to Georgia and the British Corner.