On The Shores of Tripoli

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I write this post on the southern shores of the Mediterranean, in Tripoli, Libya. I'm closing out my first week here, so figure it's maybe time to share the project I have been working on for almost two years.

We launched the online platform of ELT Tiger only a couple of weeks ago. ELT Tiger is a comprehensive English learning program built on the Linguisticator method. The program goes through every pattern in the English language in detail, and is designed to be exhaustive, taking the learner from complete beginner to a high level of fluency.

The timing of the launch and my presence in Libya are no coincidence. A significant portion of development of the ELT Tiger program was funded by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, who are also sponsoring a trial of the program here in Libya. The need for English language training is enormous, and I must admit that I have been surprised by the intense hunger for it from both Libyans and foreign workers.

Over the next few months, I will be running the trial of ELT Tiger here in Tripoli. In the meantime, I will be working on learning Arabic, which has — until now — been a significant gap in my linguistic base. I was very disappointed I did not have time to work on Arabic before coming out here, but given that a Libyan just asked me if I was fluent, I consider my first week here to be a success.

Libya is a country on the cusp of great change. In the wake of their revolution, they face an amazing opportunity to become a prosperous, peaceful, and beautiful country. It will take time and a lot of work, but it is an awesome experience to be here now, when so much hangs by a thread.

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