The 11 blog challenge

The 11 Blog Challenge

I was asked to take part in this blog challenge by my sweet friend and colleague, Ageliki Asteri, and I am really excited to be a part of this challenge.
How this works:
1. I need to acknowledge the nominating blogger.
2. I share 11 random facts about myself.
3. I must answer the questions the blogger who nominated me asked.
4. I will list 11 other bloggers
5. I post eleven questions for the bloggers I nominated. I must let the bloggers know that they have been nominated (that actually took some time) and I cannot nominate the person who nominated me.
I got all this information from the Datenglish blog (Deborah Debovich):
http://datenglish.blogspot.com.ar/2014/01/the-11-blog-challenge-by-ageliki-asteri.html

So, here I go!

Eleven Random Facts about myself.
1. I grew up in Sydney, Australia, and left when I was 12. I have not been back since then.
2. I love the UK, which is one of the reasons I go there during the summer and teach pre sessional EAP courses. I always get asked, “You leave the sun and the Greek beaches to come to the rainy UK?”. Yes, people I do, cause I like it and I can!
3. I hate bridges!
4. Dream holiday? I really want to go to New York City… hopefully I will one day : ). My most romantic city in the world (out of the ones I have visited that is) Strasburg. So pretty. Seriously.
5. I do not really cook, but I really like going to fancy restaurants and trying out food from all around the world.
6. I have never had tasty fish and chips in the UK. Too greasy. I will pass.
7. I once boiled a spider and without knowing it drank tea out of the pot (with the dead spider’s remains). After that I was anxious to find out if, in the UK, spiders were poisonous. I guess not cause I live to tell the story : P
8. I find teaching people from around the world both challenging and stimulating. I have learnt so many fascinating things from my Chinese students whilst in the UK. My online teaching job has given me the chance to learn a lot about the French and German. It is mind blowing how you can use a computer and teach someone, somewhere else in the world.
 9. My favourite colour is pink… oh and I am colour blind so.. yeah.. go figure.
10. I love crumpets. They are so tasty!
11. My facvourite song and motto Should I stay or should I go-The clash.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqH21LEmfbQ

Now let’s see Ageliki’s questions
1. Can you tell one weakness of yours?
I am not spontaneous enough.
2. What do you most enjoy in life?
Travelling and having fun with my friends and family.

 3. How do you deal with injustice in life?
I don’t like it. If I have the opportunity, I say what I think.
4What flowers do you like and why?
Pink roses. They smell nice.
5. What book have you read recently?
Eap essentials. I do not have time to read novels and stuff. Most of my reading is work related.  I am reading a lot about BE and online teaching at the moment cause I am presenting at the TESOL Greece conference  http://tesolgreeceblog.org/2014/02/13/an-interview-with-joanna-malefaki/   and Belta day http://www.beltabelgium.com/belta-day-2014-meet-the-speakers-joanna-malefaki/
6. Why do you teach and what part of teaching do you enjoy the most?
I studied the language at university so it was only natural for me to teach it to others. I love it! I like everything! I have been teaching for many years and as my friend, Lia, said, “got my fingers in many yummy pies” so cannot say one specific part.
7. What do you do to help the unmotivated student?
I try to make the lesson memorable. I also try to find the reason why he/she may be unmotivated.
 8. What are two things in teaching that have problematized you in particular?
Students who are not motivated.
 9. What do you do to develop as a teacher?
I am doing the Delta. I will also start a course for teachers of Business English. I am currently looking into a second MA.
10. What have you found interesting about blogging?
I love it! It is like talking, writing a diary about teaching. I hope someone apart from me reads what I write and finds it interesting too!
11. What is your view on social media and professional promotion?
It is fascinating how the internet allows you to meet people from all around the world. LinkedIn and twitter, especially #eltchat on twitter,  have given me the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people from around the world.
My questions to the bloggers I have nominated:
1. Describe a good teaching experience you have had.
2. Describe a difficult teaching experience you have had.
3. Do you have a teaching mentor? If yes, can you tell me how this person has affected your teaching?
4. Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?
5. How do you deal with students who dominate the sessions?
6. How do you deal with shy/introvert students?
7. How much time do you spend on you work and how much on your personal life?
8. If you won 1 million euros, how would you spend it?
9. What’s your favourite food?
10. What do you hate doing around the house?
11. Describe your ideal day.

Look forward to hearing from you guys.
Till next time……..

Bloggers I have nominated:
Sally Fryer
Deirdre McKenna
Chara Machairianaki
Christina Malefaki
Ola Bakri
Evangelia Kallianos
Marina Daskalaki
Maria Mihelaki
Eri Mihelaki
Angela Fradelaki
Georgia Psarra

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