Not another Valentine’s Project – #E-encouraging them & myself to #e-read

#E-reading #E-books (@ChristinaC)

#E-reading #E-books (@ChristinaC)

To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of e-reading. It’s always been something I had to do or I got used to doing in order to keep up with today’s record-breaking speed of everything! I’m not really into Valentine’s day celebrations either…
So where is this post going?
Well, it’s come to my attention that I might have got it wrong altogether. You see, reading is like an exclusive invitation to me. VIBs only (”B” for bookworm). I choose, I read, I ponder, I enjoy.  So I  decided to test it (and myself). Would it be possible to enjoy literature by reading online and could this be done collectively?
Valentine’s day seemed like the perfect opportunity. I was struggling to find interesting activities and as it’s always my goal to integrate technology effectively in my courses I decided to get creative.

VP - E-reading

I set this project up for my advanced level group (20-25 year-olds) because we focus on general knowledge and use of English and we’ve got unlimited time to work on projects like this. We’ve also had to be flexible with class hours and locations, as all students have full-time jobs, and a lot of work is done and exchanged online.

Here’s the outline:

  • Share this quick LoveQuote Quiz with the group to get them thinking and ask them to submit their responses within the day.
  • Share results and correct answers and allow some time for discussion and exchange of thoughts (we do this on my Facebook page).
  • Share quick Poll to decide on the next step: How would you like to do this project?
  • Announce results and either set up a social reading group or provide links to the e-book of choice.

The group decided to e-read Shakespeare’s ”A lover’s complaint”, first individually and then collectively, so I sent them its link from Project Gutenberg, which they sent to their Google Drives. They had a week to e-read and keep notes on what they found interesting and would like to discuss with the group.
I then created a group on ReadUps and sent them an invitation, so we could e-read together and exchange thoughts, questions and ideas within this narrative poem.

It’s actually been going really well and I should say it’s kind of put me in my place:  e-reading can be very interesting and it’s a lot more fun when done in company. Not only have we discovered another way of learning, but we’ve also been remarkably productive in practising our digital skills.

The next step will be to try and fully accomplish M Jesús García San Martín‘s incredible goal for the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators by creating a collective presentation of our group as e-readers!

Some extra notes:

LoveQuoteQuiz Answers:
”Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.” Rabindranath Tagore
”Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.” H.L. Menchen
”Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” Khalil Gibran
”Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.” William Shakespeare

E-book links:
”Chitra, A play in one act”,  Rabindranath Tagore
”The madman: his parables and poems”, Khalil Gibran
”A lover’s complaint” , William Shakespeare

11-Tagged once more! Another set of #randomfacts heading your way…


I’ve been tagged again by Vicky Papageorgiou, another great educator I’ve met through the 30 Goals Challenge!
I won’t be tagging anyone this time, I thought I’d share some random facts about number eleven and of course answer Vicky’s questions.
Here we go!

1.Name a book that made you cry.
It’s one of my favourite books, there are so many feelings simply pouring out from it and its a very realistic portrayal of how being part of a society and culture defines our lives.

2. Name one book that you…regret having read ! Give details please.
There’s no such book! I read all sorts of styles and think that every book has something to give you. So, no regrets!

3.Name your favourite song and tell us why.

I don’t really have one favourite song, but here’s one I always make sure I’ve got on my player:

4.Which city or country in the world could you easily live in, apart from your current city?
That would be Inverness in Scotland (I don’t think I’d get to live in the Castle, though!).

Inverness Castle

5. If you weren’t an educator, what else would/could you be?

No idea! Perhaps my love for DIY projects will lead me somewhere else one day, but I doubt it!

6. What is the riskiest thing you have ever done in your life?

I have willingly touched a snake…doesn’t get riskier than that!

7. Describe your favourite library : where is it, how is it, why do you like it?

I’ve got two favourites:
1. Reading Room 36, small but welcoming, 5 minutes from my house and the quietest place I’ve ever been to. You can choose from their collection of Greek and international poetry or bring your own book and enjoy the environment!
2. The ICDL – because it gets my students reading and I’ve used it in almost all my courses!

8. If you could write a book, what would it be about?

Probably something like ”the trivial pursuit of knowledge” – sums up my days on this planet!

9. Which is your favourite ELT website? Provide the link, please.

Very difficult to choose one, Vicky! I’ll share the first two I check and use on a daily basis:
Teaching English- British Council on Facebook and Tools for Educators

10. An embarassing moment in your professional career. When, where, what?

June 2008, SoEasy Language School, Presentation Mayhem!
I was presenting the school’s progress report to my colleagues and our students’ parents at our annual meeting and half-way through I realised I hadn’t set up the links in my ppt properly, graphs were tiny and not visible to the naked eye and I’d forgotten to mention our DoS in my presentation. My blood pressure must have been around 130 and I’m pretty sure ”Redskins” were named after me.

11. Describe one of your best moments in your teaching career.

The phone calls I get from students ”just to say hi, Miss” and the invitation to their table when I meet them by chance at a cafe.

Time for some more random facts!

1- 11 is the atomic number of Sodium.

2- World War I ended on November 11th (1918) at 11:00.

3- The maple leaf on the flag of Canada has 11 points.

4- The number 11 London bus is Europe’s second longest urban bus route.

5- In Twelve Days of Christmas, the gift on the eleventh day is ”Eleven pipers piping”.

6- 11 in different languages: έντεκα (Greek), onze (French), once (Spanish & Portuguese)), undici (Italian), elf (German), on bir (Turkish).

7- Teams in football, cricket, field hockey and american football have eleven players.

8- The film ”The Lord of the rings: The return of the king” has won 11 Oscars.

9-The F11 function key toggles full screen.

10- A rugby ball is 11 inches long.

11- Some songs with or about 11, enjoy!