Technologically and linguistically adventurous EFL teacher, trainer, writer and manager

I’m totally stealing this idea from Joanna Malefaki. In fact, I’m going to steal her words too:

I would really appreciate it, if you took a minute to say hello, tell me where you are from/about yourself, and what you like reading in the ELT blogs you read.

I am doing this cause I want to get to know the people who actually read my posts. Reading your comments really puts a smile on my face!

I’ve often wondered who reads my blog, and while I’ve had the pleasure to meet many of you *waves!*

Not that kind of waves!

Not that kind of waves! (my image)

I know there are a lot more of you out there. So, don’t be afraid, say hello!

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Comments on: "I know who I am, but who are you?" (18)

  1. Hello! I’m Liz, I’m a transcriber, editor and writer. I live in Birmingham, I knew you in real life before I read your blog, and I’m not in ELT myself but I do work with non-native English speakers, so find your posts interesting from that aspect, and my own language-learning aspect.

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  2. joannamalefaki said:

    Hello, hello, hello!!!
    While you probably know who I am, I still wanna say “Hello” and tell you that this blog post is so much fun and you will love reading comments 😀
    I am Joanna, from Greece. I like reading blog posts cause I get ideas and I learn about stuff that are out there. I prefer blog posts that a ‘real’ and that give me a sense of the person/teacher writing them. I like people who are funny in their posts as well!
    I live in Greece (Crete) and I spend my summers in the UK (I know….. it is supposed to be the other way round : p). I started reading your blog posts when I was doing my Delta. I like your teaching ideas and I really get your writing/blogging style.
    I also really appreciate the fact that you like sharing other people’s posts and promoting other people’s blogs as well. So, thank you!
    Joanna

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  3. Sandy, your blogs always help me keep up with the latest trends in ELT, find out what colleagues around the world are doing, and also help create the wonderful feeling of belonging to a global ELT community. I am in Graz, Austria but originally from New Jersey in the States.

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  4. Hello from me, too! You already know a lot about me, I guess, but for other readers:
    I’m Anne. I’m from the US, but I’ve lived in South Korea for the past 13 years. I try to teach EFL to mostly younger learners.
    I like your blog because it’s pretty down to earth and rooted in your real experiences. I also like the way you share blog posts from other people.

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  5. Hi there! I’m Wendy (or Daria) and I teach ESL in Russia. I mostly teach adults and teenagers, but I also do a lot of teacher training and programmes writing in my local language school.
    I came across your blog by accident and completely fell in love with your style, your generosity and your willingness to share and help. I’ve taught in Russia my whole life, but I’m moving to a different country soon. I’m going to have to start my career all over again, so reading about your impressions and experiences in differnt countries is really interesting and makes me feel I can do it, too 🙂
    Thanks for your ideas and motivation!

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  6. Louise Tarducci said:

    Hi I am signed up to your blog and usually read most of the posts which are very interesting. I teach English in Italy and have been here 25 years. I remember reading about your stomach problems when you arrived in Sevastopol and thought you were brave to stick it out in a foreign country. Hope that is all under control now. Look forward to reading more posts, Best wishes and well done for being such an excellent teacher!

    Louise

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  7. Hello Sandy! I’m Kate from Russia. I teach English to adults and dream of becoming a teacher trainer ( it’s a long way, I know). I really enjoy doing something new and seeing what comes out of it. I can be really energetic and proactive juggling lessons, ideas, hobbies and family, but in some time there comes a period of procrastination and laziness when I can’t make myself do anything (usually I suffer from it in winter).
    I like various blogs. Some of them give me just food for thought, some – practical ideas to implement. I love especially those where I can sneak somehow between the lines into the author’s inner world and “feel” this person and their world.

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  8. Hello, I’m Mira from Belgrade, Serbia. I’m an English teacher, and I came across your blog by chance. At the beginning I was just curious to see what you are writing about, but then I got used to reading each story that you publish. The way you write is unique, simple yet inspiring. I feel that I can learn a lot from you. I like to read about ELT but I also enjoy when you write about everyday things…. Your reports from Sevastopol were special, and I couldn’t wait for the new story to come out… I became interested in something I had nothing to do with, and I was learning about the situation in a country I knew nothing about before you started writing. That’s something, isn’t it? Thank you for being simply special 🙂

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  9. annloseva said:

    Reading this post put a smile on my face at the moment when that face was sulky. Thanks for that.

    Hi! As you know, my name is Anna, but you know even more (that my name is also Anya). At the moment I teach high school students in Japan at a private school in Tokyo. It is interesting, different, challenging, exhausting, and undoubtedly a great learning experience.
    In ELT blogs I value the blogger`s voice and sincerity, sense of humour and original ideas or interpretation of ideas, sharing experiences that make me wish to leave a comment. At other times, I like practical classroom ideas which are explained clearly and look attractive and doable for my classes. ELT blogs are where my friends are, too, and they are there to talk to.

    I wish I had more energy and time for that.

    The funny thing about this idea is that people who write comments (I think) do it for themselves, not for you))

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  10. Hi Sandy, My name is Priscila. I am from Barcelona but I have lived almost all my life in Brazil – Rio de Janeiro. Before being a teacher, I used to work as a translater, then when I moved to Barcelona, I did a summer course about social linguistic that made me reflect about teaching once again so that I came back to Brazil and started teachin. My first experience as a teacher it was in a public school, after that english institution and now I am focused on teaching children with special needs. Since 2012 I have met some great education throughtout the world who have been inspiring me and helped me to overcome my difficulties and on. I really appreciate your ideas, reflections and on.

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  11. Hi! My name is Ioanna, I am 36 years old and I come from Greece. I relish your posts and I really find you cute 🙂

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  12. Hello Sandy! My name is Helen and I am a teacher of English in Russia. I have been following you for a couple of months only but enjoy it greatly) I always find something interesting in your posts, the ones from Manchester were especially useful) thank you a lot) will continue following you with great pleasure!

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  13. Hi! You know who I am but for those who don’t, I’m Kirsty and I teach business English to adults online.
    I like this idea because apart from giving you an insight into who’s reading your blog, it also encourages people to interact. I’m notorious for reading and enjoying blogs, clicking “like” once in a while and then moving on to the next email. However I enjoy getting feedback about my posts (most of the time!) and I’m sure others do too.
    I finally got round to commenting on your blog when you asked a question that I could answer 😉
    I enjoy reading your honest reflections, informative posts and practical ideas! Keep writing!

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  14. Intissar said:

    I’m an English teacher. I’m from Tunisia .I’ve been teaching for 21 years in a secondary school.

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  15. Gregory Sommer said:

    Hi from Austria!
    I’m Gregory, English teacher in a public school teaching young teens. I truly enjoy your posts wondering how on earth anybody could find the time to produce such elaborate and informative (all the links!) blogs. Must be your vent and I’m glad I can benefit from it.
    I’ve been following for some years now but don’t always have the time to read in detail. So I sometimes lose track and then wonder (like now): What is she doing in Asia — shouldn’t she be in Poland or wherever she got that job offer to go to? –So to some extent (even though you share so much) you still remain a mystery 🙂

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  16. Hello! My name is Karima, I am from Libya. I did my CELTA on February but I won’t be able to start teaching until September. no previous experience in teaching. I like your blog and I really loved your webniar about blogging as I have been thinking about it. I like to read about CPD but I still like to read any thing related to teaching as I am still discovering ELT world and aiming to be a part of it.

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  17. Victoria said:

    Hi, my name is Victoria. I’m an English learner and I really enjoy reading about your experiences, ideas, opinions, etc. It truly helps me improve my English, so thanks a lot.
    Ah! I forgot to tell you that I’m Spanish and live in Spain.

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