My name is Maria del Carmen Colussa and I am from Argentina. I live in a quite small town called Santo Tomé, where I started learning English at the age of 13. I graduated from Instituto del Profesorado Almirante Brown in Santa Fe city, which is about 14 kilometres away from my city separated by the Salado River.
After I graduated in 1993, I started teaching English non stop at Liceo Municipal de Santo Tomé Faustino San Juan, so I returned as a teacher right where I had begun studying several years before.
Back in February 2012 I started exploring the possibilities of using ICT tools in my language teaching practice and I have been doing that since then. Always learning something new and meeting likeminded teachers. As time went by I became interested in the possibilities of working together with other teachers and classes all over the world. The Skype Community in Edmodo is an attempt to do just that. I have been having Skype chats (either Mystery or not) with several classes around the world, so my family is used to my meetings over the internet. I am also a member of the Hello Little World Teachers Skypers.
I have concentrated on teaching English to adults for the last 3 or 4 years and I do it as a freelance teacher from home. However, I have discovered through my Skype chats that people are interested in learning Spanish and also things about my country, so I found myself sharing those in my native language as well.
By joining this LTMOOC I hope to get new tools to use in my teaching and I also hope to share practices and experiences with other teachers. As I stated in the discussion group I am here because of Vance Stevens one of the moderators at the MultiMOOC EVO session last February 2013. He encouraged several of us to be here and I only have kind words for teachers like him or Miguel Mendoza and his Venezuelan crew, who introduced me to the world of Podcasting during the same sessions. (this blog also contains part of the work produced then)
As regards my hobbies, I have 3 adolescent children and a husband so I can say that I used to love cooking before I had to do it in large quantities and on a daily basis. As a result of so much time spent sitting in front of the computer and in order to compensate this, I practice several outdoor activities which vary with the seasons. These could be: bicycle riding, and an afternoon walk in Winter and wakeboarding and early walks in the Summer. All year round I read (at the moment "What I talk about when I talk about running", by Haruki Murakami), I usually keep about 5 books on my bedside table by Latin American writers (my favourite: García Márquez) or Argentinian ones.(Borges or Cortázar´s short story books) Several years ago I discovered that I also like photography, so I enrolled on a course and learned a few photo editing techniques.
Here´s my flickr page.
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