Nellie Homewood (Dr. Nellie Deutsch), Pionia Destiny (Doris Molero) and (Dr. Nan Zingrone), the organizers of the month-long Second Life MOOC will present the layout and organization of the MOOC. SL MOOC is scheduled to take place from March 31st 2014 through April 30th 2014 on the social media teaching platform called WizIQ in Second Life and on a Moodle platform called Moodle for Teachers. The participants will be awarded a certificate of completion for the MOOC in the Moodle course area.
Christina N. Giannikas is a Research Fellow at the Cyprus University of Technology since March 2013. She is a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Education and Learning and a committee member of IATEFL YLTSIG.
She completed her BA in English Literature and Linguistics at the University of Hertfordshire. She then continued her postgraduate studies at London Metropolitan University where she acquired an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) with merit (dissertation with distinction). She then completed a training course for language teachers at the International House of London and received a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). At London Metropolitan University she completed her PhD studies in Applied Linguistics, specifically in Early Language Learning within a Greek Regional Context. Recently, she completed a course and received a certificate in Online Teacher Training at the International House (OTTI).
She has taught General and Academic English to adults at the Cambridge School of English and at LSI Hampstead in London. At the ICS primary school, where students from all over the world attended, Christina N. Giannikas taught all subjects in English and was responsible for learners aged 8-10. She was a seminar tutor and guest lecturer for the Applied Linguistics Department at London Metropolitan University and an assistant researcher for the ELLiE project (Early Language Learning in Europe) which was funded by the European Union and the British Council. Christina N. Giannikas was also an academic examiner for Longman & Pearson. In Greece, she worked at a private language school where she was responsible for the teaching staff and the pre-junior classes. She taught English to primary, secondary and University students of all language levels.
Her research interests include communicative language teaching, the use of the mother tongue in language teaching, the study of diglossia from a sociolinguistic perspective, educational policies, early language learning and the use of new technologies in language teaching.