An Ideas Page by Omar Villarreal and Marina
11 February 27th
Dear SHARERS ,
Hi ! This is the last week
of holidays and we did not want to leave you on
your own in these very sad
circumstances. I know most of us have been busy with make-ups of the make-ups of
the make-ups, teacher´s meetings, Department meetings, examining boards,
planning ahead for the year and what not...
But it was still the holidays.
Well, it is still the holidays for just one more week. So do not despair you
still have seven days to "live la vida loca" before the
real "crazyness" of a new academic year
(1) A MESSAGE FROM WET
friend from Essex has just joined our List, Martin Eayrs.
It is a real honour for Marina and me to have Martin
as a SHARER. We do not need to tell you that Martin was
"the" real forerunner of e-Lists in our
His famous ELT News & Views
was, to our ken, the first e- List ever for the teacher of English in Argentina
and is still going as strong as ever after a few months recess due to technical
You can subscribe Martin´s very
authoritative and informative List by simply
Martin has sent us this
contribution . We hope you enjoy it as much as we did :
a terrible language joke . . . for your list:
An ad appears in the press
for a bilingual secretary, must type and take shorthand, etc. Spot, the Wonder
Dog, temporarily at a loose end, sees the ad and trots along to the address
given, presenting himself with a hopeful 'woof'.
The boss looks up from
his newspaper, sees Spot, and sneers ironically "Huh, suppose you've come about
the job, eh ?"
"Woof", replies the hopeful canine.
"Can you type,
though ?" muses the man, rubbing his eyes doubtfully.
Spot bounds across
the room, leaps onto a swivel chair, threads a sheet of A4 through the carriage
of a battered Remington and hammers out 120 w.p.m. of memorised Shakespearian
verse with one paw while nonchalantly beating out a Highland tattoo with the
The boss is clearly impressed by Spot's abilities. "I don't
suppose you can do shorthand though ?" he enquires with wakening
Spot leaps off the swivel chair, stretches his paws up to the
man's desk, grabs a block and pencil, and sits expectantly with block under paw
and pencil in mouth, alert to the human's demands.
When the man is slow to
speak Spot begins to inscribe in best Pitman hieroglyphic notation the same
Shakespearian text he has just typed so flawlessly.
The boss is clearly
wondering what the limits of the obviously gifted Spot might be and how much it
would be likely to cost him in Dog biscuits. Suddenly he is stricken by a doubt.
"But I do need someone bilingual, you know".
Spot looks at him for a
moment, not without contempt, yawns, and then lets out a lazily fluent
Hope it brightens someone's day.
WEEK IN PARADISE
Last Sunday I wrote thank you
for an unforgettable week. I would have to say the same again about last
week. I continued my tour
for Macmillan Heinemann in
La Plata, Bahía Blanca and (rainy) Mar
del Plata (yes, a real shame ! ) .
I also visited the Municipio de La
launch our project with Colegio Modelo Santa Teresita in Santa
Teresita and San Bernardo. Marina and me will act as counsellors for both
schools through our St. Paul´s, our Institute.
We will be visiting Santa Teresita often
this year, which was very sunny and hot
this time ( though we stayed indoors
all day : Yes, what a shame !)
In Bahia Blanca I met Ana Armendariz, who
was there to present her book, and she told me that she will go on working in
the FL´s Unit at the National Ministry
of Education. Good news for all of us !
We had breakfast together and talked about the devastating effects of the lack
of continuity in the teaching of English
in schools. She promised to come to the
Profesorado Técnico de la UTN to deliver a lecture to my students of Didactics
for EGB and said she and the
Silvias (Silvia Rettaroli and Silvia
Luppi) were tired but happy about the
promotional tours for the book they
I also ended Saturday evening very
tired but VERY HAPPY to have had another week of direct contact with my
(3) ST LOIS : THERE WE GO
After an absence of two years I
will have the chance to meet my old and new
friends in San Luís Capital and
visit Villa Mercedes, San Luís for the first time in my life. I will be
delivering academic talks on TEACHING TEENAGERS and
commercial presentations of POLIMODAL
ENGLISH and the new RESOURCE
FILES on TOURISM and HOTEL AND CATERING
SERVICES ( 2 different
books in three levels both for TTP´s
of Polimodal and Terciary Education)
More information about these books
? Inspection copies ?
(4) STREET GUIDE OF BUENOS AIRES
you a foreigner yourself ? Do you want to help an English -speaking friend
visiting Buenos Aires ? Do you find it difficult to remember the names of the
Buenos Aires ? No more worries. Here´s the ultimate bilingual guide
to the streets of Buenos Aires. We received this posting from a friend (a very
dear friend at that) who prefers to remain shrouded by mystery... Guesses
as to her (oops !) identity are accepted.
Cangallo = Dog Rooster (or Dog
Cucha Cucha =
Doghouse Doghouse (or Dog House 2
Juan Domingo Peron =
John Sunday Big Pear
Conesa = With That One
Charcas = Puddles
Ascochinga = Disgusting
Santa Fe =
Plata = Money
The Vulgar Girl
Quintana = Fifth Italian
Juan B Justo
= John, Be Just!!
Catamarca = Marked Cat
Toscanini = Cough Of The Italian
Pavon = Big
Pinzon = Big
= Cousin Humbert
Mansilla = Chair Man
Angel Gallardo = Gentleman
Junta = First Joint
Zorrilla De San Martin = Saint Martin's Little
Vuelta De Obligado
= Forced To Go
Segui = Go
Obligado = Rafael Was
Mosconi = Big,
= Very Cheap!!
Calvo = Charlie Bald
ARGENTINIAN IN NEW YORK
Our friend Martha Bilba, Head of the Asociación Necochea de
Cultura Inglesa has just returned from a family holiday in freezing New York and
writes to us :
had the immense
pleasure of reading all your e-mails. Thank you so much for doing this for us !
Do you ever rest? When I get home now, I
rush to the computer to check if there is mail. We needed this ! How did you
guess ? We´ll
be in contact now. Thanks
THANK YOU, Martha for your kind words. Did you know that 2000
was the 50th
anniversary of the Cultura Necochense ? Wow ! We are already getting ready for
the celebration !!
(6) IRISH JOKE
Kaplan, a SHARER from Rosario, firstname.lastname@example.org
us of her new e-mail address and sent us these lines :
a lot for your SHARES and keep on with your great job!
I've got a joke for you that an Irishman sent me:
would an Argentinian fireman named José call his twin sons?
A and Hose B."
(7) TO ERRAR IS VERY HUMAN
In our last issue we
new electronic address . By
we added an unnecessary "dot AR" . So the
e-mail address of Asociación Santiagueña de
Intercambio Cultural Argentino
Norteamercano is : email@example.com. Remember I will be
in Santiago to teach a two-day course in May. Start getting those "empanadas"
ready (they are my favourite
(8) SAY IT NOW !
A dear SHARER, Mara Ibarra, firstname.lastname@example.org, has sent
us a impressive number of messages to share with you. We chose this
one, probably because it´s got the beauty of all things simple and
you have a tender message,
a loving word to say,
not wait until you forget it,
whisper it today!
tender words unspoken,
letter never sent,
wealth of love unspent...
these some hearts are breaking,
these some loved ones wait,
then give them what they need,
it is too late!
(9) PLAY IT AGAIN, BERNIEH
A computer wizard and very dear SHARER (in fact
one of our biggest fans !) writes to us :
You know? SHARE is becoming addictive! This very
week I found myself
peeking and peeking at my e-mailbox, just to see if a new
SHARE was coming
in!. Then, I received your SHARE 10. Thanks a lot for
keeping sharing it with us !
Bernardo Humberto Banega (h)
Grupo Buck de
Argentina | Universidad Tecnológica
mailto:email@example.com | mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Let´s enjoy one of his many contributions to
"Do you remember the famous scene from the film
"Casablanca" ( 1942), where a black pianist (Dooley Wilson, as Sam) plays and
sings some lines of "As time goes by"?
disturbed Rick (Humprey Bogart) hears Sam playing
and singing the song and
angrily strides over to the piano to chastise him
for playing a tune that
recalls Paris: "Sam, I thought I told you never to
play..." And then Rick is
startled and dumbfounded by the sight of Ilsa
(Ingrid Bergman)." (http://www.filmsite.org/casa.html)
This scene and the song, together with the never pronounced words "Play
again, Sam", have become widely known as a synonym of nostalgia,
and unspoken love. What not too many people know or remember is that
time goes by" is a song inspired by Einstein's theory of relativity
which had a profound impact on the society of his time. And
the very Mr.Einstein is mentioned in the lyrics.
AS TIME GOES BY
This day and age we're living
Gives cause for apprehension.
With speed and new invention
things like fourth dimension.
Yet we get a trifle weary
So we must get down to earth at times,
And no matter what the progress,
Or what may yet be
The simple facts of life are such,
They cannot be
You must remember this,
A kiss is still a kiss,
A sigh is
just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.
two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you,"
On that you can rely,
matter what the future brings
As time goes by.
Moonlight and love
Never out of date.
Hearts full of passion
Woman needs man,
And man must have his mate,
That no one can
It's still the same old story,
A fight for love and glory,
case of do or die.
The world will always welcome lovers,
As time goes
Bernardo goes on to say : " Now that we are at the threshold of a
new century, it is good to remember that the "fundamental things" still
apply. And that the world will always welcome people capable to love, as time
Did you know Bernardo has his own web site on
ELT ? We´ll give you all the details in SHARE 12.
(11) A MESSAGE FROM PEARSON
Pearson Education has sent us more
information about their workshops for Teachers of English to be held soon
Wednesday 1st March 18:00 / 20:00
Federal " Longman Activity Soup"
Saturday 4th March 10:00
Zárate "Tapping into EGB and
Thursday 9th. March 18:00 /20:00 hours
Neuquén "Longman Activity Soup"
You can enrol and request
further information ? at PEARSON EDUCATION
(12) Sharing NLP with two
Two dear SHARERS, Jamie Duncan and Laura
Szmuch, invite teachers to a free introductory workshop on NLP and a
presentation of their Practitioner´s Certificate Course in San Isidro on Friday
10th March at 14:30 hours.
For enrolment just ring 4431-7582 or
4641-9068 or 4793-6932.
We wish you all the best to these sweet
and highly competent teacher educators.