" Dear Omar,
Attached is a story I found on the web which I would like to share with you and the readers. It is translated from Portuguese. It was originally sent to the on-line magazine 'Golfinho' (www.golfinho.com.br) by Clovis Vieira.
Keep up the excellent work !
Open up, Discover yourself, Love yourself
"Once upon a time there was a little princess (prince) who lived inside a rose. The rose was in a country where it never rained. Inside the rose, she/he heard the noises of life going on in the world. She/he would become frightened by what she/he heard, imagining a whole load of terrible things! There were the voices of children, of people passing nearby, of machines at work and of animals.
One night when sleeping she/he had a most beautiful dream in which friends and lovely animals and other elements of nature came to talk to her/him and tell her/him very important secrets to do with her happiness. In the dream, she/he listened carefully to everything that was said and even without understanding it all, she/he knew that among these things there were some beautiful pieces of information that would change her life for the better.
The following morning, when she/he woke up, she/he noticed that a light shower had fallen during the night and that the rose was beginning to open. Suddenly scared she/he did not even want to think about seeing what might be out there. However, the opposite happened: everyone was so impressed by the open rose that they came over to greet it. Children stopped playing, people rubbed their eyes, surprised, the sound of the machines ceased and the animals moved closer. Realising that she/he was so loved, the princess/prince was also much impressed and began to meet and talk with the people.
That night, when the rose closed up so that she/he could sleep, all the outside sounds were by now well-known and no longer caused any panic. From that day on, the dreams of the princess/prince brought deep revelations which were very important for her/his happiness. And each time the rose opened, life outside was ready to receive the smile of the princess/prince and her/his confidence in life and in the future.
Thank you, Jamie for this excellent contribution.Just a reminder for all SHARERS : Jamie and Laura Szmuch are already running theirPractitioner's Certificate course in NLP for teachers on Saturdays in Versailles, Capital Federal.Only a few places left, so hurry up , dear SHARERS ! : contact Laura Szmuch at (011) 4641-9068 or Jamie Duncan at (011) 4431-7582 or on email@example.com
Quality and quantity have both been present. The choice of what to attend was difficult but nonetheless interesting - over 800 presentations packed in 4 days plus Pre-convention Institutes and Educational Visits. Every field in the teaching profession is considered and has its place: EFL, ESL, ESP, Materials Design, CALL, Video. Difficult to summarise a thick 300-page programme book!
Professional as well as personal growth are mere words to round up this short overview. Next time, I'll be sharing something about the presence of Argentina in Canada.
Hope some others who attended can also share their own views."
Maria Laura, Head of Escuela de Lenguas Modernas in Olavaría, has been very active lately. For the last two years she has been working on Games for EFL teachers, together with Monica Aparicio, a colleague from Tandil. They have designed lots of ready-to-use meaningful games, and have had the opportunity of presenting their workshop at TESOL 2000.
Says Maria Laura : "Hope I have more time to share from now on" . For our part we will be eagerly waiting for her next contribution about Vancouver.
ESSARP Centre will be running the course in two distinct modes :
(a) The face-to-face mode available to teachers in Capital Federal and Gran Buenos Aires.
(b) A guided reading course at a distance, available to teachers too far away from the Centre to take part in the face-to-face mode.
The course structure is the following :
Year 1 - March to December:Child Development
Curriculum Theory & Practice
Year 2 - March to July:Successful Classrooms
Small-scale Research Project.
The course is open to all teachers, co-ordinators, Heads, etc., from Kindergarten to University, regardless of age.
The course will begin in March of each year, This year classes started on Tuesday 28th March at 06:00 pm for the Tues/Thurs Group and on Friday 31st March 09:00 am for the Friday Group. But there are still a few vacancies left.
More in formation fromThe ESSARP Centre, Esmeralda 672, 7th Floor , C1007ABF Buenos Aires, Argentina Tel: (0054 11) 4322 2480 - FAX: (0054 11) 4322 9203 e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
No doubt this Certificate Course will have the same high academic standards of the already famous ACP/ACT Courses offered at ESSARP. Our very best wishes of success to Terry and all the ESSARP staff.
A dear founding SHARER Adriana Echeverría, a Lecturer at Instituto Superior de Formación Docente de Bragado, <email@example.com> sends us this heart-warmer :
"I´d like to thank you for all the SHARES you have sent me. I "SHARE" them with my pupils at the "Prof" and also with other teachers. They are great! I hope the first school year of the new millennium is full of peace and happiness for everybody" .
R E M I N D E R S
Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.
When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.
The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.
It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.
Don't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile. May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trails to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to bring you joy.
Always put yourself in another's shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can't get on well in life until you let go of past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
Be blessed and comfort someone else with these words. May God Bless you and those you love, and keep you safe,
(9) JACK RICHARDS IN BUENOS AIRES
Cambridge University Press announce their Annual Academic Seminar with Dr Jack Richards, one of the leading figures in the field of Applied Linguistics today. Dr Richards lecture on METHODS IN THE NEW MILLENIUM will be followed by a question and answer session
Dr Jack Richars, the celebrated co-author of "Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching" , will focus his talk on the broader approaches that have survived from the 1970 - 1990 era of methods and approaches, the newer approaches ( Competency-Based Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Task-Based Instruction, Content Based Instruction) that have appeared lately and will analyze the reasons for the rise and fall of methods and the factors that are likely to shape directions for language teaching in the new millenium.
Date: Saturday April 15th, from 9 am to 1.30 pm
Venue ; Salon de Actos, 2º piso, Facultad de Ciencias Economicas, UBA , Avda Córdoba 2122
Registration : 011 4322-5040 / 4328-7648 (CUP) or firstname.lastname@example.org (write JACK RICHARDS in ‘subject’)
A unique opportunity that should certainly not be missed !
(10) ROLES AND HOW WE PLAY THEM
A new SHARER from Montevideo writes to us :
I work at the Alianza Cultural Uruguay - EEUU and hanging on the bulleting board was SHARE .I devoured the l4 pages and l loved it ! Let me tell you also that I attended your lecture "Colours of the Wind" at the Alianza Conference on Quality in Education last year and I also loved it . Now, Let me share this with you and all the SHARERS :
APPLICATION TO DATE MY DAUGHTER
Note: This application will be incomplete and rejected unless accompanied by a complete financial statement, job history, lineage, and current medical report from your physician.
1. What is your name, age, social security number, IQ and boy scout rank?
2. Do you have one male and one female parent? ____ If "No", explain :
3. Do you own or have access to a van? ____
4. A truck with oversize tires? ____
5. waterbed? ____
6. Do you have an earring, nose ring, or belly button ring? ____
7. Do you have a tattoo? ____
*If you have answered YES to #3, #4 or #5, discontinue application and leave immediately.*
8. In fifty words or less, what does LATE mean to you?
9. In fifty words or less, what does DON'T TOUCH MY DAUGHTER mean to you?
10. In fifty words or less, what does ABSTINENCE mean to you?
11. Church/Temple you attend: ____________________________
12. How often do you attend: ____________________________
13. When would be the best time to interview your mother, father and priest/rabbi? ____________________________
14. Please fill in the blanks:
If I were shot, the last place on my body I would want wounded would be my ____________________________
If I were beaten, the last bone I would want broken would be my _________________________
A woman's place is in the ____________________________
The one thing I hope this application doesn't ask is ___________________________
When I meet a girl, the one thing I always notice about her first is ____________________________
*Note: If answer to last question begins with "T" or "A", discontinue and leave premises - keeping your head low and running in a serpentine fashion is advised*
What do you want to be IF you grow up?
I swear that all the above information is correct to the best of my knowledge under penalty of death, bodily harm, dismemberment, torture or mental abuse.
Signature of applicant _________________________________
Signature of father _____________________________________
Signature of mother ____________________________________
Signature of priest/rabbi ___________________________________
Signature of State Representative _________________________
Thank you for your interest, and it had better be genuine and non-sexual. Please allow 4-6 years for processing. You will be contacted in writing if approved. If denied, please never apply again. Don't call me, I'll call you.
A look back at Oscar's roots. It all started in the year 1927. For the 1927/28 and 1928/29 Awards, this category was known as 'Outstanding Picture,' for the 1929/30 through the 1940 Awards, it was known as 'Outstanding Production,' for the 1941, 1942 and 1943 Awards, it was known as 'Outstanding Motion Picture'; for the 1944 through 1961 Awards, it was known as 'Best Motion Picture'. For the 1927/28 through the 1950 Awards, the award went to the production company or studio that produced the winning film. For the 1951 Awards through the present the award goes to the producers credited on the film.
Academy Awards through history (this year it was the 72nd Awards !!)
By the way, what do you think of using this material for the practice of cardinal and ordinal numbers ( e.g. the 58th Academy Awards, in 1955 ), Simple Past Tense (Which film won...? Did "Rain Man" win ... ? When did "Chariots of Fire"... ? Which film was...? In what year was... ?) or Passive Voice (When was...? Which film was...? Was "The Goddfather, Part ii... ? "
(14) NEW TEACHERS´ CENTRE
Ms Susan Hillyard has opened , in partnership with Ms Alicia Ghiorzi, a new centre for Teacher Development : Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) at Sarmiento 1975, Olivos. (Telephone : (011) 4797-2775). Congratulations to Susan and Alicia and our best wishes for success !
As it has almost become customary we would like to end this issue of SHARE with the words of a dear SHARER. This time we chose this moving message from Ana Heredia Herrera, a Lecturer from Universidad de Tarapacá in Arica, Chile, email@example.com not only because of what it means to us but also because of how much it can help us all to reflect about what things are really important in our lives :
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK !Omar and Marina