A dear SHARER from Lagomar,Uruguay : Elena María García writes to us :
" Dear Omar and Marina,
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire.
He told his employer contractor of his plans to leave the house-building
business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended
family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the frontier key to the carpenter.
"This is your house" he said, "my gift to you." What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.
So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.
Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Who could say it more clearly?
Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.
Both worshops are ADMISSION FREE and will be coordinated by :
Marguerite Ann Snow, Professor of Education in the TESOL M.A. Program at California State University, Los Angeles. She has been selected an Outstanding Professor for 1998-1999. She was given the award by the University's president, James Rosser, at ceremonies on September 24. Ms.Snow joined the California State University as an Assistant Professor in 1988.
Our dear friend, active SHARER and Internet guru ,
email@example.com has become a such a regular contributor to our publication that we have decided to give him a "corner" to SHARE his expertise with all of us. He will be, in Richard Marx´s words, "right here waiting" for your queries about the Internet, to advise on useful sites and to troubleshoot for you in matters concerning educational tecchnology.
Today he replies to Agustina Tornquist´s request for help to find interesting sites for her primary school teachers. Says Bernieh :
1.- There are 5 houses of 5 different colours
2.- In each house there is a person from a different country
3.- 5 owners, each drink a different sort of drink; different kind of cigarette and has different pets.
The question is : Who has a fish ?
ESP IS ARTESOL Newsletter
Purposes of the Newsletter
Call for Submissions
The ESP Interest Section of ARgentina TESOL invites you to send your contribution for the up-coming issue of ESP IS AR Newsletter. Your submissions can be in the form of articles, columns, and research notes .
Writer's Guidelines for ESP IS ARTESOL Newsletter
Articles should be 800-1200 words in length.Articles should be of interest to all ESP teachers. Articles should have a practical focus, be concise, accurate, and timely. Please submit your articles together with a 30-word biodata to the editors . Deadline for submissions is June 16th 2000
"BEWEnglish/Hypermedia 2000 would like to invite you to our
EL NEGOCIO DEL INGLES, which will be held at Juncal 2530. Buenos Aires. The first module will take place on June 17th from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm, and the second module will be given on July 1st from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm.
The lecturers are Betty Wolff and Marcelo Rodeiro plus a
collection of distinguished guests. All material will be provided, snacks are
included, and certificates of attendance will be issued.
We will discuss ENGLISH AS A BUSINESS. We will present all that
teachers and institute and schools owners need to know to turn their centers
into expanding and profitable units. Some of the topics that will be analyzed
are competition analysis, price strategies, guerrilla marketing, contacts and
networks, taxing and financing, relational data bases, on-line reporting,
strategic alliances, advertising, franchising and additional services, image
care, recession survival tips, etc.
If you happen to be interested, visit our site at
Or send us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 54 11 4 825 0303
Fax: 54 11 4 821 3572. "
This is the seventh time Betty and her team have the challenge to repeat this action provocative seminar. We wish them all the very best !
(8) SOME WWW NEWS
The Seminar will be opened with an Academic Presentation by Maria Silvia Stagnaro, MA on testing and assessment. Afterwards, various Examination Boards will make presentations and distribute printed material about the International Exams they offer. A seminar pack with relevant material from all Examination boards will be distributed among all participants.
Enrolment : E-mail: email@example.com , Fax: 4811-8743 or 4815-4976
In person: M. T. de Alvear 1369 Tuesdays or Thursdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or contact the APIBA Local Delegate at your Institution.
Fees : APIBA Members / teacher trainees: free of charge All others: $25
Our dear friend and SHARER, Paul Lagiard Jones in a message to us quotes Indira Gandhi as saying : "My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there. "
We know what side to place APIBA on. They should also be given credit for and support in their many initiatives.
(10) LET´S GO TO BRAZIL !!
friend and brand new SHARER, Adriana Kaufman firstname.lastname@example.org
is organizing a special trip of a group of Argentinian teachers to the BRAZ TESOL CONVENTION to be held in Sao Paulo during our winter holidays ( when it is so sunny and pleasant there ! ) from 17th to 20th of July 2000. Adriana writes :
" This is a special offer for all the Argentinean teachers that wish to attend
the Braz Tesol Convention, Share their knowledge and experience with teachers
from Brazil and participate in workshops and seminars held by the most
important personalities from the ELT field !!
The organisers expect 2000 participants ! You can be one of them. The package we have prepared for you includes :
A young and dear SHARER from the Southern Greater Buenos Aires, José Luís Laturu, sends us this contribution which he says he picked up from Lawrence Paros´s A WORD WITH YOU. A site we have often recommended before in SHARE. José Luís quotes :
"In the States, people opt for "the whole shooting match". In England, it is "the full Monty". First formally recorded in 1986 as a part of the jargon of a long running British soap opera, the term caught on in the early 1990s, achieving international recognition in 1997 from the film of the same name featuring male stripers who gave their all. Theories abound as to its source. Some think it a corruption of “the full amount”. Others favor Monte, the card game played in Spain as well as the American street corner version, noted for fleecing customers of everything, as well as the gambler’s jargon for the kitty or pot. Looking to brake the blank, where better than Monte Carlo?
Other possibilities are an old TV commercial for "Del Monte" fruit juice in which one of the characters insisted on “The full Del Monte”. There is also Field Marshall Montgomery (Monty) on a parade with all his medals or his penchant for a hearty breakfast. What suits us, however is Montague Burton, noted British tailors who featured a full three piece suit replete with waist coat."
(12) SHARE FAIR AT UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE MAR DEL PLATA
The Departamento de Lenguas Modernas de la Universidad
Nacional de Mar del Plata announce their "Share fair of
teaching techniques" that will be held from September 8th
through 10th 2000.
This Share Fair is aimed at language teachers who work with children, adolescents, and adults in general English courses. It will be an excellent opportunity for experienced and inexperienced teachers to share and/or hear about activities, techniques and methods that have been successfully used in the ELT classroom.
All presentations will be highly
practical focusing on activities and/or materials that the
presenters have developed and tried.
Discussion of theoretical principles underlying the activities will be kept to a minimum. Most of the time available will be devoted to showing rather than telling. At the end of each presentation 5 minutes will be allotted for questions and comments from the audience
Proposals for presentations can be
sent to the Organizing Committee until 10 July, 2000 to to
the following address where you can also get additional information about the
Chair of the Organizing Committee ,Dr. Susana B.
Share Fair of Teaching Techniques
Decanato de la Facultad de Humanidades
Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata
Dean Funes 3350
7600 Mar del Plata
Phone/Fax: (0223) 475-2277 Phone: (0223) 479-8320 or 3500
(13) THE UNBEARABLE LISTS
We continue with a tradition we started in SHARE 23 : to publish Lists of DO´s and DON´T´s to organize your otherwise messy life . This time, it is a contribution from a dear SHARER from Mendoza Luís Khan, email@example.com . Luís publishes his own list on an array of topics, basically issues of human interest. If you wish to join "El Viejo Luís" as he calls himself, just drop him a line at his e-mail address. This is Luis´s contribution to SHARE :
9. If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them
to spell their name. Then ask them to spell the company name. Then
ask them where it is located. Continue asking them personal questions or
questions about their
company for as long as necessary.
8. Cry out in surprise, "Judy! Is that you? Oh my God!
Judy, how have you been?" Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief
moments of pause as she tries to figure out where the h--l she could
know you from.
7. If MCI calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family
and Friends Plan, reply, in as SINISTER a voice as you can,
"I don't have any friends ... would you be my
6. If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for
bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.
5. Tell the telemarketer you are on "home incarceration" and ask
if they could bring you a case of beer and some
4. After the telemarketer gives their spiel, ask him/her
to marry you. When they get all flustered, tell them that you could not
just give your credit card number to a complete
3. Tell the telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask them
if they will give you their HOME phone number so you can call them back. When
the telemarketer explains that they cannot give out their home number, you
"Ok, and since I didn't give you MY home number, we'll be EVEN when you take me off YOUR list."
2. Insist that the caller is really your buddy Leon, playing
a joke. "Come on Leon, cut it out! Seriously, Leon,
how's your momma?"
And first and foremost:
1. Tell them to talk VERY SLOWLY, because you want to write EVERY WORD down.
"It was a very great pleasure to meet you last week in Santa Fe at the 1st
Regional Congress on Professional Development for Teachers of English - and
what an excellent event it was - brilliantly well-organised with a superb
buzz in the air !
This was my first visit to Argentina for 19 years. It was a wonderful
opportunity to meet old friends - who were kind enough to recognise the
older, greyer, fatter me - to make new friends, and to meet some of our
subscribers and contributors.
Something I hadn't forgotten - but it was good to be reminded nonetheless -
was just how serious, committed and professional teachers of English in
Argentina are. And this is why I am particularly pleased to have been given
the opportunity by you to make a special offer to all SHARERS.
As you know, we have a fair number of subscribers our magazine ENGLISH TEACHING professional in Argentina but I still don't think we've done enough to 'spread the word'. Can I suggest the following:
- A saving of 10% on the UK annual subscription rate. This is usually GBP 20.
For SHARERS the rate will be GBP 18. - Closing date for the offer 30 June 2000.
- This is a personal offer from me and SHARERS who wish to take it up should
email me personally at < NicRidley@aol.com > For reasons of administration it would be helpful if SHARERS could write "Sharers offer" in the subject line.
- Payment will need to be made by international credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express - not Diners). All we need is the full name and address of the subscriber, the credit card number and the expiry date
- And in the spirit of sharing, if anyone would like two copies of their first issue so that they can share one with a colleague, please let me know when you subscribe and I will arrange it
- Anyone who cannot pay by international credit card can subscribe through Advice Book-Shop in Santa Fe. firstname.lastname@example.org ( contact Susana or Claudio Beruti)
Thank you again for your interest in ETp. Let's keep in touch - and I hope to
see you at FAAPI in September.
With best wishes
Publisher ETp "
I had referred before to this superb publication in a previous issue of SHARE and told SHARES Nicolas had a surprise in store for us.... but there is more, as from our next issue, we will be publishing a number of brief extracts from Nicolas´s personal selection of ETp articles. They will be most welcome !
A very dear SHARER Jamie Duncan, a Teacher Educator with International House and a Lecturer in Language III at Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional launched his resource book for the teacher of English "PASSIONFRUIT" last Friday 2nd June at International House, Belgrano, Arcos 1830. Heartfelt Congratulations !
Jamie has promised to contribute a small extract from his book to one of forthcoming issues of SHARE. We will be be eagerly waiting for it. Jamie can be contacted at email@example.com
Wow ! Only two weeks to go for one of the major events in the ELT world of Argentina : the Primeras Jornadas Internacionales para Profesores de Inglés del Noroeste Argentino.
Some of the most celebrated names in ELT in the Cono Sur will be in San Miguel de Tucumán from 16th to 18th of June : Ana Maria Armendariz. Daniel Resznik, Daniel Fernandez, Lucrecia DÁndrea de Mirande, Ricardo Sampedro, Rosa de Otrera, Susana Soler de Bertini, Sara López, Cristina Carlosiano, María Elisa Cordiviola from Argentina, Jamie Duncan from New Zealand, Miriam Rabinovich from Chile, Gabriel Diaz Maggioli and Fernando Fleurquin from Uruguay and Joice de Brito e Cunha from Brazil.
A most promising event with the highest academic standards and the warm hospitality of Tucuman ! An event you cannot miss. Oh, I was forgetting to say I will be lecturing there too.
Additional information ? Contact Stella Caramutti firstname.lastname@example.org and Alicia Nasca email@example.com from the Instituto Superior "Lola Mora" , the organizing institution, – Muñecas 219 - San Miguel de Tucumán - e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel/ Fax (0381) 4305316 from 19:30 to 23:00 hours
I warned you when we started that we had such an enormous ammount of material to SHARE this week ( and how much has been postponed for future issues !!). We have to say goodbye now .Once asgain we would like to use the words of a dear SHARER for that. This time : Maria Silvia Ortega from Resistencia, Chaco, a small but very dear SHARER.
"Hi Omar !!!! I really enjoyed seeing you in the seminar in Santa Fé. I hope you recovered after those three exhausting days. As I told in Santa Fé , I have a nice piece of writing which I 'd you to have to contribute to your wonderful SHARE MAGAZINE. It is called Don't ever by Laine Pearson