An Electronic Magazine by Omar
Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Dear SHARERS ,
Yupiiiiiiiii ! We are starting our holidays. And how much we longed for
them in these last few days of the most dreadful, awful, icy-cold, trecherous (
and what have you ) weather. We had temperatures below zero ... and I do
not mean just the chill factor : the temperatures were really below zero.
But here we are ready to start a two-week recess ( some colleagues in other
provinces might be half-way their holidays and probably starting to sigh at
thought of going back to the grind in a week´s time).
In the meantime and to warm the cockles and hearts and innards of us
all, here goes a poem that a dear friend from the West of Greater B.A. has
Cecilia Ramirez de Ricci, cr@infovía.com.ar
. Cecilia is
co-author of "Tales for the Beholder" but this poem is not hers. A friend sent
it to her and she wanted to SHARE it with us . Put it on and give it to others :
much better than hot soup or hot chocolate for these super cold days ! I can
"No moving parts, no batteries.
No monthly payments and no
Inflation proof, nontaxable,
In fact, it's quite relaxable;
can't be stolen, won't pollute,
One size fits all, do not dilute.
But yields results enormously.
Relieves your tension and
Invigorate your happiness;
Combats depression, makes you
And elevates your self esteem!
Your circulation it corrects
is, I think, the perfect drug:
May I prescribe, my friend, ... the
(and, of course, fully returnable) ! "
In SHARE 30
1.- More News on Licenciatura in Lomas de
2.- I´ve learned.
3.- Teacher and Author.
4.- A Trial of Strength ?
5.- Courses at Interaction Language
6.- Classroom Management in Difficult Circumstances.
7.- The Game of the 20 Differences.
8.- A CD-Rom on Advanced English for Finance
9.- The Power of Love
10- International Congress in
11- News from Stephen
13- A List for Cinema Lovers.
14- A Nostalgic Argentinian in sunny
15- Internet Search Service
16- Chicken Soup for the
(1) MORE NEWS ON LICENCIATURA IN
LOMAS DE ZAMORA
A dear friend from Universidad Nacional
del Litoral, Martín Izaguirre, email@example.com writes
to us with more information about the Ciclo de Licenciatura en Inglés to be
offered at Instituto Superior Pbro Dr Antonio Saenz in Lomas de Zamora.
Ciclo de Licenciatura en Inglés
Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa
In 1998, the Universidad Nacional del Litoral
decided to start the Programa de Carreras a Término
in response to the
increasing demand of non-university tertiary graduates to upgrade their degrees,
demand which had been brought about by the requirements of the Law of Higher
Education. Within this framework, the UNL launched the so-called Ciclos de
, an innovative proposal, clearly differentiated from other
The programme of the Ciclo de Licenciatura en
was duly submitted to the University Policy unit at the Ministry of
Culture and Education in 1998, and obtained final approval through Resolution No
The course of studies is organised into three four-month modules and
a dissertation (Tesina) on the basis of 11 seminars, to be done in about 18
months hence the three terms, with fortnightly meetings. Well-known,
prestigious Argentinian lecturers make up the teaching staff. The objectives of
the course are twofold: to allow Teachers and Translators of English to upgrade
their non-university tertiary degrees to university graduate status, and to
contribute to the development of human resources in the field of research in
The success of the first edition has gone well beyond
the initial expectations. In the taught modality, there are two groups of 90
students who are on their way to obtaining their ‘licenciatura’ degrees. And it
is expanding. There are another 120 students who have enrolled in the distance
learning scheme, with “satellite classrooms” 70 in number for the time
being IT resources combined with printed
And now, through an agreement signed with
“Prebítero Sáenz” College of Education, UNL is offering its “Ciclo de
Licenciatura en Inglés” taught modality in Lomas de Zamora. Teachers
and Translators from the Province of Buenos Aires have the opportunity of
getting their Licenciatura
degrees without having to travel to Santa Fe
every other fortnight!
If you are interested, please
Dr. Martín Ignacio Izaguirre
Phone:(0342) 4575105 ext. 121 &
Universidad Nacional del Litoral
Facultad de Formación Docente en Ciencias
Ciudad Universitaria Paraje El Pozo
1er Piso Extensión
3000 Santa Fe
OR Prof, Anne Jordan,
Phone (011) 4292-8941/4244-8827
Pbro. Sáenz 740
(1832) Lomas de Zamora, Pcia. de Bs. As.
A great friend and true SHARER from Catamarca, Joseé Luís García,
sends us this poem. It is always a pleasure to receive postings from José Luís,
many of them humorous, as we know his true spirit is, many others stories and
poems about the basic facts of life, like this one . Always
the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
when you're in love, it shows.
just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day.
having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful
being kind is more important than being right.
you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help
no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs
to act goofy with.
sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights
I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
money doesn't buy class.
it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated
the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that
continue to hurt you.
love, not time, heals all wounds.
the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself
smarter than I am.
everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
there's nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling
breath on your cheeks.
no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
life is tough, but I'm tougher.
opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow
to eat them.
a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little
that you're hooked for life.
everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness
growth occurs while you're climbing it.
it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is
and when it is a life-threatening situation.
the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
Dear Omar and Marina,
What I really like about your SHARES is your sincerity and
simplicity, I mean, I feel that I am actually SHARING
something with somebody who reads everything, takes care, and becomes involved
in all the things different people comment on.
Thank you for making us feel so close to you as if we knew each
other for many years ...
This dear SHARER from Santa Fé , María Celina
Cullen firstname.lastname@example.org sent us her warm greetings and this original
contribution which she
presented at the unforgettable Santa Fé Congress this year for reading and
The Teacher as an
A New Role in Foreign Language
Teachers’ personal development involves a close look on present
social demands and the educational context. This deep analysis leads them to
assume other important roles, not just the one of passing knowledge down to the
students. One of these roles is that of teacher-author which enables them to
generate new methodologies and resource materials that match the context where
teachers develop their activities and the students’ needs. In order to reach
this goal, it is important to look into different learning situations.
Learning English as a foreign language may be for some students
an enjoyable task, but for others who find it hard to acquire the basic rules of
the language, it may become a troublesome one. Thus, it is the teachers’ job to
prepare different activities for these students to help them reach a successful
It is widely known that teaching highly- motivated students who
find it easy to learn English is not a difficult job to do. But what about those
students who have to work hard to understand and acquire the new language? Can
they reach the same goals as their peers? Certainly they can, but after a slow
and careful job on their part and a close and inside look on the part of the
As far as the teachers’ task is concerned , we can say that
there are two factors to keep in mind. First, we need their attitude to be
positive and encouraging, i.e. teachers should be aware of the students’
necessities and be ready to help. Second, we require a set of clear and easy
activities to be done by the students. These activities created by the teachers,
would lead them to assume the role as authors of their own exercises and
Considering the exercises themselves, we need to point out that
if our main objective is to make things comprehensible for the students at the
moment of facing a new activity, some characteristics are required. Firstly,
they should be easy enough, as far as vocabulary is concerned. Secondly, their
procedures need to be straightforward and clear. Thirdly, drill-type exercises
serve this purpose as well, since they are limited and focused to key
structures. Last but not least, they should be graded in order of difficulty so
as to suit different levels of learning.
We have said that successful teachers are those who are able to
help students learn a foreign language despite their learning differences,
specifically, those students who find it hard to cope with English. These
students require special attention on the part of the teachers, so we conclude
that with the teachers’ good will and their new role as authors this goal can be
achieved with a good result.
Thank you, Maria Celina ! The debate is open to everyone
now . Let us hear your reactions !
(4) A TRIAL OF STRENGTH ?
Our dear SHARER Alice Galdeano email@example.com sends us
this most heavenly report :
Jesus and Satan were having an
ongoing argument about who was better on his
They had been going
at it for days, and God was tired of hearing all of the
God said, "Cool it. I am going to set up a test that will run two
hours and I
will judge who does the better job."
So down Satan and Jesus sat at the
keyboards and typed away.
They wrote reports.
They sent faxes.
They sent out e-mail with attachments.
did some genealogy reports.
They made cards.
They did every known
But ten minutes before their time was up,
lightning suddenly flashed across
the sky, thunder rolled, the rain poured
and, of course, the electricity
Satan stared at his blank screen
and screamed every curse word known in the
The electricity finally flickered back on, and each of them restarted
Satan started searching frantically, screaming "It's
gone! It's all gone!
I lost everything when the power went
Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the
past two hours.
Satan observed this and became irate. "Wait! He
cheated, how did he do it?"
God shrugged and said, "Jesus saves."
(5) COURSES AT INTERACTION LANGUAGE STUDIO
Our Dear friend and SHARER Virginia López Grisolía announces a number of
highly interesting courses at her prestigious Interaction Language Studio
Program for Teachers and Translators - August
The Language of Capital Markets I : Stocks & Bonds
: Institutions in the Argentine Securities Market. Comparison with the USA
market. Different types of stocks: classification. The initial public offering.
The role of the underwriter. Different types of underwriting agreements: "on an
all-or-none basis"/ "on a firm-commitment basis"/ "on a best-effort basis".
Fixing the issue. The prospectus. The tombstone. The issuance of bonds. Who
issues Bonds. Interest rates. Bearer bonds vs. registered bonds. Classification
of Bonds depending on maturity: bills, notes, bonds. Different types of Bonds:
senior vs. subordinated. Callable vs. non-callable bonds. Secured or
asset-backed bonds vs. debentures. Floating vs. fixed-rate bonds. Zero-coupon
bonds. The Federal Reserve Bank. Credit rating agencies. Junk bonds.
Duration : 12 hours / 6
Days & Time :
Start Date :
August 16 (finishing
Virginia Lopez Grisolía
I / II Teacher at J.V González -- Has been lecturing on Business English for the
last 11 years: The Language of Capital Markets and General Business at Colegio
de Traductores de Buenos Aires, Forex Club, Instituto Argentino de Mercado de
Capitales. Holds a certificate in Academic Management from International House,
majoring in Grammar II JV Gonzalez - Lecturer in Business English at Interaction
Language Studio and courses for teachers and translators for the last 7
years. Ex-teacher at Universidad
Católica de Salta and current teacher at Universidad del Salvador. Grammar II
teacher at Liceo Cultural Británico.
Venue : Interaction Language Studio Avda. L. N. Alem 424
Fess: $ 100 (if paid before August 11) $105
(after August 11)
Teaching Business English using the Task-Based Approach
main tenets of the Task-Based Approach. How can the TBA be applied to the
Business English class? How can we make our Business English classes more
motivating and relevant to our students? Learn to plan and prepare
authentic materials using this approach to teach Business English !
Duration : 10
hours /5 two-hour meetings
Days & Time :
Tuesdays August 1 thru 29 from 10.30-12.30
: Prof. Silvina Ioli
Director of Studies at Interaction Language Studio.
II Assistant Teacher at ISP J.V.González. Holds certificates in: Teacher
Training from International House, Hastings, UK; Academic Management from
International House, Hastings, UK; Academic Management from Embassy Teacher
Training, UK; Group Dynamics from
Embassy Teacher Training, UK.
Interaction Language Studio Avda L.N. Alem 424
$85 (if paid before July 28) $90 (after July 28)
The Skills of Observing and giving feedback
Teacher training Workshop for Directors of Studies, Co-ordinators and
Prospective Methods Teachers
Most language schools nowadays pay lip service to the
notion of quality control. But quality control is certainly incomplete without
objective assessment of teachers'
teaching through observation of lessons.
these sessions, you will
learn about the purposes, instruments and principles of
have access to observation criteria and checklists,
create your own observation checklists,
practice undertaking different types of observation,
learn about the aims and principles of feedback,
practice giving feedback,
get feedback on your observation and feedback skills
6 hours, 2
Days & time: Saturdays, August 12
& 19 from 9.30 to 12.30
Interaction Language Studio Avda L.N. Alem 424
$60 (if paid before Aug 8) $65 (if paid
after Aug 8) Facilitator
: Prof. Silvina Ioli
is in progress as from June 19. -Office
hours: 8 a.m.-7.30 p.m.
further information, call us at 311-7220/312-1950 or mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
(6) CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT IN DIFFICULT
Karina Giralt ,firstname.lastname@example.org
, a young SHARER,
sent us this piece of reflection that she wrote about Discipline in the
Classroom. Karina traing to be a Teacher of English and is a graduate in
Psychology (B.A). She works as a Teacher of English at Districts 8 and 19 in the
City of Buenos Aires. This is what she has got to say :
Dear Omar and Marina,
I'm very grateful about all the material you have been sending me. I'd
like to SHARE some points of view with you and all the SHARERS. I
think that methodology is very important to motivate children and
behaviour, I also think that discipline rules are
necessary. In my humble opinion , nowadays discipline rules aren't
the same at all schools and they
depend a lot on headmasters instead of
depending on clear rules for all schools. Probably some`people regard
the term "Discipline" as something negative,and perhaps there is,
nowadays an empty place for discipline and although most teachers
complain about lack of rules and discipline nobody talks about
it because whenever there 's a case of disruptive behaviour headmasters
who have a poor institutional view tend to put the blame on teachers
methodology , while the real problem is lack of limits .
For me pedagogy is one important view on school
problems but it seems to me that in no way it should be
the only one, because that's reduccionism, and I think that
this is what many headmasters do, they just repeat always the same
speech"if one student fails to pass his exams or misbehave , then it's
the teacher's fault. As a consequence of this prevailing
ideology among principals teachers tend not to give students
the mark they really deserve and we also tend not to take children to
the headmaster's room or call their parents because many
parents have changed their attitude towards children are they are not
longer their children parents but their friends. They do not
scold them , and in a way they do not educate them.
These cases are
increasing each day more and more and teachers are victims of bad
behaviour and lack of respect from some parents and some authorities
who do not want to have problems with parents so
they prefer to put all the blame on teachers. I think that by
doing this they fail to see some psychological and sociological aspects of
the situation. First of all a child who isn emotionally well can not
be motivated if first his emotional needs are not
Secondly, children need limits and our society tends
to treat them as adults and doesn't provide the limits they
need. We,teachers are setting limits all the time, but what happens when a
child fail to accept them and teachers aren't supported by parents
or authorities? I think that we can do nothing at such a point
and that if that happens we are victims
of perversion,because wherever there are two contradictory messages
and there are no rules,there is perversion . Another characteristic of
perversion is the enjoyment . I think that misbehaviour produces
enjoyment, "joy", being many times authorities the ones who
support perversion in order to please the contradictions of the
Well, I hope have not bored you with the subject but it's a
couple of years I´ve thinking about this and talking with my
colleagues too, but there is a kind of pact of silence and
nobody there talks about it. I've read a bit about
perverted families and i think the same is happening at school
I've also read about institutional analysis but it really surprises me
the lack of knowdledge that authorities have about the subject.I think
there aren't many psychoanalists who have written about education
but I think that education has a lot to take from psychoanalisis and
Well , I hope SHARERS answer me back and tell me
what their opinions are about this burning issue.
In connected news : next Wednesday 19th of July from 17:00 to 20:00
Omar Villarreal will offer a Workshop on Solutions for
Discipline in the Classroom . in Lomas de Zamora . More
information : 4244-2798 / 4243-1972
(7) THE GAME OF THE
A founding SHARER and beloved friend Elida Messina email@example.com points out
twenty differences between you and your boss ( or you thought they did not exist
Differences Between You and Your
When you take a long time, you're slow.
When your boss takes a long time, he's thorough.
When you don't do
it, you're lazy.
When your boss doesn't do it, he's too busy.
When you make a mistake, you're an idiot.
When your boss makes a
mistake, he's only human.
When doing something without being told,
When your boss does the same
thing, that's initiative.
When you take a stand, you're being
When your boss does it, he's being firm.
you overlooked a rule of etiquette, you're being rude.
When your boss
skips a few rules, he's being original.
When you please your boss,
you're apple polishing.
When your boss pleases his boss, he's being
When you're out of the office, you're wandering
When your boss is out of the office, he's on business.
When you're on a day off sick, you're always sick.
When your boss
is a day off sick, he must be very ill.
When you apply for leave, you
must be going for an interview.
When your boss applies for leave, it's
because he's overworked.
(8) A CD -ROM ON ADVANCED ENGLISH FOR
A dear SHARER from England wrote this message to us. We thought our dear
SHARERS might be interested. We will be eagerly waiting for more details :
Dear Omar Villareal and Marina Kirac,
I am writing to enquire whether a new learning environment, "Advanced
English for Finance and Business," would be of interest to readers of your
electronic magazine "Share" ?
AEFB is a CDRom multimedia
program, with automated links to the Web for guidance and updates in text
and sound. We are just about to begin distribution in partnership with
University of Leeds Innovations Ltd.
We are particularly interested in establishing contact with professionals
in the field who might wish to cooperate with us in setting up intensive courses
for both learners and trainers in this specialized field.
We feel that Argentina would be a good place to begin for South America
more generally and would welcome an exchange of views with those already
involved in this area, both in terms of setting up intensive courses and
distributing the finished program.
is a systematic exploration of the
conceptual and linguistic framework of finance and business. It integrates
video, text, sound, exercises, automated marking facility and specialized
international glossaries. It can be visited at www.aeo.co.uk
, where there is a "walkthrough"
If you feel it is appropriate, I could let you have a brief outline for
"Share" with a view to involving your readers in future developments along the
lines I have indicated.
Thank you for your interest and your time.
Director - Advanced English OnLine Ltd
(9) THE POWER OF LOVE
A dear SHARER and active contributor to our publication Diana
Englebert Moody <firstname.lastname@example.org
> sends us this
inspiring story :
A True Miracle
It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. We had not seen rain in
almost a month. The crops were dying. Cows had stopped giving milk. The
creeks and streams were long gone back into the earth. It was a dry season
that would bankrupt seven farmers before it was through.
Every day, my
husband and his brothers would go about the arduous process of trying to
get water to the fields. Lately this process had involved taking a truck
to the local water rendering plant and filling it up with water. But
severe rationing had cut everyone off. If we didn`t see some rain
soon we would lose everything.
It was on this day that I learned the
true lesson of sharing and witnessed the only miracle I have seen with my
I was in the kitchen making lunch for my husband and his
brothers when I saw my six-year old son, Billy, walking toward the
woods. He wasn`t walking with the usual carefree abandon of a youth
but with a serious purpose. I could only see his back. He was
obviously walking with a great effort...trying to be as still as
Minutes after he disappeared into the woods, he came running
out again, toward the house. I went back to making sandwiches;
thinking that whatever task he had been doing was completed. Moments
later, however, he was once again walking in that slow purposeful
stride toward the woods. This activity went on for an hour: walk
carefully to the woods, run back to the house.
Finally I couldn`t
take it any longer and I crept out of the house and followed him on his
journey (being very careful not to be seen ...as he was obviously doing
important work and didn`t need his Mommy checking up on him).
was cupping both hands in front of him as he walked; being very careful not
to spill the water he held in them...maybe two or three tablespoons were
held in his tiny hands. I sneaked close as he went into the woods.
Branches and thorns slapped his little face but he did not try to avoid
them. He had a much higher purpose. As I leaned in to spy on him, I saw the
most amazing site. Several
large deer loomed in front of him.
Billy walked right up to them. I almost screamed for him to get away. A
huge buck with elaborate antlers was dangerously close. But the buck did
not threaten him... he didn`t even move as Billy knelt down. And I saw a
tiny fawn laying on the ground, obviously suffering from dehydration and
heat exhaustion, lift its head with great effort to lap up the
water cupped in my beautiful boy`s hand.
When the water was gone,
Billy jumped up to run back to the house and I hid behind a tree. I
followed him back to the house; to a spigot that we had shut off the water
to. Billy opened it all the way up and a small trickle began to creep out.
He knelt there, letting the drip drip slowly fill up his makeshift `cup`,
as the sun beat down on his little back. And it came clear to me.
trouble he had gotten into for playing with the hose the
week before. The lecture he had received about the importance of
not wasting water. The reason he didn`t ask me to help him. It
took almost twenty minutes for the drops to fill his hands. When
he stood up and began the trek back, I was there in front of him. His
little eyes just filled with tears. "I`m not wasting", was all he said. As
he began his walk, I joined him... with a small pot of water from the
kitchen. I let him tend to the fawn. I stayed away. It was his job. I
stood on the edge of the woods watching the most beautiful heart I have
ever known working so hard to save another life.
As the tears
that rolled down my face began to hit the ground, they were suddenly joined
by other drops...and more drops...and more. I looked up at the sky. It was
as if God, himself, was weeping with pride. Some will probably say
that this was all just a huge coincidence. That miracles don`t really
exist. That it was bound to rain sometime. And I can`t argue with
that...I`m not going to try. All I can say is that the rain that
came that day saved our farm, and that I could see the true face
of Love in the little sunburned body of my son .
(10) INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS IN B.A.
Why not ending the Winter Holidays in style ? If you cannot afford
Chapelco or Las Leñas or Iguazú or the sunny beaches of the Caribbean you can
always afford a first rate Congress in rainy Buenos Aires. Our suggestion ?
II Congreso Internacional de
Educación: Debates y utopías
26, 27 y
28 de julio - Buenos Aires
Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Educación, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras,
Puán 480, 4° P of. 440, 4432-0606, Fax: (011) 4432-0121
(11) NEWS FROM
A very dear and
respected SHARER , Stephen Krashen, famous the world over for his Theory of
Language Acquisition : The Natural Approach , has sent us this message :
"I have posted a few articles on the internet.
You can find them at http://www.languagebooks.com/2.0/articles/default.html
or at http://www.languagebooks.com
and click on "articles"
More to come.
Articles by Stephen Krashen
One Page a Year Commencement Speech delivered at California State
Bakersfield, June 9, 2000
2. The National Reading Panel Report on Phonics:
Consistent with and
Supportive of the Comprehension Hypothesis (We Learn to
3.There was no decline in California, whole
language has a theoretical base
and solid research support, developing
literacy is natural, and the role of
phonics instruction: A response to K.
Anderson's Review, "The Reading
4. The Lexile Framework:
Unnecessary and Potentially Harmful (2000)
5. Does Phonemic Awareness Develop
Without Special Training? (2000)
6. Do Teenagers Like to Read? A Comment on
Literacy Campaigns (2000)
7. The National Reading Panel: Errors and
8. Errors Remain, New Errors Added, Omissions Not Justified:
Comments on the National Reading Panel's Report (2000)
PA Can Read OK (2000)
1. Proposition 227's Success in California Never Happened:
2. Is One Year /180 Days
3. Does Transition Really Happen?(2000)
4. No evidence that
English immersion worked: A response to Michael Barone
(letter to the editor
of US News) (2000)
5. Misunderstandings about bilingual education: The
nature of the problem,
what we can do about it, and a reason to be optimistic
6. Another Response to Keith Baker(1999)
7. Bilingual Education:
Arguments For and (Bogus) Arguments Against (1999)
Language Acquisition and
TPR: Still a
Very Good Idea(1998)
A Conjecture on Accent in a Second Language (1997)
For Marina and me it is a great honour to
receive the latest news from
somebody we admire and a great pleasure to be
able to SHARE them with all of you.
(12) BERHIEH´S CORNER
Our very dear friend, the most loyal Bernieh (
a.k.a. Bernardo Banega or was it the other way about ?) has posted two very
interesting topics for all of you :
Hello, dear SHARERS !
you know? The prehistoric armadillo they found near our beloved
wasn't, in fact, a prehistoric relic. Further investigations revealed that it
was not even an "armadillo"... allegedly, it was just a would-be English teacher
that is re-attending Phonetics One since Man got out of the caves! So, watch
carefully your plosives and aspirations from now on, and don't forget those
pesky phrasal verbs, either!
Now, on the serious side, please read and
think about this "Linguistic
Creed" I copied from http://www.sil.org/sil/linguistic_creed.htm
Elson, September, 1987.
We believe that language is one of God's most
important gifts to man, and
of all human characteristics, language is the
most distinctly human and the
most basic. Without language, culture and
civilization would be impossible.
We also believe that any language is
capable of being a vehicle for
complicated human interaction and complex
thought, and can be the basis for
a complex culture and civilization.
Therefore, all languages deserve respect and careful study.
As the most
uniquely human characteristic a person has, a person's language
with his self-image. Interest in and appreciation of a
person's language is
tantamount to interest in and appreciation of the
languages are worthy of preservation in written form by means of
dictionaries, and written texts. This should be done as part of
of the human race.
Every language group deserves to see its language in
print and to have some
literature written in it.
Minority language groups
within a larger nation deserve the opportunity of
learning to speak, read,
and write the national language.
----------------------------(13) A LIST FOR CINEMA
always at least one in your classroom. That child may be living
mansion or on a streetcorner, but regardless of the circumstances they
you in their life. Sometimes it's the child that needs just a little
attention; other times, it's the child that doesn't even have food
shelter. Either way, that child has found it here, with you, in your
safe room. A bond forms and each day has it's special
moments. Then one
afternoon, that child heads out the door and out of
your arms for the last
This is the begining of "Saying Gooodbye
to Little Children", a very
readable article by Becki Snow that you can find
explains how to cope the emotional burden both teachers and children
subjected to at the end of the year in Early Chilhood classrooms. I
last sentence she wrote :
"It is never easy to let someone you love walk out
of your life, but it is
a natural part of life. It's also a part of
teaching; if you find that you
have come to a place where you love your
students enough to miss them, then
you have become a real
If you are a cinema lover and you want to
prasctise your English and acquire more specific tecgnical vocabulary
related tio the Seventh Art you can subscribe the List "The Reel Thing" <email@example.com>.
If you do, you can get daily postings like the following :
The cinematic scene, 1915:
What's a vampire? In the case of
the signature roles played by actress Theda Bara, that would be a
femme fatale who, instead of sucking their blood, emptied her male
victims of their virility and respectability.
Her first film - or the first
one in which she could be actually recognized - was made when she was
barely 30, and called "A Fool There Was." Her character was known
simply as "The Vampire." Her famous closing
line - spoken to a man
whose life she'd effectively stolen - was, "Kiss me, my
Interestingly, she was hesitant to accept a role so daring and
devoid of virtue. Still, she'd gone to all the trouble to dye her
naturally blonde hair a deep black and change both her name and her
personal history. So siren, vixen,
gold digger it was - and from
Carmen to Cleopatra, she seemed made for the sexual vampire role.
and by the way, "Theda Bera" may be an anagram for "Arab Death" - but
"Theda" was a shortening of her real first name, Theodosia, and "Bara" was
taken from a couple of the syllables of her grandparents' name. And
as for her own birth, the stories of her being born in the Sahara to a
French artiste and his Egyptian concubine - or an Arabian princess - were
pretty different from her actual upbringing in Cincinnati as the daughter
of a tailor.
You can visit the The Reel Thing archives at http://www.bignetwork.com/dp/rt
NOSTALGIC ARGENTINIAN IN SUNNY BRAZIL
Dear Omar and Mariana,
imagine how busy you must be organizing so many courses... and I will miss them
all !! So I hope you SHARE some comments or useful tips taken from each
It feels so good to read every word you include in this magazine.
It makes me
feel much closer to my country and to my people.
Good luck with your July
programme and happy winter holidays!
Maria Alejandra Estrella
Thank you Maria
Alejandra for your encouraging words . Ale´s message had an
attachment . Let´s open it ! Voilá ! Twas a joke !
" A New York businessman
boarded a train in Albany on his way to Buffalo. As it was a night train, he
took a sleeper car and gave the porter strict instructions to waken him and put
him off in Buffalo.
"I'm a very heavy sleeper," the passenger said, "and I
may give you a hard time. But whatever you do, make sure to put me off in
Buffalo... even if you have to put me off in my pajamas."
The next morning,
the man woke up to find himself in Cleveland. He located the porter and chewed
him out with some very abusive language. After the man left, a bystander asked
the porter how he could stand there and take that verbal abuse.
nothin'," the porter replied. "You should've heard the guy I put off in
(15) INTERNET SEARCH SERVICE OFFERED
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to the ELT community of our country. If you wish to have more details about this
service, please e-mail them to the electronic addresses above. In the meantime,
let us enjoy this report on a reading experience that they have sent us :
and Second-Language Reading
Comprehension of Literary Texts
L. Fecteau - Brown University, Department of French Studies
This study compared the English
and French reading comprehension and
inferencing skills of U.S. college
students enrolled in an introductory
French literature course. Participants
each read two different texts--one in
English and the other in French--by
the same 18th-century author, recalled
them in writing, and did a
multiple-choice task on selected literary
features, followed by a character
analysis task. In the first phase of data
analysis, quantitative measures
were used to examine the amount of text
accurately recalled in first
language (LI) versus second language (L2), the
relationship between recall
and inferencing scores, and the relative
contribution of L2 proficiency
scores and LI scores to L2 scores. Responses
to the multiple-choice task
were also examined across languages; those
findings are also reported. The
results revealed more accurate recall of LI
than L2 texts, but LI scores
were found to he a significant predictor of L2
recall and of L2
multiple-choice scores. No significant relationships were
recall and multiple-choice scores, or between L2 proficiency
and L2 recall
scores. Analyses revealed that LI scores contributed more to L2 performance than
did L2 proficiency.
Multiple-choice responses were more similar than
different across languages.
It is therefore important for researchers and
instructors to consider and
assess the LI reading skills and knowledge
sources of students enrolled in
foreign language literature
The Modern Language Journal, 83, iv,
(16) CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE TEENAGER
Last week, we published a song
by the Guns´n Roses about parenhood. This week we and our children start
our holidays. Don´t you think it would be a great oppportunity to read this
together or to translate it and SHARE it with your teenage child. Our dear
Sharer Andrea Davis email@example.com
has given us golden excuse to
get closer to our teenage children and whisper into their souls :
No matter what
I remember a time when each day was
When the world was a playground and
my life a song,
And I fluttered through years with
barely a care,
Ignoring the future and what waited.
School was intriguing and filled with
I played away daytimes and dreamed
My parents assured me I had nothing
And that no matter what happened,
they´d always be there.
Little I knew of a world outside
Where tragedy, sorrow and murder
All I saw were blue skies, rainbows
I looked past destruction of
buildings and cars.
But as I grow up, darkness starts to
My bright world has turned into
concrete and tin
I now see the violence I looked past
My idols start to die and my heart
hits the floor
Deadly diseases claim people I
there are landfills below me,
I often think back to when life was a
But no matter what happens, it can´t
be the same.
There are days when I just want to
break down and howl
to give up completely to throw in the
But I hold my head high and I push my
I have too much to give and so much
And I make a vow that,
though it´ll be hard,
I´ll go on with a smile and play
I´ll give all I can, help others and
No matter what happens, life will
and the strength I don´t have will
come from above.
So come, take my hand, and through
darkness we will sail-
If we all join together, we never can
We´ll remember to care , remember to
And no matter what happens, our world
we will heal.
Alison Mary Forbes
Another SHARE is coming to its end. Holidays are starting. We do
not know what plans you may have in store for these holidays : a trip ? cinema ?
theatre ? a museum ? Whatever you are thinking of, Marina and me wanted to tell
you what we seriously intend to do :
Have a nice hot cup of coffee with a friend in a
quiet place and talk at large. If it is somebody we have not seen for a long
time so much the better.
Telephone a friend or a
colleague we see every other day and say how much we enjoy working
Sleep late (very late) at least twice in these
Spend all evenings we can afford the
four of us together at home in our pajamas and slippers and without telephones
or a care in the world.
Wash Ernie (if it is a tiny little bit sunny, that
Go to bed real late twice or three times in the
holidays after watching these horrible late night movies
Cook some pizza and organize a surprise party for
some friends , a few not a crowd. Talk a lot and dance like crazy.
Visit grannies and Marina´s father and have lunch
with them at leat once in the holidays.
Talk a lot with our two sons.
Pray together in the family to thank God for
everything He gives us and for all you our dear friends and SHARERS and for all
those who may be suffereing out there in the very real, very tough world.
HAPPY WINTER HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES AND
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