An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will
not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being SHARED.
This week´s prologue is just to say: Hi ! We are happy to be SHARING this publication with you again. We have so many things to tell you this week that we will let the news speak for themselves. Piles of contributions from our dear SHARERS have been left unpublished but we thought it was better to keep you up to date about current events of professional development this time.
(1) CHILDREN´S DAY
Tomorrow we will have another opportunity to celebrate Children´s Day again . What can be say about childrento parents who devote and woud gladly give their lives for their own children ? What can we say about children to teachers who devote their lives to other people´s children and love them, and look after them and try to teach them well and feel those "chicos" are their own ?
As a tribute to Children´s Day we would like to invite all our SHARERS to pray for our children and all the children in the world ( each one of you will know that that means to you or in what way you want to do it) and we would like to share with you this poem by Ina Hughs :
(2) A PERFECT HEART
A very dear and active SHARER, Cristina Araujo writes to us :
“Dear Omar and Marina,
On Friend´s Day a loved one sent me this text which I´d like to share with you and all the SHARERS. I hope you like it. Besides it may be used as a text to think over and have some piece of conversation with our students.
Most Beautiful Heart
One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley.
A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect.
There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was
the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.
Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said "Why
your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine." The crowd and the young man looked at the old man's heart. It was beating strongly, but full of
scars, it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn't fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing.
The people stared - how can he say his heart is more beautiful, they
The young man looked at the old man's heart and saw its state and
laughed. "You must be joking," he said. "Compare your heart with mine,
mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears."
"Yes," said the old man, "Yours is perfect looking but I would never trade
with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love - I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often
they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my
heart, but because the pieces aren't exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared.
Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person
hasn't returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges - giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?"
The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He
walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands.
The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece
from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man's
heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.
young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than
ever, since love from the old man's heart flowed into his.
They embraced and walked away side by side.”
Thank you Cristina for your wonderful contribution . It takes a beautiful heart like yours to know the true value of SHARING. Let´s keep in touch !
(3) CONTINUE THE YEAR WITH INSPIRATION !
Our dear friend and SHARER, Susan Hillyard writes to us to announce a coming CELL (Centre for Lifelong Learning) event at Itesl in Olivos :
Educational Drama for Adults
by Susan Hillyard ( B.Ed Hons in Ed. Drama. UK )
*An introductory 18 hour course, for adults, to explore the field of Educational Drama. The difference between Theatre and Drama will be made clear and the process of thinking with the whole person will be emphasised. Games, role-play and self expression in an interactive setting will form the basis of the course.If you have always felt you needed to express yourself in more creative ways come along on Saturday afternoons to work together in a safe and friendly atmosphere and indulge yourself in personal development. For those of you who are teachers you will find lots of adaptable material for your classes whatever their age or level.
Saturday 26th August, 2000 14.00- 17.00 and every fortnight until Saturday 4th November 2000.
Fees : $20 per session or $90 for the whole course, (six sessions).
(4) HOW TO BE A BORING TEACHER
Our dear friend and SHARER, Nicolas Ridley, editor of ETp , English Teaching professional, is back with us :
My apologies. I intended to SHARE bits and pieces from ENGLISH TEACHING professional on a much less sporadic basis than this ! But I've been traveling - a few days in Jerusalem at the ETAI conference followed by a visit to St Catherine's Monastery in Sinai (with my daughter, Catherine) - and the follow up and backlog has overwhelmed me. However ...
regular contributor to ENGLISH TEACHING professional is Luke Prodromou. He has
written some excellent articles for us and I think I'm right in saying we have
something else from him coming very soon. In July 1999 he wrote an article
to be a boring teacher".
The sub headings give you an idea of the main points he
- Let students do nothing
- Teach the book
- Be right all the time
- Assume students know nothing
- Sit still
- Be predictable
- Speak in a monotone
- Make sure your students are idle
- Lose your students
- Keep talking
As an article it's great fun but it makes some very serious points. At the
end of the article Luke writes:
"If you follow the few words of advice given in this short course on BTM you can guarantee the Optimum Level of Boredom (OLB) in your classroom. You are guaranteed to turn your students against you and against the school and against learning of every kind."
When I read these words I thought back to my own inglorious teaching career and thought "Oh dear - I wonder how I rated on the OLB scale?". Can anyone who hasn't read the article guess what BTM is by the way.
With best wishes from a sunny London (rain on its way I'm sure)
Thank you for SHARING Nicolas ! Haven´t you subscribed to ETp, yet ?
e-mail Nic for further details : NicRidley@aol,com
(5) SEMINAR IN LOMAS DE ZAMORA
Our dear friends and SHARERS from Asociación Argentina de Cultura Inglesa and APIBA are organizing the following Workshop ;
Teenage Learners: meeting the challenge
This workshop to be led by Silvia Ronchetti, M.Sc. is aimed at analysing the way adolescents cope with learning and change and at looking at their strategies to discover their inhibitions and their potential to learn a foreign language. It will also seek to find answers to questions such as: "How can we engage them in the learning process? What makes them stick? and How can we help them become autonomous learners?" among others.
Ms.Silvia Ronchetti holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Linguistics (University of Edinburgh). She was Phonetics and Diction lecturer at AACI, INSPT UTN and IES "J. R. Fernández". She is currently Language I, Discourse Analysis and Methodology and Teacher Training lecturer at IES "J. R. Fernández". She was a Guest participant in a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Henry Widdowson in the Third Pedagogic Symposium (Oxford, UK). She is Co-director of Clover Institute.
Date & Time: Thursday 31st August, 2000 from 18.30 to 20.00
Venue: AACI, Meeks 444, Lomas de Zamora
Registration: Please call 4244-2280 or 4243-3927, from 12.30 to 15.30 (Mo
Fees: APIBA members and students : free . All others : $10
(6) CHILDREN WILL BE CHILDREN
children were sitting outside a clinic. One of them was crying very
loudly. A second child came up to him and said :
Child: Why are you crying?
1st Child: I came here for a blood test.
2nd Child: So? Are you afraid?
1st Child: No. Not that. For the blood test, they cut my finger.
this, the second one started crying. The first one was astonished.
Child: Why are you crying now?
2nd Child: I have come for my urine test
(7) THE SUBURBAN PLAYERS RE-PRESENT “NUNSENSE”
Dear old SHARER, Albert Canil writes to us to
announce that the Suburban Players musical “Nunsense” will be playing in town at
the British Arts Centre, Suipacha 1333 on August 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 9 pm
Said The Herald in its Theatre-goers Choice: "Nunsense is one of the Suburban Players´s best productions ever. For everything in it excels" "Wacky, hilarious situations" "The music is catchy, swingey and tuneful"
"...had us all in stitches!"
Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes with a ten
Director : Laura Riera.
Info and reservations: 4747-4470 and
On performance days, only 4393-6941
Tickets Cost $ 10.- Groups: every ten, one
You cannot miss this opportunity to laugh non-stop for almost two hours !!
(8) ARGENTINE TEACHER IN CAMBRIDGE
(9) TWENTY-ONE REASONS
A dear SHARER from Misiones , Celina Romero Lanz, sends us one of these
terrible lists to motivate people to learn English. There are many of these but we thought this included some new items (surely there are many more to include ! ) Thank you Celina for your contribution !
Why The English Language Is Hard To Learn:
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was
time to present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
(10) PITMAN EVENT ANNOUNCED
A dear SHARER ,Silvina H. de Requejo, Local Examinations Secretary for
Pitman Qualifications and City and Guilds writes to us to inform the ELT community that as from August 25th through August 31th Pitman Qualifications and City and Guilds visitors to Argentina. Mr. Keith Baker, Market Development and Support Manager-International and Mr. Vincent Smidowicz, leading Consultant, will be visiting prestigious schools in B.A., organizing workshops in the provinces, updating assessors and invigilators and lecturing on the feasibility of the application of Pitman Qualifications and City and Guilds examinations and programmes.
Their visit will end with an important event scheduled for:
August 26 at 9am up to 12.30pm at Colegio Mater Admirabilis - 24 de Noviembre 827 Cap.Fed.
Admission is free but registration is essential. Please ring Tel/fax 4901-0967/ 3381 or E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the mid-morning coffee-break, you can browse about different stands of bookstores, trips abroad, schools and much more!
(11) A PLAY ON WORDS
dear SHARER Bethina Viale sends us this story with this jocular warning “If you
don't like puns, trash it !” We do and we didn´t . Instead we are SHARING it
with all of you :
A guy goes into a bar. He's sitting on the stool, enjoying his drink when he hears, "You look great!" He looks around - there's nobody near him. He hears the voice again, "No really, you look terrific."
The guy looks around again. Nobody. He hears, "Is that a new shirt or something? Because you are absolutely glowing!" He then realizes that
the voice is coming from a dish of nuts on the bar.
"Hey," the guy calls to the bartender, "What's with the nuts?"
"Oh," the bartender answers, "They're complimentary."
(12) DUNN AND STAPLEY HIT THE ROAD
Our dear friend and enthusiastic SHARER , Pierre Stapley announces that he and Denis Dunn, Teacher Training Consultants, are making their final preparations for the month of September and are now taking bookings for October and November. Here is their schedule as it stands:
Saturday 16th September - La Plata
21st September - Yerba Buena, Tucuman
Venue: Colegio San Juan El Precursor, Ituzaingó 650, Yerba Buena, Tucumán . Fee : $ 20
Registration: Tomo I - Tel: 425-1920 or e-mail: email@example.com
Saturday (Date to be confirmed) September - San Francisco, Cordoba
Exact times, location and registration details will be posted shortly on Dunn and Stapley´s website: www.dunnandstapley.20m.com.
Dunn and Stapley now have the possibility of subsidised travel to certain destinations within Argentina and Uruguay. This means they will be more readily available for those people who want to organize an event with them and who may find it hard to pay all expenses. Just send them an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit their website.
(13) EDUCATION FOR A CHANGE : TTC IN CORDOBA
Our dear friend and SHARER, social values specialist, Ricardo Sampedro email@example.com writes to us with details of his First Teaching Training Course on Social Values. Read on for details :
“This TTC has been designed for teachers of English language and consists of three short modules. In each session we will share different teaching techniques to include work with Social Values in your classroom while at the same time addressing issues such as the importance of songs and cultural diversity to raise awareness and tackle intolerance, discrimination and social illiteracy, and the role played by the media in promoting a consumerist way of life.
Teachers attending the three workshops will get their certificate of attendance for the Teacher Training Course (8 hours) while those attending only individual talks will receive the corresponding workshop attendance certificates.
Friday 18 August, 17:30 to 19:30, Music and Songs for Social Values
Saturday 19 August, 9:30 to 13:00, Cultural Diversity
Saturday 9 September, 9:30 to 13:00, We Can't Eat Money! Consumerism and the Media
Speaker: Ricardo Sampedro, former Oxford University Press educational consultant, trainer and ELT manager.Trainer in charge of Education for a Change
Venue: Blackpool, Av Rafael Nuñez 4555, Córdoba
Registration: Blackpool (0351) 4237172 fax (0351) 4814472
Fees: any one workshop $10.-, both August workshops $15.-, three workshops (TTC) $25.-
(14) INTRODUCING “CELEX”
Our friends and SHARERS from Profesores Asociados Egresados del Instituto Superior del Profesorado en Lenguas Vivas "Juan Ramón Fernández" wrote to us to announce their Distance Training Programme for Teachers of English :
C.E.L.E.X. - Curso de Capacitación para la Excelencia en las Lenguas Extranjeras
Es un programa integral de educación a distancia que privilegia la actividad autónoma de los docentes en ejercicio. C.E.L.E.X. es para todos: las instituciones y los docentes que se encuentran en una etapa exploratoria de su desarrollo profesional y que buscan perfeccionarse, actualizarse y capacitarse en recursos y técnicas de última generación
C.E.L.E.X. consta de módulos ensamblados pero a la vez independientes entre sí. Los módulos cubren aspectos tales como presentación y explotación de material, enseñanza de vocabulario, enseñanza de composición en niveles intermedios y avanzados, comprensión de textos escritos, gramática contrastiva, diseño de material, etc.
Los módulos contienen el desarrollo teórico de los conceptos y ejercicios para ponerlos en práctica. Muchos de ellos están acompañados por un video de clases demostrativas. Los interesados pueden plantear sus dudas por e-mail o fax, o solicitar horas de contacto con un tutor.
Todos los interesados pueden rendir una prueba abierta no presencial. El costo de cada Módulo Individual es de $ 150 y la evaluación es de $ 20.
For Further information and enollment, pleae contact : Sede Académica: Av. Gral. Las Heras 1940, C.P. (1127) - Tel. (5411) 4803-8721 Fax: (5411) 4806-8230 - E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the PAELV´s Web Site: http://www.paelv.edu.ar
(15) MAKING ENDS MEET
A very dear friend Lawrie Olmedo (a.k.a. The blonde kangaroo) formerly with the CCPA in Asunción, Paraguay and noe back home in Australia sends us this most appropriate piece of information . Now will know what happens to us in Argentina at the end of every month ! His source was Paros´s A Word With You, a most helpful list for the teacher of English
“The science of economics begins in the home from oikos, “house”+ nomos, ”managing.” Household management is never easy. It is either feast or famine(1732), periods of plenty offset by periods of want. ”spend less and be more frugal. “Pulling in your belt is the natural outcome of having lost weight due to not having enough to eat. You are going to have to learn how to make both ends meet(latter half of 17th), “live within your means and stay in the black financially.” The longer version was originally “ to make the two ends of the year meet, ”i.e., “to live within your means from January to December.”
You don’t need much to keep body and soul together(mid 18thc.), to survive economically and make enough to stay alive, there being a separation of body and soul at time of death. So just keep the wolf from the door. He’s been a devouring force since the mid15th century. The best of some of us can do, however, is simply eke out an existence from the Anglo Saxon ecan “to augment or “increase”. It also made for an eke-name , then an neke-name and finally a nickname. So just call me “Stingy” “
(16) ICANA ANNUAL SEMINAR
Our dear SHARERS, Vivian Morghem and Mabel Gallo, Head and Academic Consultant of ICANA respectively, sends us details about their traditional
The Theme this year will be Language and Content and the keynote Speaker will be Dr. Lydia Stack, past TESOL President and current Supervisor of
Language Academy in San Francisco, California.
Dr. Stack is co-author of the series “Voices in Literature”, “Making Connections”, and “WordWays”.
The Seminar will take place from 31st August to 2nd September at ICANA,, Maipú 686 in the City of Buenos Aires. Please e-mail email@example.com
or fax 4394-2979 for further information.
(17) ELT SOFWARE FOR BUSINESS
Our dear friend ans SHARER from Leeds, UK, Geoff Waywell writes to us :
Leeds collaboration sees successful launch of specialized English language software for finance and business
The shortfall of dedicated English language courses for finance has been addressed by the launch of an innovative software package, Advanced English for Finance & Business (AEFB) .
The software is a product of AEO Ltd and is now being marketed in partnership with University of Leeds Innovations...
Advanced English for Finance & Business (AEFB) is tailor-made for international executives and students in Higher Education. It covers:
Delivered on CDRom, the software takes the user through to the highest level of fluency in this specialized field, immersing the user in the language, principles and culture of finance and business.
AEFB has been carefully designed as a total learning environment. Its approach ensures learning experience is enhanced by integrating the sub-skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking throughout. It provides a conceptual and linguistic framework with empirical underpinnings - context for each topic is provided through a video storyline which introduces and develops business principles and language from chapter to chapter.
Written and oral exercises continuously reinforce the user's understanding, and record and playback facilities allow the user to model pronunciation by hearing their own voice reproducing the speech of native English speakers. A pop-up technical glossary, with English definitions and foreign translations, allows the user to understand and digest material at their own pace.
Moreover, automatic hotlinks to dedicated world wide web sites provide continuous updating of content, recommended further reading material and access to additional relevant text and audio clips, such as links to BBC world service programmes. The programme can be used autonomously as stand-alone material or integrated into existing courses.
The course offers 40+ hours of learning material and is compatible with Windows 95/98 and NT.
For further information, contact:
(18) ADVANCED LANGUAGE CONFERENCE IN SALTA NEXT WEEK !
José Achho, Public Relations Officer for The Asociación Salteña de Profesores de Inglés and SBS organizers of the First Advanced Language Conference to be held in Salta as from next Friday 18th through 21st August, sends us last minute information about this very important event :
Enrolment : S.B.S. Lerma 45 Tel/fax: (0387) 431- 8868 or at A.S.P.I. Av. Del Golf 573. Tel. (0387) 439- 4469- Fax: 439- 3177. Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information from Oriel Villagarcía email@example.com
(19) DR. HECTOR ORTIZ LIRA IN B.A.
Admission is free but prior registration is required.
(20) LAST WEEK TO ENROL AT UNL LICENCIATURA IN LOMAS
Our dear friend and SHARER, Ann Jordan from Instituto Superior del Profesorado Pbro Dr Antonio Saenz, announces that enrolment for the Licenciatura en Inglés de la Universidad Nacional del Litoral to offered in Lomas de Zamora will be closing on August 16th,
This CCC (Ciclo de Complementación Curricular) is open to all graduate teachers and translators of English and has been fully accredited by the National Ministry of Education ( Resolución Ministerial No 330/99). Among the outstanding lecturers that will be in charge of the different seminars are : Professor Ana Maria Armendariz, Teorías Lingüísticas Contemporáneas I , Daniel Fernández M.A., Teorías Lingüísticas Contemporáneas II, Maria Teresa Viñas Urquiza M.A., Lengua Materna y Lengua Extranjera, Dr.Mario Lopez Barrios, Seminario de Lengua Extranjera, Sue Hirschman-Spath M.A., Desarrollo Profesional and Magister Mónica Suárez, Didáctica Específica.
further information and enrolment , please contact:
Anne Jordan, ISP “Pbro. Sáenz”
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone (011) 4292-8941/4244-8827
Post: Pbro. Sáenz 740 -(1832) Lomas de Zamora, Pcia. de Bs. As.
OR Prof. Ana Armendáriz, e-mail: email@example.com
Or Dr. Martín Ignacio Izaguirre - Technical
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