(2) ROCK ´N POP : AT HOME AND ABROAD
Omar´s feature presentation at Paratesol, an American colleague working in
Paraguay, Michael Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org
wrote to us :
spoke to you briefly following your excellent presentation at the
Conference. I can safely say it was the highlight of the
conference. We didn't want to leave, even when you started singing
only was your presentation supremely entertaining and informative, but
was so precisely because you modeled techniques that teachers such as
can easily use in the classroom.
plan on using these activities immediately both at the Universidad
and at the Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano.
have my thanks, and that of many teachers who I spoke with after the
´N POP IN CHACABUCO AND 9 DE JULIO
Saturday 9th September from 9:30 to 13:00 hours Omar will present his
successful seminar in the city of Chacabuco . Here are the details :
Venue : Brighton Bookshop - Primera Junta
73 - Chacabuco
Date & Time : Saturday 9th September
- 9:30 to 13:00
Registration : at Brighton Bookshop- cell
phone : 02352- 15502976 OR
Fee : $ 10
On Tuesday 19th September ROCK ´N POP
will be presented in 9 de Julio
at Instituto Superior de Formación
Docente Nro 4 .
Registration and Additional Information :
personally or by phone at ISFD Nro 4 TE:
02317-422222 from 18.30 a 22.00 hours or whole day by
the last winter holidays I was teaching my course ROCK ´N POP IN THE CLASSROOM
2000 at Bridge English in Ramos Mejía when the time came to present two
activities with two different forms of REBUS .This is decoding
messages in which some words have been replaced by a picture. Do you
remember the famous picture of a dog plus a rooster that we
read "Cangallo" ? Today we probably would need the picture of a big pear to read
the name of that same street downtown in Buenos Aires.
I always do, I clarified
that REBUS is not " un re-omnibus" when somebody in the audience asked
exactly what the word exactly meant. Luckily, a colleague
to my rescue and gave a very plausible explanation. That lady turned out to be
Chabela Rodriguez from Resistencia, Chaco who was spending her holidays in
Buenos Aires. Chabela is a lecturer in History of the
English Language at College in Resistencia and is a longtime SHARER.
She writes to us about WRITING SYSTEMS :
had promised to send you some information about the Rebus writing system and
here it is. Sorry for the delay but It took me some time to make a
vast majority of present-day systems are phonological; the non-phonological
systems are mainly found in the early history of writing.
in this system the graphemes provide a recognizable picture of entities as they
exist in the world. (e.g.The Mayas in Mexico used this system). Nowadays it is
used for road signs.
it is usually distinguished as a later development of the pictographic. the
idiograms have an abstract or conventional meaning, no longer displaying a cear
pictorial link with external reality.(e.g. it was used in India). Nowadays
modern signs that are ideographic are the ones in which you find a diagonal line
used to express prohibition.
it was used to express both nonphonological and phonological writing systems in
several languages(e.g.used by the Sumerians)
in Egypt, a from of pictography developed around 3000 BC. The units of the
writing system tend to be written from right to left. The scripts give the
general impression of being pictorical but in fact they contain three types of
symbol that together represent words:
Some symbols are used as idiograms representing entities and notions
REBUS SYSTEM: some symbols stand for one or more consonants (e.g. in English we
might use a picture of a a bee followed by the letter R to represent the word
BEER. Nowadays examples of Rebus writing are YYUR: Too wise you are. ICUR: I see
you are YY4ME: Too wise for me. H&: hand XQQ: excuse. You can also use pictures
instead of words and mix them with words and letters.
Determinative symbols are signs that have no phonetic value but are placed next
to other symbols to tell the reader what kind of meaning a word has. E.g. adding
the drawing of an "eye" to the concept of "Table" meant that the table was not a
piece of furniture but a chart.
the graphemes represent words. (e.g. the best known case is Chinese ) Nowadays
we use logograms in mathematics (+
- =) and logic.
the graphemes correspond to a spoken syllable, usually consonant-vowel pair.
(e.g. Cherokee and Japanese kana)
There is a direct correspondence between graphemes and phonemes. E.g. five
modern alphabets: Modern Roman (the one used by English and Spanish) Arabic,
Greek, Hebrew and Cyrillic (Russian).
RUNIC alphabet was used in very old times mainly in Scandinavia. The common
runic alphabet consisted of 24 letters. The earliest English alphabet was
devised by missionaries in Britain who used the Irish forms of the Latin
alphabet. But they run into difficulties for certain sounds and they borrowed
runic letters to represent them. During the Middle Ages the French discarded
these runic symbols and they replaced them by consonants combinations (e.g.
intention with this "long summary" was to clarify your douts about the origin of
REBUS (as you can see it was just a part of the Egyptian system) and the wrong idea you have that
runic symbols were part of a pictographic system.
send you, Marina and the kids all my love.
Isabel Rodriguez (Chabela)
you, Chabela. Now, Could you clarify if a "remis" es una re-señorita
NEWS FROM PEARSON : LONGMAN AUTHOR TOURS
dear friends and SHARERS from Pearson Education announce :
Tour in Argentina - August-November
Daniel Fernandez M.A.
del Documento de Diseño Curricular
de Santa Fe y Consultor de la Serie Longman For
Principle our Teaching !
does Teaching EGB 3 and Polimodal imply? How can we transfer the theory
underpinning the national proposals to our classrooms? Informed teaching not
only facilitates our work and gives sense to it but is the basis for creative
planning as well. Examples will be taken from Longman for Polimodal and New
Let's Go for EGB
26th August - 9:30hs to 11:30hs and 12:00hs
Piedra Libre (A.S.J.P.I.)
383 Sur - Tel:
Florida - Rivadavia
89 Oeste Tel.
de Gómez, Santa Fé
30th September - 9:30hs to 12:30hs and 14:00hs
Florentino Ameghino - Centenario
Colegio F. Ameghino -Tel:
Tuerto, Santa Fé
11th November - 9:30hs to 12:30hs and 14:00hs
Superior del Profesorado Nº 7 - Estrugamou
670 - Tel:
doubt, speaking is the most difficult of the four skills to develop with teenage
students. This workshop will look at practical ways in which we can get our
students to deal with some of the features of real communication.
14th September - 18:00hs
Claret - Paraguay
de Profesores de Inglés (APIBB)
681 Entrepiso -
(0291) 456-3166 E-mail:
Don Quijote - Fitz
(0291) 451-7737 - E-mail:
15th September - 18:00hs
de Congreso - Colón
Internacional del Libro -Lavalle
Simoncini Libros -San
Juan 1108 -
these events are free of charge.
CALLING ALL PHONETICIANS AND ELT PROFESSIONALS
great friend and SHARER, Roxana Basso, informs us that ON-SITE registration will
be accepted next Tuesday 22nd August at Professor
Doctor Héctor Ortiz-Lira´s lecture on Lexical and
Postlexical Accentuation to be held at Colegio Nacional
de Buenos Aires, Bolivar 263 from
9:00 to 12:30 hours.
organizers : Instituto
de Investigaciones en Humanidades "Dr Gerardo Pages" - Universidad
de Buenos Aires , Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires request
all interested parties to arrive at least half an hour
earlier ( 8:30 hours) to
with the usual enrolment procedures. Over this long weekend, you can enter your
regisdtration form via
e-mail to email@example.com
event is absolutely free of charge. No doubt a golden opportunity to see one of
the most renowned figures in the Phonetics and Phonology scene today.
UN LENGUAJE UNIVERSAL PARA COMUNICARSE POR INTERNET
following is a transcription of an article written by Àlex Barnet and published
in "La Vanguardia",
the Spanish newspaper on 13th August 2000. We accessed to this
interesting piece of news through Ing. Eduardo Cosso, Secretaría
de Extensión Universitaria ,Rectorado
de la Universidad
El sistema está concebido como una lengua intermedia para ordenadores
ambigüedades y su acceso será gratuito.
UNL es un idioma para ordenadores que reduce las ambigüedades en
de los textos y permite la traducción automática a cualquier lengua.
La idea de una máquina de traducir automática ha atraído a muchos investigadores
en las últimas décadas, ya que abundan traductores automáticos
plagados de errores. Hiro-shi Uchida, director del proyecto UNL de
la United Nations University de Japón, es uno de los científicos que
por aproximarse a esta herramienta. Su propuesta se llama UNL (Universal
Networking Language) y se presentó hace unas semanas en Barcelona.
gran problema de los sistemas automáticos de traducción es que no pueden
luchar contra la ambigüedad de cada idioma, en el que hay términos que
significan una cosa totalmente distinta, según el contexto", explicó.
considera que los sistemas directos de traducción pueden funcionar sólo
entre dos idiomas y no se pueden utilizarse universalmente. "Pero el
usa un lenguaje que permitirá comunicarse sin barreras", sentenció.
por la United Nations University, que depende de las
el UNL está concebido como una lengua intermedia de uso para
y que tiene la ventaja de eliminar ambigüedades. Su funcionamiento
es sencillo. El usuario escribe un texto en su idioma nativo.
Por Internet, el sistema UNL lo traduce y lo visualiza mediante el grafismo
del inglés (gato será "cat", por ejemplo). Automáticamente, el sistema
formula en el idioma nativo del usuario las preguntas necesarias para
eliminar las ambigüedades. Esto se traduce en un listado en pantalla
el que aparece gato como animal y como herramienta para cambiar la rueda.
El usuario marca la opción correspondiente y a partir de ahí se crea
texto en UNL.
grafismo en inglés es una convención y no implica que los usuarios sepan
idioma porque aparece por un proceso automático. Y el buen resultado
del sistema de traducción se basa en la existencia de un gran diccionario.
El UNL es sólo un intermediario técnico entre la lengua inicial
y la traducida. Un traductor universal informático con aspiraciones universales
para manejar 100 idiomas necesitaría 10.000 programas, ya que cada
idioma necesita una traducción específica para cada lengua. El UNL rebaja
este coeficiente exponencial y puede manejar 100 idiomas con sólo 200
programas. "Este año abriremos al público las primeras direcciones de
en las que se podrá utilizar el sistema", apunta.
ocho sistemas locales (español, ruso, inglés, japonés, indonesio, tailandés,
árabe y portugués) y dentro de poco se espera que se llegue a quince
idiomas. Según Uchida, las pruebas realizadas han dado una fiabilidad
del 90 % en textos de tipo general. El UNL está concebido como un
sistema público que los usuarios podrán usar gratis. El departamento de
Artificial de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid ha puesto en
marcha el Centro de Lengua Española de UNL y abrirá la primera web en
para su uso."
would like to remind all SHARERS that the accepted languages for publication in
SHARE are English, Portuguese and Spanish.
SOCIAL VALUES AND MUSIC IN TUCUMAN
very dear and active SHARERS, Stella Caramutti and Alicia Nasca from
de Enseñanza Superior "Lola Mora" in Tucumán, write to us to
talk by Ricardo
Sampedro on :
and Social Values"
Date: August 26th, 2000 - From:
09:30a.m. to 01:00p.m.
Salón de Actos - Muñecas 219
Information at : I.E.S. "Lola Mora". Muñecas
219 - Altos . Tel/Fax: (0381) 4342730 Email:
wish Alicia, Stella and Richardo the very best !
NEW NEWSLETTER FOR THE TEACHER OF ENGLISH
14th August Pierre Stapley launched his new electronic newsletter for the
teacher of English : D & S NEWSLETTER ( after Denis Dunn and Pierre Stapley)This very rewarding
publication contains a variety of sections for the ELT professional as well as
the language lover at large. It includes language tips ( a
enlightening section on "Idioms", for example) and tips on Methodology, as
well as film reviews, an enticing "Discussion Junction" and assorted
newsletter is distributed free of charge to subscribers.
to sign up ? Simply send an e-mail to :
SUBSCRIBE ME in the subject line.
wish our dear friend Pierre ( and co-pilot Mr Dunn) the very best of
you visited Dunnand Stapley´s site yet ?: www.dunnandstapley.20m.com
dear SHARER, the talented Betty
Director of BEWENGLISH/HYPERMEDIA
2000 writes to us to invite all SHARERS to her
Negocio del Inglés :
Avanzadas de Creatividad y
Marketing para Impulsar tu Instituto.
all Educators...Sign up for our last Workshop! Sensitive
Solutions to make your English Center BOOM. Come to sell more
and better. Remember that 2001 is just around the corner, and it won´t
be easy, mind you! So let's get all together! It is our ninth work-shop
for English teachers.
2nd September from 9 am through 8 pm.
lecturers are Betty Wolff and Marcelo Rodeiro. All material will
snacks are included, and certificates of attendance will be
fee is $ 100, if you are a newcomer. For all other BEWEnglish
just $ 90 for almost 11 hours of tuition all included.
are your competitive advantage. It is the first presentation of this
that will make your competition roll, roll in anger, because they have
it, and all the extra services BEWEnglish/HYPERMEDIA 2000 provides
to teachers who with their will and our wide support are sure to succeed.
We make your sales increase at least 60%. You have our
you happen to be interested, pay us a visit at:
send us a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
54 11 4 825 0303 - Fax:
54 11 4 821 3572
IMPLEMENTING CURICULAR INNOVATION
dear SHARER, Pablo Toledo, writes to us on behalf of APIBA Committee to announce
APIBA / AACI event: Implementing Curricular
Innovation, a workshop to be led by Nora Alvarez, MA. in Applied
Linguisticss, University of London on August 30th .
presentation concerns the implementation of an innovation in a teacher training
college. This innovation consists of a co-teaching project within the
pre-service training of student teachers in an ELT programme.
& Time: Wednesday 30th August, 2000 from 18.30 to
ISA 2000, Vidal 1838. Ciudad de Buenos Aires
register, please call 4811-8743, from 14.30 to 20.00
event is free of charge for APIBA members and teacher trainees .
a small contribution of $10.
I HAD MY CHILD TO RAISE OVER
dear SHARER, Marcela Pena from English Study Centre, writes to us :
for the wonderful space you have created ! I just wanted to share with you this
poem by Diane
Loomans, from the book "Full Esteem Ahead".
of love from Campana
If I had my child to raise over again
I had my child to raise over again,
finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
would do less correcting and more connecting.
take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
would care to know less and know to care more-
take more hikes and fly more kites.
stop playing serious, and seriously play.
would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
do more hugging and less tugging.
build self-esteem first, and the house later.
would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
teach less about the love of power,
more about the power of love.
you, Marce for a beautiful and moving poem !
(12) VISIT THE BS.AS. PLAYERS WEBSITE
dear friend and SHARER, Celia Zubiri, Director of The Bs. As. Players, writes to
would like to SHARE with the SHARERS some good news about THE BS AS PLAYERS. We
are very happy to announce our WEB SITE as from August. The address is www.thebsasplayers.com and we invite
you all to visit it. You will find useful information about our plays,
activities, games, printable material, songs, interesting links, photos and
much, much more.
done, Celia ! Congratulations on a beutiful website !
dear friend and Internet specialist Bernieh Banega, email@example.com
found a site of special interest for Teacher Educators. He says :
dear Prof. Villarreal!
found this article very interesting, and perhaps you'll find
about organizing one-day meetings or seminars with student-
teachers, just to exchange experiences and ideas with the rest of their class?
even... why don't make advanced students who are through their teaching
a meeting/seminar with students from lower years, to discuss their
experiences? You can find the article written by Sarah
Garrecht Gassen and published by the Arizona
Daily Star on Thursday,
13 July 2000 at
name of the article ? " Real-world lessons from the trenches - Future
teachers learn what works ". Inviting, don´t you think ?
(14) BEWARE OF THOSE E-MAILS !
Our dear SHARER, Berta Menendez from Asunción, Paraguay
sends us this
"very true" story from real life and warns SHARERS to
the e-mail technology: .
wise to remember how easily email -- this wonderful technology
-- can be misused, sometimes unintentionally, with serious
the case of the Illinois man who left the snow-filled
streets of Chicago for a vacation in Florida. His wife was
on a business trip and was planning to meet him there the next
day. When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife
a quick email.
when typing her address, he missed one letter, and
his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher's wife
whose husband had passed away only the day before. When the
grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the
monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor
the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note
on the screen:
got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
Sure is hot down here.
NEWS FROM THE "WILD" WEST
dear SHARER Ana María Paonessa, President
of the Círculo
e Intérpretes de la Zona Oeste, announces a number of courses for the next few
of Medical Texts
26 and September 2 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Portuguese (No previous knowledge
T.P. María Dolores Salgado Loureda
from 10 to 12 a.m.
German (no previous knowledge
T.P. Margarita Stecher
from 10 a 12 a.m.
French (no previous knowledge
from 5 to 7 p.m.
$ 60.- mensuales
Mergers and Acquisitions
Prof. Sergio F. Rodríguez
2, 9 and 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Issues in Translation
Prof. Alejandro Parini
9 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
further information call 4372-0068 or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEFINITIONS AND SELF-STYLED POETRY
dear SHARER from Humberto Primero, Santa Fe, Analía Angeletti de
sent us this beutiful poem. Thank you Ana and keep on SHARING
friend should be radical;
should love you when you're unlovable,
you when you're unhuggable,
bear you when you're unbearable.
friend should be fanatical;
should cheer when the whole world boos,
when you get good news,
cry when you cry too.
most of all, a friend should be mathematical,
should multiply the joy,
the need deep in your heart,
always be bigger than the sum of all their parts.
always knew that Maria Laura Rossi was woman with multiple talents and now...
she is threatening to expand into the realm of poetry. She writes to us
Friends can be like bugs,
may annoy you, make you laugh or cry
they're nice and cause no harm.
ESSENTIAL for LIFE !
if it's no that poetic, but it's mine!
(17) SILVIA´S CORNER
dear SHARER from Rosario, Silvia
Graziani starts her own corner in our publication. Another corner ? Well, yes.
After all there are four in every room ! What will Silvia´s be about ? Well, she
defines it as " Another
contribution to erase sadness from life ".
and the Law
local charity office realized that it had never received a donation from the
town's most successful lawyer. The
director called him, hoping to get a contribution.
research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a
penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some
lawyer replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying
after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual
the director mumbled, "Um...no."
that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a
wheelchair?" The stricken director
began to stammer out an apology but was interrupted. " . . . or that my sister's
husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation,
"leaving her penniless with three children?!"
humiliated director said simply, "I had no idea . . ."
if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to
psychiatrist walks into his waiting room and sees two men. One is hanging upside down from the
ceiling. The other is sawing an
imaginary piece of wood. The doctor approaches the man who is sawing and asks
him what he is doing.
sawing wood," the man replies.
what's your friend doing?" the doctor asks.
he thinks he's a light bulb."
don't you think you should tell him to get down? The blood is rushing to his head."
and work in the dark?"
(18) LISTA UNIVERSO INTERNET
Carlos Neri from Facultad
de Filosofia y Letras U.B.A, invites all SHARERS with an interest in the
INTERNET to join his List in Spanish
"El Universo Internet". Professor Neri is the Chair
of "Edicion Electronica y Multimedia" ( other members of his team
are, among many others, : Graciela Caplan and Viviana Fidanza.
are the aims of the List :
las transformaciones de la producción de bienes culturales digitales en el
entorno de Internet y su incidencia sobre los sujetos como productores, lectores
o distribuidores de contenidos.".
is a summary of the topics it includes :
teletrabajo utilizando Internet. Producción, distribución y comercialización de
productos digitales en la red. Nuevos usuarios. Nuevos lectores y nuevas formas
de narrar con la red. Comportamientos sociales y psicológicos de los actores.
Del mail a las cámaras en la web. Mundos reales / mundos virtuales.Estéticas que
surgen de la web. Periodismo
Suscribe, send an e-mail to email@example.com and in the body of
include the words : subscribe
(19) SOME INTERESTING FACTS.
dear SHARER from Lincoln, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Andrea Ferreyra sends us
this list of "very scientific" facts you can use with your students :
bands last longer when refrigerated.
are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
national anthem of Greece has 158 verses. No one in Greece
all 158 verses.
average secretary's left hand does 56% of the typing.
shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
are more chickens than people in the world.
of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
longest one-syllable word in the English language is
a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the
is an American flag.
of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction are stuck on
word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver
is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
are members of the peach family.
Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
are only four words in the English language which end in
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina
Angeles de Porciuncula".
cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
have striped skin, not just striped fur.
most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed
dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to
microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar
a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
is the longest word that is typed with only the left
is the only ten letter word you can type on the top of
you for your contribution, Andre !
SHARE DOCUMENTS : ISSUE 1
As from today, you
can request absolutely free of charge issue 1
of our publication THE SHARE DOCUMENTS.
The title of this
very first issue is : El Pacto Federal Educativo II
it contains :
Texto de la Propuesta Completa del Ministro de Educacíón de la Nación
Juan José LLach
Texto del artículo "Secundario de Mejor Calidad" (Clarín -10/8/00) de la
Inés Aguerrondo, ex Subsecretaria de Programación y Gestión
de Educación de la Nación.
de 2 entrevistas a Daniel Filmus (Página 12 y Clarín), Secretario
del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
del mensaje de mail de Adriana Sirna "Cuidado con el Pacto Federal
thought it was necessary to start our series of documents with this
it impinges on many of our dearest practices like : day schools (escuelas de
escolaridad) and bilingual education, titularizaciones, concentración
cátedra, sueldo docente y bonificaciones,etc.
whole document is in Spanish and be requested now or at any time in the
goodbye time again. As usual we leave you in good company, that of your family,
friends and colleagues.
would like to say goodbye with a mail that a dear SHARER, Graciela
Marchetti sent to us. The true spirit of SHARE is these words
of all,thanks for your warm, shiny ,powerful light that brightens up our screen
every weekend, providing us with the message,the answer,the word we were needing
,even without our being aware of this need.These things only happen when there's
a net of common interests and shared passion.Thanks
very best wishes for you and your family!
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