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
Here we are again, exhausted but happy after the
Congress in Necochea... and we have got very good reasons to be both exhausted
and happy. The "exhausted" is
self-evident and we believe our SHARERS will SHARE the same
feeling of happiness with us. We are happy at the results of the Congress ( 438
students and teachers !) and super happy to resume our weekly meeting with you.
Below you will find a letter that Susana Arévalo and Elsa Madueño
email@example.com from San Miguel de Tucumán
sent us. This and many similar messages we received during these two weeks of
silence while we were busy working for the Congress and our own strong wish to SHARE is what keeps this electronic magazine
alive. Thank YOU, dear SHARERS
"We would like to thank you for encouraging us
to begin and go on with the hard task of teaching, there are lots of things to
learn from in your SHARES and lots of things that make "very dear"
Thanks to both you and Marina for the importance you give to
the teachers throughout your messages, and please , don't give up doing this :
through SHARE we feel protected and connected to the world of English in
Susana Arévalo and
Congreso de Didácticas Específicas.
The Good Old 90´s !
What does success depend on ?
Prescriptions for Happiness.
Omar Villarreal in Azul
A question of perception.
Mother Should Know.
News from Interaction Studio.
up your heart to install.
de Interés : Educación de Adultos.
An Honour for "SHARE".
In these times of political
turnmoil a dear SHARER from Santa Cruz, Juan Alberto Marini, send us
this funny story about political campaign promises
election time and a politician decided to go out to the local reservation
and try to get the Native American vote. They were all assembled in the
Hall to hear the speech. The politician had worked up to his finale,
crowd was getting more and more excited. "I promise better education
opportunities for Native Americans!"
The crowd went wild, shouting "Hoya!
Hoya!" The politician was a bit puzzled
by the native word, but was
encouraged by their enthusiasm. "I promise gambling
reforms to allow a
Casino on the Reservation!"
"Hoya! Hoya!" cried the crowd, stomping their
"I promise more social reforms and job opportunities for Native
Americans!" The crowd reached a frenzied pitch shouting "Hoya! Hoya!
After the speech, the Politician was touring the Reservation, and saw
a tremendous herd of cattle. Since he was raised on a ranch, and knew a bit
about cattle, he asked the Chief if he could get closer to take a look at the
"Sure," the Chief said, "but be careful not to step in the hoya."
(2) CONGRESO DE DIDACTICAS ESPECIFICAS
Los dias 1, 2 y 3 de febrero de 2001 se llevara a cabo en
Granada, España, el Congreso Nacional "Las didacticas de las areas
curriculares en el siglo XXI", organizado por la Facultad de
Ciencias de la Educacion de la Universidad de Granada. Informes: firstname.lastname@example.org
(3) OH, THE DEAR OLD 90´S !
A dear SHARER ,
Cecilia Vazquez Domecq from Laboratorio de Idiomas Adrogué writes to us
Thank you for all
your SHARES. I just wanted to SHARE these " 25 signs
that you´ve had too much
of the 90´s "
1. You just tried to enter your password on the
2. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your
family of three.
3. You call your son's beeper to let him know it's time
to eat. He e-mails you back from his bedroom, "What's
4. Your daughter sells Girl Scout Cookies via her web
5. You chat several times a day with a stranger from South Africa,
but you haven't spoken with your next door neighbor yet this year.
check the ingredients on a can of chicken noodle soup to see if it contains
7. You check your blow-dryer to see if it's Y2K compliant.
Your grandmother clogs up your e-mail inbox asking you to send her a JPEG file
of your newborn so she can create a screen saver.
9. You pull up in your
own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.
commercial on television has a web-site address at the bottom of the
11. You buy a computer and a week later it is out of date
and now sells for half the price you paid.
12. The concept of using real
money, instead of credit or debit, to make a purchase is foreign to
13. Cleaning up the dining room means getting the fast food bags
out of the back seat of your car.
14. Your reason for not staying in touch
with family is that they do not have e-mail addresses.
15. You consider
second-day air delivery painfully slow.
16. Your dining room table is now
your flat filing cabinet.
17. Your idea of being organized is
multiple-colored Post-it notes.
18. You hear most of your jokes via
e-mail instead of in person.
19. You get an extra phone line so you can
get phone calls.
20. You turn off your Modem and get this awful feeling, as
if you just pulled the plug on a loved one.
21. You get up in morning
and go online before getting your coffee.
22. You wake up at 2am to go
to the bathroom and check your E-mail on your way back to bed.
23. You start
tilting your head sideways to smile. :)
24. You're reading this.
worse; you're going to forward it to someone else.
(4) NEW TRANSLATORS
Tenemos el agrado de compartir con todos
los lectores de SHARE un acontecimiento muy importante para nuestra
provincia : la presentación de la Asociación de Traductores e Intérpretes
de Entre Ríos (ATRADIER).
ATRADIER es una asociación sin fines de
lucro que nuclea a los Profesionales de la Traducción e Interpretación de
Idiomas de nuestra provincia cuyo fin es dar difusión a la profesión, acompañar
participativamente el proceso de desarrollo socio-económico de la provincia en
cuanto a su inserción en el contexto de un mercado global e impulsar la
interacción con comunidades de otras lenguas reafirmando nuestra propia
El acto de presentación se llevó a cabo en la sede
del Colegio de Abogados, de la ciudad de Paraná, el jueves 28 del
Agradecemos poder compatir con los shareres
este momento de singular trascendencia para nuestra Asociación.
Betiana Grillone email@example.com
WHAT DOES SUCCESS DEPEND ON ?
Our dear SHARER Maureen O´Keefe sends us this
reflection about success :
Success depends on the support of other
people. The only hurdle between you and what you want to be is the support of
Look at it this
way: an executive depends on people to carry out his instructions. If they
don’t, the company will fire the executive, not the employees. Likewise a
politician depends on voters to elect him.
There were times in history when a person
could gain a position of authority through force and hold it with force or
threats. In those days a man either cooperated with the leader or risked loosing
his head. But today a person either supports you
willingly or doesn’t support you at all.
But how can you get people’s willingness
to support you? The answer wrapped up in one phrase is “ THINK RIGHT TOWARD
When a group of people has to consider
names for a new post or a promotion, in 9 cases out of 10 the “LIKEABILITY”
factor is given far more weight than the technical factor. “ I know he has a good academic
and technical background, I don’t question his competence, but I am concerned
about the acceptance he would receive" .
The above holds true even in selecting
scholars for university professorships. Unfair? Unacademic? No. If the fellow
isn’t likeable he can’t be expected to get through to his students with maximum
President Lyndon Johnson even developed a
personal plan for thinking right toward people:
Learn to remember names.
2- Be a comfortable person so there is no strain in being with you.
BE AN OLD-SHOE kind of
Guard against the impression that you
Cultivate the quality of being
Sincerely attempt to heal every misunderstanding
that you have had.
Try to get the “SCRATCHY” elements out of your
Never miss out on an opportunity to say a word of
sincere congratulations upon anyone’s achievement, or express sympathy in sorrow
Re-read these rules: notice that there is
no get-even philosophy.
Thinking right towards people removes frustration and stress. When you
BOIL IT ALL DOWN, the big cause of stress and failure is negative feelings
toward other people.
Thank you Maureen for this "successful"
Dr. David R. Cole,
Head of English, St. George´s College North, Buenos Aires writes to us to invite
all SHARERS to attend or give a paper at the conference
organized by the Association of St. George´s, Buenos Aires
and which will take place on a weekend in March or April of next year. The
closing date for submission of abstracts is November the 25th. Additional
information can be obtained visting this webpage : http://www.geocities.com/dracle99/
PRESCRIPTION FOR HAPPINESS
A dear friend
and SHARER writes to us :
Dear Marina, Omar & rest of SHARE
Thanks for last Sat
issue containing such valuable and useful info. The following
PRESCRIPTION may come in very handy when we're feeling down and looking
for HAPPINESS. It is attributed to Robert Louis Stevenson and there's
special recommendation to take it as often as needed 'cause it produces
Also unlimited refills of the
prescription are available at no cost and it should be shared with
Love from your friend, Diana Englebert
"Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to
find pleasure in simple things.
Make the best of your circumstances. No
one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with the
gladness of life. The trick is to make
the laughter outweigh the tears. Don't
take yourself too seriously. You can't please everybody; don't let criticism worry you. Don't let your neighbour
set your standards. Do the things you
enjoy doing, but stay out of debt. Don't borrow trouble. Imaginary things are
harder to bear than the actual ones. Since hate poisons the soul, do not
cherish enmities and grudges. Don't hold post-mortems. Don't spend your life
brooding over sorrows and mistakes.
Don't be one who never gets over things. Do what you can for those less
fortunate than yourself. Keep busy at something. A very busy person
never has time to be unhappy."
(8) OMAR VILLARREAL IN
Chair of English at Fctad de Agronomía de la Universidad Nacional del
Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires announces a Course for Teachers of
English within the University´s PICAP Programme (Programa Institucional de
Capacitación y Actualización
The course "Activities for all ages and all levels : how to select, create
and adapt them " will be taught by Omar on Friday 27th and Saturday
28th October from 8:30 to 19:00 hours at Aula 8 Pabellón Licenciatura on Campus
,Avda Giraut sin número in Azul.
Highlights of the Course :
Songs for Children. Grammar Games for young learners, Story-telling,
Video Techniques for Language Practice, Teaching English
in Polimodal, Cross-Curricular Projects
and a special session on "The New rock and Pop 2000".
The Course which will bear official
recognition will be offered at a special
reduced price of $ 30 thanks to
the auspices of Macmillan Heinemann ELT.
Enrolment is in progress at Facultad de
Agronomía TE: 02281-433291/2/3. Further information from Sylvia Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org
(9) A QUESTION OF
Our very dear friend and active SHARER,
Amelia Otaiza from San Salvador de
Jujuy writes to us :
recieved this message from a friend and I want to share it with
young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver.
The only religious influence in his life came from his outspoken
friend. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend's
sermons, but he heard them often enough.
One night, the diver went to the
indoor pool at the college he attended. The lights were all off, but as
the pool had big skylights and the moon was bright,
there was plenty of light
to practice by.
The young man climbed up to the highest diving board and as
he turned his back to the pool on the edge of the board and extended his arms
out, he saw his
shadow on the wall. The shadow of his body was in the
shape of a cross.
Instead of diving, he knelt down and asked God to come into
his life. As the young man stood, a maintenance man walked in and turned
the lights on.
The pool had been drained for repairs.
Our dear friends and SHARERS past
co-chairs of ESP Interest Section at ARTESOL Liliana and Patricia
Orsi email@example.com ,
send us this brief report on the ARTESOL Asamblea held last
September 15th :
Asunto: ARTESOL: Asamblea
* La reunión fue conducida por
Mabel Chena, Presidente
* Se agradeció a personas e
instituciones que hacen posible que ARGENTINA TESOL alcance sus
Lectura de memoria al 31 de Dic de
* Se comentaron las actividades más
destacadas de la Convención de
ARTESOL llevada a cabo en el Palacio Pizzurno, 10 al 14 de Agosto de 1999 y
Asamblea General del 13 de agosto de 1999.
* ARTESOL´s newsletter. Las dos
revistas anuales fueron distribuidas
entre los miembros de la asociación. Sugerimos a quienes no esten
recibiendo la publicación regularmente, actualizen su dirección postal y/o
membrecía ( Lidia Amor firstname.lastname@example.org
) .Recordamos que la asociación a ARTESOL tiene un costo de $ 15 anuales
(incluye Newsletter y Convención).
* Planes para el año siguiente:
Convención anual en el interior, apertura de areas de interés (our ESP IS is the
only one so far), mejoramiento de la comunicación entre los miembros de ARTESOL,
liason con otras instituciones y la implementación de mayores
En la Asamblea General Ordinaria de
Socios del 15 de septiembre de 2000 quedó constituída la nueva Comisión
Ejecutiva de ARTESOL.
Vicepresidente 1 Viviana Irene
Vicepresidente 2 Claudina LoValvo
Vocales Titulares Clara Muñiz
Vocales Suplentes Elena
Rev de Cuentas Tit. Alicia
Rev de Cuentas Sup Carlos Pérez
For further information,
please contact Liliana or Patricia or visit :
MOTHER SHOULD KNOW
dear friend and SHARER , Rosemary Lagarrigue from Richmond Publishing, sends us
this message to go "celebrating" mummies after their day :
I ever needed to know I learned from Mother:
mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE:
"If you're going to kill each other, do it
outside - I just finished
mother taught me RELIGION: "You
better pray that will come out of the carpet."
mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL:
you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of
mother taught me LOGIC: "Because
I said so, that's why."
mother taught me FORESIGHT: "Make
sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
mother taught me IRONY: "Keep
crying and I'll give you something to cry about."
mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS: "Shut
your mouth and eat your supper!"
mother taught me about CONTORTIONIST: "Will
you look at the dirt on the back of your neck!"
mother taught me about STAMINA: "You'll
sit there 'till all that spinach is finished."
mother taught me about WEATHER: "It
looks as if a cyclone swept through your room."
mother taught me about HYPOCRISY: "If
I've told you once, I've told you a million times - don't exaggerate
mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: "I
brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: "Stop
acting like your father !"
mother taught me about ENVY: "There
are millions of less fortunate children in this world who
don't have wonderful
parents like you do!"
(12) NEWS FROM INTERACTION STUDIO
Our dear friend and
SHARER , Virginia Lopez Grisolía, Head of Interaction Language Studio invites
all SHARERS to take part in Interaction Training Programme for Teachers and
Translators to be held at Avda L. N. Alem 424 PB Capital
The Language of
Capital Markets I : Stocks and Bonds
Duration : 10 hours / 5
Days & Time : Wednesdays 10.30-12.30 - October 18th
through November 15th
Tutors : Prof. Virginia
Grammar 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,
Prof. Sergio Rodriguez
Currently majoring in
Grammar II JV Gonzalez - Ex-teacher
at Universidad Católica de Salta and current teacher at Universidad del
Salvador. Grammar II teacher at Liceo Cultural
The Skills of
Observing and Giving Feedback
This workshop is highly recommended
EFL Teachers' Co-ordinators and
Directors of Studies.
EFL Teachers interested in becoming
Co-ordinators and Directors of Studies.
Methods " Profesores Adscriptos"
and "Profesores Ayudantes"
Duration : 7 1/2 hours / 3 meetings
Days & Time : Mondays, November 13, 20 &27 from
18.30 to 21.00
Facilitator : Prof . Silvina
Assistant Director of
Studies at Interaction Language Studio. Methods II Assistant Teacher at ISP
J.V.González. Holds certificates in Teacher Training and in Academic
Management from International House, Hastings, UK; in Academic Management and
in Group Dynamics from Embassy Teacher Training, UK..
Fees : $80 (if paid before Nov 8th ) $85 (if paid after Nov 8th
For further information, call
311-7220/312-1950 Office hours: 8 a.m.-7.30
p.m. or mail email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org
(13) OPEN UP YOUR HEART TO
A very dear SHARER from Campana, Marcela Pena,
writes to us :
I have been a SHARER ever since SHARE was a
little baby. At that moment I thought it was a good idea. I have seen it grow
and now I think it's been a GREAT idea to start it. I often find myself turning
on the computer on a Sunday evening, just to see if your SHARE has already
arrived. I have never met most of the other SHARERS. However, I feel them as
"professional friends" that would always be at hand to answer questions and to
Then I thought that if we, teachers, really
enjoy this shared space, our students would also like something similar. As a
consequence I started my own way of starting a web among students at our
institute. It is not called SHARE, it contains different material, more
appealing to kids and teenagers, but it was born under the same sign, and has
the same spirit. Let me call it a SHARE's
I am including the following piece in our
"newsletter" and I thought I could also share it with you. You may find it too
long, but if you ever have enough space, do share it. I have used it to practise
computing vocabulary, to write paragraphs based on this model, to teach word
There it goes, in the attachment, from English
Study Centre Campana, to our source of inspiration, MOTHER SHARE
Lots of love, and thanks
Customer: I have this new program . I´m not very
technical, but I think I am ready to install now. What do I do
CS Rep: The first step is to open your HEART. Have
you located your HEART ma'am?
Customer: Yes, I have, but there are several
programs running right now. Is it okay to install while they are
CSRep: What programs are running
Customer: Let me see... I have PASTHURT.EXE,
LOWESTEEM.EXE, GRUDGE.EXE, and RESENTMENT.COM running right
CSRep: No problem. LOVE will automatically erase
PASTHERT.EXE from your current
operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer
disrupt other programs. LOVE will eventually overwrite LOWESTEEM.EXE with a
module of its own called HIGHESTEEM.EXE. However, you have to completely turn
off GRUDGE.EXE and RESENTMENT.COM. Those programs prevent LOVE from being
Can you turn them off,
Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you
tell me how?
CSRep: My pleasure. Go to your Start menu and invoke
FORGIVENESS.EXE. Do this as many times as necessary until GRUDGE.EXE and
RESENTMENT.COM have completely
Customer: Okay, I'm done. LOVE has started installing itself
automatically. Is that normal?
CSRep: Yes, it is. You should receive a message that
says it will reinstall for the life of your HEART. Do
you see that message?
Customer: Yes, I do. Is it completely
CSRep: Yes, but remember that you have only the base
program. You need to begin connecting to other HEARTS in order to get the
Customer: Ooops.. I have an error message already.
What should I do?
CSRep: What does the message
Customer: It says "ERROR 412. PROGRAM NOT RUN ON
INTERNAL COMPONENTS". What does that mean?
CSRep: Don't worry, ma'am, that's a common problem.
It means that the LOVE program is set up to run on external HEARTS but has not
yet been run on your HEART. It is one of those complicated programming things,
but in non-technical terms, it means you have to LOVE your own machine before
you LOVE others.
Customer: So what should I
CSRep: Can you find the directory called "SELF
CSRep: Excellent, you are getting good at
CSRep: You're welcome. Click on the following files
and then copy them to the MYHEART
directory: FORGIVESELF.DOC, SELFESTEEM.TXT, REALIZEWORTH.TXT, AND
GOODNESS.DOC. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching
any faulty programming. Also, you need to delete SELFCRITIC. EXE from all
directories, and empty your recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is completely
gone and never comes back.
Customer: Got it. Hey . My HEART is filling up with
really neat files. SMILE.MPG is playin g on my monitor right now, and it shows
that WARMTH.COM, PEACE.EXE and CONTENTMENT.COM are copying themselves all over
CSRep: Then LOVE is installed and running. You
should be able to handle it from here. one more thing before I
CSRep: LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its
various modules to everybody
you meet. They will in turn
share it with other people and they will return some really neat modules back to
Customer: I will. Thank you for your
(14) LISTA DE INTERÉS
: EDUCACION DE ADULTOS
Desde hace 20 años me desempeño como docente,
en el sistema educativo. En los últimos 12 años lo hago como Profesora del nivel
Superior (y en particular de las carreras de Formación docente), Asesora
Pedagógica y Coordinadora de Jornadas de Capacitación
. En los últimos años muchas se han escuchado
voces en relación a las prácticas docentes y a la necesidad de reflexión sobre
Considero debemos ser nosotros, los
profesionales de la educación, los que iniciemos este camino ya que es el
intercambio con los otros donde nuestro conocimiento se expande, se multiplica,
Los invito a formar parte de una lista de
EDUCACIÓN DE ADULTOS en la cual compartiremos nuestras necesidades y nuestros
saberes, nuestros deseos e inconvenientes. La idea es que se encuentre destinada a lo
- Capacitación de docente y
- Formación de adultos que se encuentren en el
nivel medio de la enseñanza
- Otras temáticas que surjan, vinculadas a
éstas (Animación Sociocultural,
competencias laborales, por
Creo que ENTRE TODOS podemos
Les dejo los datos y los
(15) AN HONOUR FOR
We are very proud to
have receved this message from one of the biggest names in ELT in our country.
With all respect and admiration we reproduce Nelly Shakespear´s words :
look forward to reading SHARE, just received through E-mail & printed for
leisurely perusing. Thank you so much for adding me to your list of
(16) TWO PEP UP MESSAGES
dear SHARER from Tortuguitas, Pcia de Buenos Aires, Sandy Ostrowski writes to us
Omar and Marina,
How are you? I have started receiving SHARE only recently and all this
time. I have been wondering in what way I could share part of me with you
..... I don´t have a special talent at writing poems of my
read the contribution by Cristina : "The Most Beautiful Heart" , my tears just
fled!!!! These stories fill my heart with so much tenderness and
love....they give me strength to continue each day even when things
around might seemdark.
a poem with some words of courage which you might wish to include in
However long the
however dark the
there´ll come a break
Keep on with trust, smile as
dawn may come sooner than
here´s another one I heard on the radio in Spanish. The original
was written in English by William Edwards of
Count your garden by the
Never by the leaves that
Count your joys by the
Never when life´s worries
Count your nights by stars,
Count your days by smiles,
And when life´s span so
Count your age by friends,
that´s all for now.... I´ll keep in touch. Love
(17) TONGUE IN CHEEK
Our very dear friend, José Luís Garcia from
Catamarca sends us these two hillarious stories :
Man´s Best Friend
A butcher is working, and is really busy. He
notices a dog in his
shop and shoos him away. Later, he notices the dog is
back again. He walks over to the dog and notices the dog
has a note in his mouth.
The butcher takes the note, which reads, "Can I
have 12 sausages and a leg
of lamb, please?"
. The butcher looks, and low and behold, in the
dog's mouth there is a 10-dollar bill. So the butcher takes the
money, puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, and places it in the dog's
The butcher is very impressed, and since it's
closing time, he decides
to close up shop and follow the dog. So off he
goes. The dog is walking down the street and comes
to a crossing. The dog
puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the
crossing button. Then he
waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to change. It
does, and he walks across
the road, with the butcher following.
The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts
looking at the timetable. The
butcher is in awe at this stage. The dog
checks out the times, and
sits on one of the seats to wait for the
bus. Along comes a bus. The dog goes and looks at
the number, notices it's
the right bus, and climbs on. The butcher, by now
him onto the bus.
The bus travels through town and out to the
suburbs. Eventually the dog gets
up, moves to the front of the bus and,
standing on his hind legs,
button to stop the bus. The dog gets off,
groceries still in his mouth and the
They walk down the road, and the dog
approaches a house. He walks up
path and drops the groceries on the step. Then
he walks back down the path, takes a big run and throws himself-whap! -- against
the door. He goes
down the path, takes another run, and throws
himself-whap! -- against
dooragain! There's no answer at the door, so the dog goes
jumps up on a narrow wall and walks along the
perimeter of the
gets to a window and bangs his head against it
He walks back, jumps off the wall and waits at
the door. The butcher watches as a big guy opens the
door, and starts laying
into the dog, really yelling at
The butcher runs up and stops the guy. "What
the heck are you doing?
dog is a genius. He could be on TV, for God's
sake!" To which the guy responds, "Genius, my eye.
This is the second time
this week he's forgotten his
A businessman boarded a plane to find, sitting next to him,
an elegant woman wearing the largest, most stunning diamond ring he had ever seen.
"This is the Klopman diamond," she said.
"It is beautiful, but there is a terrible curse that goes
"Oh ! What's the curse?" the man asked.
(18) BERNIEH´S CORNER
our dear friend Bernieh email@example.com, feeds
us with his own very personal account of the Congress in Necochea
place like home .. but
sometimes, you can enjoy wonderful experiences away from home.
I'm just back
from Necochea, after three inspiring, exhilarating,
demanding and funny days
at the 7th. Argentine Congress for Teachers and
Students of English, and this
is just a short summary of my first
impressions about it.
We have been
through all kind of experiences, from arriving in Necochea to
find that there
was no reservation booked for us at our (supposedly)
destination hotel (this
was solved in a couple of hours or so), to wishing
that this Congress would
last a few more days, in order to continue
enjoying all the good things the
organizers had prepared for us. These were
terrific (please, check your
dictionary, here I mean very good, splendid,
awesome, astounding, etc.) days:
imagine 400 or so teachers and students at large
in a beautiful seaside
city, with a wonderful weather (where were the
winds this weekend???), cooperative people, nice and
cheap food and
drinks, a magnificent Casino building all for us, etcetera,
As the only senior in the premises, I had to act as a kind of
chaperon" for the group of young ladies residing at the same
me... that was funny, and they were a great bunch, eager to do a
things, such as walking a hundred kilometers on the beach (only some
attending tirelessly to every and each workshop or plenary
of them), or revealing themselves as extraordinary performers
turn, twist...) at the dance floor in the Congress Gala (ALL of
There was a lot of energy put into play at Necochea during the past
Speaking about performances, we also had the opportunity to
attend to two
plays, "Wild Frank" (who was really wild) and "The Pretender"
girls about the baby-faced pretender... lots of hearts were broken
night!). Both plays were really enjoyable, and a good example
"English-into-action". Another non-scheduled performer was our
Jamie Duncan: he proved he can be both the soul of the party at
and a lecturer that can get a standing ovation from his audience
the Congress. Gosh, there were fans asking for authographs at the
his plenary, and I bet he was the MPL (most photographed lecturer) in
Other UTN lecturers enjoyed a similar degree of
success: Andrea Coviella, Susan Hillyard, and Fernando Armesto,
passed their tests with flying
colours... it was very interesting to see them
on stage, and watch the
different techniques they employed to simply "seduce"
the audience. Non-UTN
lecturers were, of course, equally great: in
particular, I enjoyed very
much Pierre Stapley's lecture on English
catchphrases (he is a real funny
guy!), Daniel Resnik's presentation on the
"New Language for the New
Millenium", and Mary Calvo de de la Vega´s
presentation on "Reflective
Then there were the raffles,
the photo-taking sessions, and the cheers,
whistles, chants, applauses, and
all the noise of a Congress bubbling with
excitement, good vibes and
friendship. We met a lot of people from every corner in the country (from Jujuy
to Santa Cruz) , and made a few friends in-between. Behind the scenes, our dear
Omar Villarreal and his wife Marina Kirac were organizing, pushing, announcing,
making last-minute arrangements, and all the things needed to make things go as
smoothly as possible. We arrived to the Closing Plenary to hear a
wonderful and inspiring lecture by Efrain Davis on a
parallel of Dr. Jekyl
& Mr Hyde and the teachers of English in Argentina.
In his address to
the Congress after the Closing Plenary , Omar Villarreal made some
important announcements but I´ll leave that to him in his next issue
So, enough for now... I must get some
Well, our dear Bernieh was wrong for once : there
won´t be any announcement in this issue of SHARE. Instead a special
edition of SHARE NEWS (that´ll be nunber 3) will be issued mid-week with a
report on the the 7th Congress. We thought it was better to provide you with a
very solid SHARE for the weekend and give you the opportunity to "peep
into" the 7th Congress on Wednesday or Thursday or simply "delete".
Again it´s time to say
goodbye. This will be a very "personal" goodbye. First, let me reproduce a
mail from Maria Patricia Raimondi firstname.lastname@example.org from
Omar and Marina ,
I just want to say that I am one of your SHARERS and that
we really enjoy your magazine at our institute. What's more ,we often
use material from SHARE in our lessons . I have attended
many many of your workshops ,seminars and talks and I never GET
YOU !!!!! I can still
remember many of your stories ... But I 've got one question ..You always
mention Marina ..There's always something about her ....at the very start of
your talk...... . in the middle ..or at the end .....in a story ...in a song
....or as a part of an anecdote . .I really admire the way you A
DMIRE and LOVE her !
Congratulations to both of you
Maria Patricia Raimondi -
Instituto Listen & Learn
Second, I want to publicly thank my wife because in the hard
times before the
Congress when criticism, outright attacks and direct threats
mounted she knew how to show me that she believed in me and kept me and the
Congress going. The
huge success of the Congress proved her right once again.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK !!
Marina and Omar
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