An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina
Number 44 December
of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will
not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being
The year is coming to an end but for most of us
there are still three busy weeks ahead. Academic activity slowly diminishing but
the need to start getting everything ready for the end-of-year
celebrations and holidays quickly looming in the horizon.
To open this issue of SHARE (there won´t be
one next week as both of us are sitting for two difficult exams) we chose this
message from Liliana Arana de Martinez from 9 de Julio in the province of
Buenos Aires, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Omar and Marina,
Throughout this -sometimes tiring year, you have
kept me company with your magazine. I can only say "Thank you" for all the
ideas, advice and understanding.
I wanted to share this poem by Frank McGarry
with you. It's called "Sharing Things"
The squirrels and the blue-tits share the
The seagulls share the meadow with the
The carrion-crows and kestrels share the
The badgers share their sett to go to
The ramblers share the pathways with
Who take their owners with them on their
The tourists share the local with the
On the green the bowlers share a game of
To share is not to lose a thing, to share is purely
To share a joy increases it, the opposite with
Sharing is togetherness, sharing is
To share a meal, to share a joke, or just to share
you Liliana, Thank you all of you , dear SHARERS for keeping each other company.
1.- These things I wish for you.
2.- No more fees for Licenciaturas ?
3.- World Wide Words:
"Right as Rain".4.- At SEA
5.- Everybody &
6.- Teorías Contemporáneas del
7.- Bernieh´s Corner.
8.- A "Serious" Warning from
9.- Adventure Weekend in the
10.-Report on The Power of the Internet for
11- Business English Training Programme
14.-Bilingual Education in State Schools in the City
15- A Poem for my Friends.
1.- THESE THINGS I WISH FOR YOU
Our dear friend and SHARER, Bethina Viale, sends us this heartwarming
message. I know our SHARERS will be able to read between the lines. This is much
more than a message for grannies or grandads ( if it was ever intended for
grandparents alone). We read it ourselves and could not
help getting a knot in the stomach thinking about all the good things in
life that we are missing and making our children miss.
These Things I Wish for You
tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them
For my grandchildren, I'd know better.
I'd really like for them to
know about hand-me-down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat
loaf. I really would.
My cherished grandson, I hope you learn humility
by surviving failure and that you learn to be honest even when no one
I hope you learn to make your bed and mow the lawn and
wash the car -- and I hope nobody gives you a brand-new car when
you are sixteen.
It will be good if at least one time you can see a
baby calf born and you have a good friend to be with you if you
ever have to put your old dog to sleep.
I hope you get a black eye
fighting for something you believe in.
I hope you have to share a
bedroom with your younger brother. And it is all right to draw a line
down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers
with you because he's scared, I hope you'll let him.
And when you want
to see a Disney movie and your kid brother wants to tag along, I hope you
I hope you have to walk uphill with your friends and
that you live in a town where you can do it safely.
If you want a
slingshot, I hope your father teaches you how to make one instead of buying
one. I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books, and when you
learn to use computers, you also learn how to add and subtract in your
I hope you get razzed by friends when you have your first crush on a
girl, and that when you talk back to your mother you learn what Ivory soap
May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your
hand on the stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.
I hope you
get sick when someone blows smoke in your face. I don't care if you try
beer once, but I hope you won't like it.
And if a friend offers you a joint
or any drugs, I hope you are smart enough to realize that person is not
I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with
your grandpa or go fishing with your uncle.
I hope your mother punishes
you when you throw a baseball through a neighbor's window, and that she
hugs you and kisses you when you give her a plaster of paris mold of your
These things I wish for you -- tough times and disappointment,
hard work and ...happiness.
By Lee Pitts
2.- NO MORE FEES FOR
With the passing of
the Federal and the Higher Education Act unbder the previous Administration , a
number of us, graduate teachers of English from Terciary Education
Institutions embarked on different B.A. courses of studies (Ciclos de
Lienciatura) in order to get a University degree (Título "de grado"
Universitario), some in order to persue further courses at M.A. level, others to
fill the requirements for teaching in Educación Polimodal or Higher Education
Terciary or University
level). A number of prestigious private and state universities (the number of
choices is endless) offered such courses which varied in length of time, type of
dedication required, and quality. Invariably all the offers were fee-paying,
again the cost varied (always within a figure of thousands of pesos). This might
no longer be the case, at least with state-run universities. Let´s read this
article (abridged) from "Página 12" (4th December 2000)
Conflicto en ciernes con las
universidades públicas que cobran
La Cámara de Diputados dio media
sanción al cambio en la Ley de Educación
Superior para que se garantice la
gratuidad de los estudios de grado. Entre los proyectos que se aprobaron la
semana pasada en la Cámara de Baja, también logró media sanción la que sería la
primera modificación de la controvertida Ley de Educación Superior... El
proyecto de reforma establece que los estudios de grado
deberán estar "exentos de pagos de aranceles obligatorios". Así, de ser
aprobada por el Senado, quedará cerrada la mayor disputa abierta por la ley, la
que llevó al desconocimiento de la norma por parte de muchas universidades: la
posibilidad de arancelar que abría, en contradicción con la Constitución. La
modificación de la LES plantearía un nuevo escenario para las universidades
públicas que ya cobran aranceles a sus alumnos y para las que dictan carreras a
distancia o a través de campus virtuales.
El proyecto de ley fue elaborado por la diputada aliancista
Adriana Puiggrós. El cambio que se propone es agregar un inciso f al artículo
13, que quedaría así: "Los estudiantes de las instituciones
estatales de educación superior tienen derecho... a acceder y completar los
estudios de grado exentos de pagos de aranceles obligatorios".
primera modificación de la LES ya abrió un debate centrado en los
educación a distancia ... De hecho, las autoridades de la Universidad de Quilmes
(UNQ) pretenden que, dados los costos que implica, se exceptúe a la educación
vía Internet de lo que sería el nuevo texto de la ley.
"De ninguna manera es nuestra intención perjudicar el
sistema de educación a distancia, que en la Universidad Nacional de Quilmes
funciona muy bien, aunque tampoco puede ser que la Educación Superior sea
gratuita sin aranceles obligatorios, pero que se exceptúe a la educación a
distancia", argumentó Puiggrós.
Un camino alternativo, si el Senado cierra definitivamente
la puerta del arancel, es que las universidades que desarrollaron enseñanza
virtual pasen a cobrar un plus en concepto de gastos
Puiggrós polemizó: "Ninguna Universidad pública
puede cobrar arancel. Si no, ¿qué diferencia hay entre la Universidad privada y
la estatal? La universidad pública no se puede sostener por los criterios de la
oferta y la demanda".
3.- WORLD WIDE WORDS : "RIGHT
We, teachers and translators of English feel a strong
fascination for words. After all (linguistic theories and learning theories
aside) that´s the stuff our professions are made of.
Q. I have been deputized by a
small group of your readers and admirers to ask you a question. What is the
meaning and origin of the phrase, 'right as rain'? Is it an aesthetically
pleasing but essentially meaningless alliteration, or is 'rain' really correct
in some way? [Julane Marx, California]
interesting question. Thank you for mentioning admirers. I'm more doubtful about
the deputising: presumably the next stage would have been to get up a
Perhaps surprisingly, there have been expressions starting 'right as
...' since medieval times, always in the sense of something being satisfactory,
safe, secure or comfortable. An early example, quoted as a proverb as long ago
as 1546, is 'right as a line'. In that, 'right' might have had a literal sense
something desirable in a line, but it also clearly has a
figurative sense of being correct or acceptable. There's an even older example,
from the _Romance of the Rose_ of 1400: "right as an adamant", where an adamant
was a lodestone or magnet.
Lots of others have followed in the centuries
since. There's 'right as a gun', which appeared in _Prophetess_, one of John
Fletcher's plays, in 1622. 'Right as my leg' is also from the seventeenth
century - it's in Sir Thomas Urquhart's translation of _Gargantua and
Pantagruel_, by Rabelais, published in 1664: "Some were young, quaint, clever,
neat, pretty, juicy, tight, brisk, buxom, proper,
kind-hearted, and as right
as my leg, to any man's thinking".
There's 'right as a trivet' from the
nineteenth century, a trivet being a stand for a pot or kettle placed over an
open fire; this may be found in Charles Dickens's _Pickwick Papers_ of 1837: "'I
hope you are well, sir.' 'Right as a trivet, sir,' replied Bob Sawyer". About
the same time, or a little later, people were saying
that things were 'as
right as ninepence', 'as right as a book', 'as right as nails', or 'as right as
'Right as rain' is a latecomer to this illustrious collection of
curious similes. It may have first appeared at the very end of the nineteenth
century, but the first example I can find is from Max Beerbohm's book _Yet
Again_ of 1909: "He looked, as himself would undoubtedly have said, 'fit as a
fiddle,' or 'right as rain.' His cheeks were rosy, his eyes sparkling". Since
then it has almost
completely taken over from the others.
It makes no more
sense than the variants it has usurped and is clearly just a play on words
(though perhaps there's a lurking idea that rain often comes straight down, in a
right line, to use the old sense). But the alliteration was undoubtedly why it
was created and has helped its survival. 'As right as ninepence' has had a good
run, too, for much the same reason, but that has vanished even in Britain since
we decimalised the coinage and since ninepence stopped being worth very
World Wide Words is copyright (c) Michael B Quinion 2000.
Have you already decided to subscribe (of course for free!) send the the message
SUBSCRIBE WORLDWIDEWORDS to the list server email@example.com
>.4.- AT SEA AGAIN
Our dear friend and SHARER, Marcelo Andrés García from the
Schools of English Association (SEA) sends us this announcement :
SEA (Schools of English Association) will hold its "Cuarta
Reunión de Asociados" on Saturday 16th December at 3:00 p.m. at
the ESSARP auditorioum, Esmeralda 672 8º piso Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
SEA is a non-profit association of English Language Schools
from all over the country. Its main aim is to defend the rights and advancement
of the cause of the private schools, institutes and centres for the teaching of
English (enseñanza no-oficial) in our country. More information on the meeting
or on how to join the
association can be requested from :
Schools of English
Avda. Córdoba 435 3ro. "B", Buenos Aires
Tel/Fax: (011) 4311-1033 -
5.- EVERYBODY & CO.
Dear Omar and Marina:
I'm Laura Rostan, from Rosario.
First of all, I'd like to thank you both for keeping in touch with your cheerful
and helpful shares. I really enjoy reading them all, then I print them and SHARE
them with other fellow teachers from one of the schools where I work.We are
eager to put everything on practice.
Last but not least, I want to SHARE a
well-known piece of writing. It's a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked
to do it.
Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done
it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised
wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody
when actually Nobody asked Anybody.
Thanks for your sharing once again.
A huge double hug,
Thank YOU, Laura and keep on SHARING !!
6.- TEORIAS CONTEMPORANEAS DEL
Next Saturday 16th December Dr. José Antonio Castorina will
lecture (in Spanish) on "Algunos de los
problemas de las teorías contemporáneas del aprendizaje". His
lecture will include, among others, the following topics : theories as
research programmes and their problems (the case of the psycho-
genetic school, cognitivism and socio-historical psyuchology). The
difficulties of these "programmes" and their contribution to the
development of knowledge. For further information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the Web
site: endizajehoy.com.ar/eppec7.- BERNIEH´S CORNER
Find below the
invitation to a virtual conference on education, from Israel. Its theme is "Opening Gates in Teacher Education",
something I regard very
close to your activities and to the activities of many
there are no fees involved.
As a side
commentary, I attended a virtual conference in 1977 which had
similar to this one, and it was a extremely valuable experience: I had a paper accepted, made a lot of friends
throughout the world, gave an
online one-hour "live" presentation, attended a few of other presentations, and learned many interesting things. So, I
encourage you and anybody
interested in the subject to join this Conference.
proposals - International Virtual Conference for Teacher
Dates: February 12-14,
Web Site: http://vcisrael.macam.ac.il
Opening Gates in Teacher Education is the first virtual
conference out of Israel where
teacher educators will discuss important issues pertaining to
Education. The conference, as reflected in its title, will emphasize the opening of gates to new fields and interests, to new
ways of thinking and
teaching, to the state of the art in research and innovative projects.
provides the means for you to meet and discuss issues of utmost importance with colleagues and prominent educators from all
areas of teacher
For a complete
listing of presentation formats, themes, topics, and the proposal form, please visit our pre-conference Web site at
Visit our site
and sign up for more information and updates. Send
questions and/or comments to the conference organizers at: email@example.com
Jean Vermel and
Elaine Hoter (Conference
This conference is sponsored by the Mofet Institute,
8.- A "SERIOUS"
WARNING FROM BERNIEH
A little bit
jealous of our column "A Sense of Humour", Bernieh has decided
to contribute decidedly in that direction this week. He
" This fake
story I'm enclosing below is part of an example
found in the Internet. It is funny, and has already put
on my mind (grin) ... would it
work in Argentina? Maybe yes, so be
worried about his final test, because he knew he would fail.
hadn't done any
work at all. When he entered the test room, he took a question paper and two answer papers. Instead of writing the exam,
he wrote a letter to his
mother: "Dear Mum: I've finished my exam. It was easy. Now I'm
just sitting in the exam room waiting for Paul to finish. It's been a
At the end of
the exam, Jerry handed in the letter to his mother. He kept the
other answer booklet, and went straight home. When he got there, he
took out all
his books, and he wrote the perfect exam paper in the empty booklet. As soon as he had finished, he mailed the exam booklet to
his mother. Then he
waited. The next day, Jerry's professor called. "It seems you
gave us the wrong answer booklet," he said. "You gave us a letter to
"Oh my God!" said Jerry. "I must have sent the answers to Mum!
I'll call her right away, and have her send them to you."
"OK," said the
professor. "We'll wait until it arrives, and then mark it. Be
more careful next time!"
9.- ADVENTURE WEEKEND IN THE CORDOBA
dear SHARERS, Pierre Stapley and Denis Dunn write to us :
Dunn and Stapley
have now finished making plans for
their "Exploration & Adventure Weekend" in the Cordoba
which will take place in February 2001. There are two weekends to choose from:
1.- Friday 2nd February to Monday 5th February
2.-Friday 9th February to Monday 12th February.
The fee for the whole weekend is
accommodation, food and tuition. Full
information about the weekend can be found on the Dunn and Stapley website - www.dunnandstapley.20m.com
If you have any further questions,
then please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
10.- REPORT ON THE POWER OF THE INTERNET FOR
The American Congress established a Commission to conduct a thorough
study of the critical pedagogical and policy issues affecting the development
and use of
WWW-based content and learning strategies to improve achievement
at the K-12
(Kindergarten through Year 12) and postsecondary
The report, "The Power of the Internet for
Learning: Moving from Promise to
will be released on
Thursday, December 14th, 2000 at 9:30 a.m. in Washington, DC. and might be
of interst to teachers all over the world for , information, reference and
comparative purposes. Copies of the report will be posted on the
Commission's website http://www.webcommission.org
press conference will be webcast on http://webcommission.org
information about the Commission, its members, mission, past
activities is available on the Commission's web site or by connecting
Irene Spero, External Relations Director email@example.com
11.- BUSINESS ENGLISH TRAINING PROGRAMME ON
in Teaching Business English (CTBE)
Offered Online by Sue
Teachers of English as a Second
Language (ESL) who want to teach Business English (BE) and English for Specific
Purposes (ESP) to foreign professionals in the U.S. and
International English teachers who
want to learn the latest methods and teach in their own
The CTBE Program is designed in a
modular style and can be studied at your convenience since all materials,
activities and discussions are available to you 24/7online at our
state-of-the-art learning environment. Each of the 12 modules is interconnected
to the central theme of business, and the program is approximately 60 hours in
length. Each module of the program comes complete with in-class tasks, an
adaptable sample lesson plan, suggestions for materials, tips on methodology and
techniques, and critique sheets.
They are 12 all in all and include among other
topics : Presentations, Meetings,
Negotiations, Interviewing, Telephoning,
English and Business
Dates: February 1- March 31,
Multimedia Pentium computer, Netscape 4.0 (or higher) OR Internet Explorer 4.0
Registrations for the
February-March online session are now being accepted
In our last issue when we listed the names of the
students that are soon to join the Comisión Promotora y Organizadora of the
Argentine Forum of Teachers and
Students of English, we wrongly quoted that Miss
Elisabet Guber, one of the students´representatives belonged to Instituto
Superior del Profesorado Juan XXIII - Bahía Blanca when in fact Elisabet´s
affiliation is :
Universidad Nacional del
Comahue - Escuela Superior de Idiomas - General Roca
To her and the rest of the Committee we wish
the very best in the difficult endeavours of giving the final shape to the Forum
and organizing the 8th Congress to be held in the city of Mendoza in 2001.
Our dear friend and SHARER from
Uruguay, Andrea Davies, sent us this beautiful poem by Laura Baker Haynes. Very appropriate to
survive the last days of the school year.
And calm the rough
Faith can change
While leading us
All this I can grant, with
For countless are the
14.- BILINGUAL EDUCATION IN STATE
SCHOOLS IN THE CITY OF B.A.
About this latest educational innovation of the Government of the
City of Buenos
Aires of special relevance to teachers in the metropolitan area, we
will reproduce in an abridged form the report we received from Ing. Eduardo
Cosso, Agencia de Noticias Educativas - Secretaría de Extensión Universitaria,
Cultura y Comunicación Social del Rectorado de la Universidad Tecnológica
Nacional on 7th December. The report is based on news published in Clarín, La
Nación, Página 12 y BAH:
"Clases bilingües en
12 escuelas publicas de la Capital
Casi 900 alumnos de primer
grado tendrán materias en español y en otro
idioma. Podrá ser inglés,
francés, italiano o portugués.
La vicejefa de Gobierno, Cecilia Felgueras, y
el secretario de Educación, Daniel Filmus, presentaron ayer el programa
acompañados de otros funcionarios del área y de representantes del British
Council, del gobierno de Québec (Canadá) y de las embajadas de Brasil, Italia,
Francia y Portugal. "Las escuelas están ubicadas en barrios cuya población tiene
muchas dificultades para acceder a la enseñanza de otra lengua. Esta es una
experiencia pedagógica muy importante, una apuesta a favor de la escuela pública
y un nuevo impulso a la tradición multilingüe de la educación porteña", comentó
Después de presentar el programa, el secretario de Educación
convocó a los
profesores de idiomas que estén interesados en dar clases. (a
anotarse) en las sedes de los distritos escolares los días 12, 13 y 14 de
este mes. Además de los requisitos establecidos por el Estatuto del Docente, los
profesores tendrán que superar una entrevista personal. Y aceptar actividades
intensivas de capacitación durante febrero.
Los maestros del segundo idioma
darán tres horas-cátedra por día de lunes a
jueves y los viernes se
reunirán para evaluar la experiencia."
Of the 12 schools that will take part in the experience, six will be
devoted to English:
Escuela 15 Distrito Escolar 19 Address : Portela
Escuela 6 Distrito Escolar 21 Address : N.
Escuela 13 Distrito Escolar
5 Address : Salom 332
Escuela 11 Distrito Escolar
6 Address : Humberto 1ro 3171
Escuela 15 Distrito Escolar
8 Address : Saraza 1353
Escuela 22 Distrito Escolar 11 Address :
Avelino Diaz 2353
Only teachers who have duly enrolled in the City Register (
Listados Oficiales) for 2001 will be able to apply for a position in these pilot
A POEM FOR MY FRIENDS
Our very dear friend Alicia
Nasca from Tucumán has sent us this most amusing
poem which she received through the Net and dedicates to all her
A most welcome contribution at this time of
the year when everyone is lookng for that miracle diet that will help him or her
lose the 20 odd kilos he or she put on through this year´s long, long
I have a new delightful friend,
most in awe of her.
When we first met I was impressed,
By her bizarre
That day I had a date with friends,
We met to have some
Mae had come along with them,
All in all ... a pleasant
When the menus were presented,
We ordered salads,
sandwiches, and soups.
Except for Mae who
And said, Ice Cream, please: two scoops.
I was not sure
my ears heard right,
And the others were aghast.
Along with heated apple
Mae added, completely unabashed.
We tried to act quite
As if people did this all the time.
But when our orders were
I did not enjoy mine.
I could not take my eyes off
As her pie a-la-mode went down.
The other ladies showed
They ate their lunches silently, and frowned.
Well, the next
time I went out to eat,
I called and invited Mae.
My lunch contained white
She ordered a parfait.
I smiled when her dish I
And she asked if she amused me.
I answered, Yes, you do,
also you confuse me.
How come you order rich desserts,
When I feel I
must be sensible?
She laughed and said, with wanton mirth,
I am tasting all that's
I try to eat the food I need,
And do the things I
But life's so short, my friend, indeed,
I hate missing out on
This year I realized how old I was,
She grinned, I've
not been this old before.
So, before I die, I've got to
Those things for years I had ignored.
I've not smelled all the
There's too many books I have not read.
There's more fudge
sundaes to wolf down,
And kites to be flown
There are many malls I have not shopped,
I've not laughed at all the
I've missed a lot of Broadway Hits,
And potato chips and
I want to wade again in water,
And feel ocean spray upon my
Sit in a country church once more,
And thank God for It's
I want peanut butter every day,
Spread on my morning
I want un-timed long-distance calls,
To the folks I love the
I've not cried at all the movies yet,
Nor walked in the morning
I need to feel wind in my hair,
I want to fall in love
So, if I choose to have dessert,
Instead of having
Then should I die before night fall,
I'd say I died a
Because I missed out on nothing,
I filled my heart's
I had that final chocolate mousse,
Before my life
With that, I called the waitress over,
I've changed my mind,
I said, I want what she is having,
Only add some more
Alicia says "Gems may be precious, but friendship is
priceless". Then, we are richer to have Alicia as a
Wow! It´s high time we stopped revising and
sent this issue to you. We do not want to part this time without sharing
with you one of the most moving messages
we received this year. It is from a dear SHARER from Salto :
Queridos Omar y Marina
Mil gracias por enviarnos la revista SHARE. Es hermosa y me siento identificada con ella. Me alegre mucho cuando leí que Marina esta mejor. De hecho, yo había
rezado por ella y tambien por todos aquellos que pasan por situaciones
Gracias por brindarnos no sólo lo intelectual y profesional
sino también lo humano, donde en definitiva , se encuentra la
Que Dios los bendiga y los proteja, y los siga iluminando para
que hagan tanto bien como hasta ahora
Los quiero mucho
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK
Omar and Marina
SHARE is distributed
free of charge. All announcements in this electronic magazine are also
absolutely free of charge. We do not endorse any of the services announced or
the views expressed by the contributors.
E-mail addresses are normally withheld unless
the people or institutions concerned explicitly express in their postings to us
their wish to have their electronic address published.
If a friend wishes to receive this
electronic magazine tell him or her to send an e-mail to us with his or her
details. We love to hear from the people with whom we SHARE
but for subscription purposes NAME and CITY are enough. All other details