An Ideas Page by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Number 5      December 3rd  1999
We are very happy : The list keeps growing ....We are about 500 now. We got an enormous amount of mail too and wanted to share some of this with you :
Number One (does order in a sequence always have to imply merit ? In passing
I hate being listed in Alphabetical oder : V -illarreal . You never get a Mr
Xilophone ! This is from Hebe a teacher at the Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano in Asunción, Paraguay
Dear Omar and Marina,


 THANKS!!!   LOVE,  
Here´s Number 2 from an old friend from Trelew, Dick Duprat, the author of "Welsh Settlement in Patagonia" (1996) :
Dear Omar and Marina,
Thanks for your messages. I do appreciate your good will in sending them to me, humble insect of the Patagonian fauna.
I am planning a trip to BA for next Jan or Feb and then I would like to share a good cup of some Scottish liquid with you folks.
Big hug to you all.
Dick Duprat
BY THE WAY, "Do you want to learn some words of Welsh ? Here are just a few :
Croeso (croy-so) = welcome
Tre (treh) = town
Trelew (treh-lay-oo) = town of Lewis
Ffacs (faks) = fax
e-bost (ay-bawst) = e-mail
Rhyngrhwyd (rhahng-roo-eed) Internet "
Where did I get this from ? Well , it´s all in my book POLIMODAL ENGLISH 3 which has just been published by MACMILLAN HEINEMANN . A book that you
and your students cannot afford to miss !
Now seriously, let´s go on with the messages.
Here´s Number Three from a beloved teacher ... and a most saintly one. Maria Isabel is a lecturer in Phonology II and Head of the Phonology Lab at Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico de la UTN and certainly a teacher we all love . This is what she writes:
Hi!!!! Thanks a lot for sending me share 4.
Since this page is to be shared, I would like to share with you part of a message that was sent by Lorena Lara:
"Atesora cada momento que vivas y atesóralo más si lo compartiste con alguien especial, lo suficientemente especial como para dedicarle tu tiempo y recuerda que el tiempo no espera por nadie. 
Ayer es historia.  Mañana es misterio.  Por eso es que se le llama el presente!!!
El tiempo no espera para ninguno. Atesora cada momento que tengas.
I thought it was worth reflecting on it and thought you might think so too.
Best wishes to you and Marina. (Kids are included too)
María Isabel Santa
Here´s Number Four from a former lecturer at Universities of Mar del Plata and del Comahue who is now running her own LINK EDUCATIONAL SERVICES. 
Ms Engelbert writes :  
Dear Marina and Omar,
I'd like to congratulate you for SHARE and wish you lots of luck in your endeavours.Today I received the Nov 99 copy and I'd like to "SHARE" some thoughts with you :
"... Renewing yourself every day is more than a step. It is a philosophy - an outlook on life. It is reminding yourself each day that you are alive and that there is so much you want to accomplish in your life. It confirms what is truly important to you...".
With this in mind, I'd appreciate if you helped me fowarding my e-mail address to those Teachers of English and Students at TTC who might be interested in :
* Starting a DISCUSSION GROUP to exchange ideas about at national and  international level.
* Receiving info about INTENSIVE ELT Courses for Teachers in USA, Europe, Australia & New Zealand.
Mrs Cantiello, with whom I'm in permanent contact, co-author of the methodology classic, "Natural Communication Methodology - An Update ..." (with Haydee Fabricant) also sends you her best regards.
Thanks in advance and...keep it up!!
Best wishes.
Diana M. Englebert Moody
Here´s Number Five from Bethina Viale, a lecturer in Taller Integrador, Phonetics II and British History at a College of Education in Rosario :
Dear Omar and Marina,
I've received your e-mails and I'm so happy about the idea of sharing.
A few years ago, I "invented" what I call "Sharing Day".  The idea is simple: once a week a student brings something in English ( originally they were my
First Certificate students) to share with the rest of the class.
Of course, he/she is the one who is in charge of how to develop the activity__  and I certainly enjoy these 10 or 15 minutes. You can't imagine the wide variety of things they've come up with during all these years; from songs to poems to games to videos, etc. 
As a matter of fact, I've also included Sharing Day in my "Profesorado" subjects
Here's just a sample, I do hope you enjoy it.

It' s wondrous what a hug can do

A hug can cheer you when you're blue.

A hug can say, I love you so

Or, "Gee! I hate to see you go !"

A hug is, Welcome back again! "

And, "Great to see you! "Or

"Where have you been?"

A hug can soothe a small child's pain

And bring a rainbow after rain

The hug! There's just no doubt about it

We scarcely could live without it.

A hug delights and warms and charms

It must be why God gave us arms.

Hugs are great for fathers and mothers

Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers

And chances are some favourite aunts

Love them more than potted plants.

Kittens crave them. Puppies love them

Heads of State are not above them.

A hug can break the language barrier

And make the dullest day seem merrier

No need to fret you about the store of 'em

The more you give

The more there are of 'em

So stretch those arms without delay

And give someone a hug today.

posted by Bethina Viale
WOW  !!  We are over with mails today. Believe us : we really enjoy reading it . We look forward to receiving yours too. 
And now before we say goodbye...a small surprise for you.
A song for teacher´s private consumption, we believe, although you could also use it with older students who can activate their analysis and evaluation skills to the full. 
Typical questions from the students ? 
What is La Vida Loca ? Drugs ?  What or Who is "she" ? A kind of drug ?
Oh dear, Oh dear this boy really enjoys toying with ambiguity !! 

Ricky Martin - Livin La Vida Loca

She's into superstitions

Black cats and voodoo dolls

I feel a premonition

That girl's gonna make me fall.

She's into new sensations

New kids in the candle light

She's got a new addiction

For every day and night.

She'll make you take your clothes off

And go dancing in the rain

She'll make you live the crazy life

Oh, she´ll take away your pain

Like a bullet to your brain

Upside inside out

She's living la Vida loca

She'll push and pull you down

living la Vida loca

Her lips are devil red

And her skin is the colour mocha

She will wear you out

 living la Vida loca

Living la vida loca

Welcome to New York City

In a funky cheap hotel

She took my heart and she took my money

She must´ve slipped me a sleeping pill

She never drinks the water

makes you order French Champagne

And once you had a taste of her

You'll never be the same

and she'll make you go insane

(c) This song is protected by copyright 

But, you , our dear ELT labourer you can indulge in a healthy "vida loca" if only for this weekend.


Omar and Marina

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