A WISH FOR THE
May your hair,
your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not
fall; and May your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol,
your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.
May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist,
your gastro-endocrinologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your
podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber and the IRS.
May you find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour
in less than an hour, and when you get there May you find a parking space.
May what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others see in you delight them.
May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish
dinner, and May your check book and your budget balance, and May they
include generous amounts for charity.
May you remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parent; but not to your secretary, your nurse, your masseuse, your hairdresser or your tennis instructor !
May we live as intended, in a world at peace and the awareness of the beauty in every sunset, every flower's unfolding petals, every baby's smile and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.
(3) PEP-UP MESSAGES
We are so proud of the many messages we keep receiving that we wanted to tell you. We know that as real friends you would be happy to hear about the nice things people write to us. As a token, just a few of those words that keep us going :
"Your page is something I look forward to finding in my PC at home every evening, when I turn it on back from work ( tired !!) .It is a great joy to read your SHARES - Big hug" -(Elida Messina)
"You will never know how thankful I am to have attended your lecture at Colegio La Salle,not only because I enjoy your talks but because it has given me the opportunity of forming part of your e-mail list. With your e- mails I can smile and I can close my eyes and imagine myself dancing and singing in the classroom ( honestly I believe it must be more rewarding than teaching Grammar at the Profesorado).- So I just wanted to tell you and Marina: THANK YOU...." (Susana Bosso: firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Dear Omar, Thank you for SHARE ! Have a great
time. Happiest. "( Philip Prowse)
(4) FIRST CONGRESS ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH
The Area de Idiomas Extranjeros de la Universidad Nacional del Litoral , together with Institutos Superiores del Profesorado "Alte G. Brown", "Estela G. de Cervera", "San Roque" and Asociaciones Santafecina de Profesores de Inglés , Argentina de Cultura Inglesa de Santa Fé y de Ex-alumnas del Instituto "Estela G. de Cervera" and Advice Prep School are organizing this FIRST REGIONAL CONGRESS to be held from May 25th through 27th , 2000 in the city of Santa Fé.
The event which has the sponsorship of the Asociaciones de Profesores de Inglés de Paraná, Concepción del Uruguay, Concordia y San Nicolás will consist of Plenary and Semi-Plenary Lectures, Workshops and Oral and Poster Sessions, and the special participation of keynote speakers from the Universities of Canterbury,Durham and Southampton.
Abstracts for Presentations can be submitted up to February 25th . These will be evaluated by the Academic Committee made up of prestigious colleagues from several National Universities : Prof. Daniel Fernandez, Prof. M. Isabel Recamán, Prof. Raquel Lothringer de Rossi, Prof. Marta Benedetti and Prof, Cristina Mayol.
Further information can be obtained from e-mail email@example.com or from http://www.unl.edu.ar/congress . You can also phone or fax 0342-4571122 or 0342-4533392 or write to Boulevard Pellegrini 2750 (3000) Santa Fé.The Topics of the Congress include Teacher Training, Research Training and Development, Degrees Upgrading, National and International graduate Programmes, Integrating Research and Pedagody, Educational Research and Classroom Research, Reflective practice, among a number of others.
All in all a highly promising event . We wish the Organizing Committee presided over by Prof. Elsa Grimaldi all the best and every success in this endeavour .
(5) ENGLISH IS A CRAZY LANGUAGE
Let´s face it: English is a crazt language. There is no egg in eggplant or ham in hamburger, neither apple nor pine in pineapple...
English muffins were not invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies, white sweetbreads, which aren´t sweet, are meat. Boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don´t fing, grocers don´t groce, and hammers don´t ham ? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn´t the plural of booth beeth ? One goose, 2 geese. So, one moose, 2 meese ? Is cheese the plural of choose ?
If teachers taught, why don´t we say that preachers praught ? If a vegeterian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat ?
In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital ?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship ? Have noses that run and feet that smell ? Park on driveways and drive on parkways ?
When a house burns up, it burns down. You will fill in a form by filling it out, and an alarm clock goes off by going on.
When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
And why, when I wind up my watch, do I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it ?
Thomas Payne, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
(6) CUP ONE-DAY ACADEMIC SEMINAR OF 2000
Cultural Inglesa Domínico announces a series of Workshops for Teachers of English to be held on its premises during the month of February. They will be taught by Prof. Cristina Araujo and will comprise a number of topics of interest for the EFL practicioner : "Multimedia", "Lesson Planning", "Project Work", "Video Sessions" and "Choosing a Textbook".
Enrolment and further information at Avda Mitre 4616 - Domínico. -4207-8128 - Cide@cscom.com.ar
(8) LAST MINUTE NEWS FROM SALTA
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