An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac ©


Year 4                    Number 97               February 8th 2003


           More than 4400 SHARERS are reading this issue of SHARE this week


Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being SHARED





All good things come to end and our summer holidays could be no exception. Next Monday will, for many of us, mark the end of the summer holidays 2002. In Colleges of Education within Provincia de Buenos Aires, the dreaded (both by students and teachers alike) make-up period starts. Yes, we have a make-up period in Higher Education round here. Many others, especially, but not exclusively, at private schools start their “duty” (guardias) and the endless (and tiring!) series of teachers´ meetings for planning, choosing coursebooks, decorating classrooms and corridors and , of course, there´s always the make-ups ( and the make-ups of the make-ups), exams and the like.

On Thursday Marina underwent a minor surgical procedure and in two weeks doctors will tell us whether she´s got to be operated upon or not. It has kept her kind of (notice I said “kind of”) quiet ( and silent!) over the last two days. She´s feeling better now but she´s not still her old and very dynamic self, yet. She´ll be much better on Monday to start her duty at school.    

This is going to be a long issue of SHARE with plenty of offers for courses and publishers´ seminars and presentations. So it´s goodbye for now and as my good friend Bernieh says





Omar and Marina






1.-    The Benefits of Extensive Reading (Part One).

2.-    Are you looking? The Importance of eye contact.    

3.-    Licentiate Diploma in Applied Drama.

4.-    News from Oxford University Press.

5.-    Words of the Year 2002.

6.-    News from Pearson Education.

7.-    Scholarships Announced. 

8.-    First Annual Symposium in Cali, Colombia.       

9.-    News from Cambridge University Press.      

10-    Advice Summer Seminar.

11-    Seminar on Motivation and Rapport.

12-    News from Macmillan.

13-    Programa de Metodología Innovadora.

14-    Conference on Applied Drama: An update.







Our dear SHARER Mary Ryan from Montevideo, Uruguay, wants to SHARE this article with all of us. Part Two of this interesting article (together with bibliographical references) will be published in our next issue. 



The Language Learning Benefits of Extensive Reading

Paul Nation

Victoria University of Wellington



The idea that learners can develop their language knowledge through extensive reading is attractive for several reasons. First, reading is essentially an individual activity and therefore learners of different proficiency levels could be learning at their own level without being locked into an inflexible class program. Second, it allows learners to follow their interests in choosing what to read and thus increase their motivation for learning. Third, it provides the opportunity for learning to occur outside the classroom.

However, before investing time and money in an extensive reading program, it is necessary to be sure that the learning that occurs from it is not restricted solely to the improvement of reading fluency, even though this in itself is a useful goal. This article looks at the language learning benefits from extensive reading, looking both at extensive reading of texts prepared for native speakers and those prepared for non-native speakers.

An important issue considered in this article is the vocabulary load of the texts that learners should read in extensive reading. Laufer's (1989) research suggests that learners need to be familiar with at least 95% of the running words in a text if they want to comprehend and thus perhaps learn from the text. In the following section we will see if texts for native speakers can meet these requirements.


Extensive Reading by Non-native Speakers of Texts Written for Young Native Speakers


The "book flood" studies reviewed by Elley (1991) show striking increases made on measures of language use, language knowledge, and academic performance. The studies of extensive reading that Elley was involved in are the most substantial in terms of length (12-36 months) and number of students (from over a hundred to several thousand). The book flood studies involved learners spending the greater part of their class time reading books that interested them.

The measures of language use in Elley, and Elley and Mangubhai's studies included measures of oral language, reading comprehension, and writing. An interesting finding in some of the studies was the improvement made in writing, which appeared most dramatically in the tests given two years after the beginning of the book flood. Elley and Mangubhai (1981b, p. 23) comment that:

It is tempting to conclude that the Book Flood pupils had reached a threshold level in their language growth which enabled them to exploit their passive vocabulary and to produce more fluent interesting language of their own, an accomplishment which the Control group pupils were not ready for.


The improvements in reading, listening, and oral language were equally striking but not so unexpected, because the "shared book" approach used in one of the groups of classes involved learners in listening, reading, and orally joining in with the reading of a story.

The language knowledge measures included word recognition where learners have to read aloud a list of words, vocabulary knowledge, and grammar. The vocabulary knowledge measures did not measure total vocabulary size or vocabulary growth.

The measures of academic success involved the examinations used across the school system. Learners in the book flood groups had a greater than normal success rate in these examinations. Although there were no formal measures of learners' attitudes to reading, informal observation and teacher reports indicated that book flood learners enjoyed reading.

These studies present compelling evidence of the improvements in second language acquisition that can be brought about by such programs. Elley (1991, pp. 378-379) attributes the success to five factors.


1. Extensive input of meaningful print.

2. Incidental learning.

3. The integration of oral and written activity.

4. Focus on meaning rather than form.

5. High intrinsic motivation.


The control groups in the studies were classes following a syllabus of language items that were presented one by one with substantial amounts of form focused activity.

The books that were used in the experiments were generally "well-illustrated, and used only common-sense controls over the presentation of vocabulary and structures" (Elley & Mangubhai, 1981a, p. 26). There was language control only to the extent that "appropriateness of difficulty and interest were the guiding principles of book selection" (Elley, 1991, p. 402). The books used were not graded readers but were ones that young native speakers of English would read. The children in the book flood studies were aged from 6 to 12 years old, and so the content matter of such books was appropriate.


Extensive Reading with Graded Readers


In two experiments, one conducted with second language learners in England for a maximum of 60 hours (Tudor & Hafiz, 1989; Hafiz & Tudor, 1989), and one with learners in Pakistan for a maximum of 90 hours (Hafiz & Tudor, 1990), Hafiz and Tudor looked at the effect of extensive reading of graded readers on learners´ language use. The study in England used standardised reading and writing measures and analyses of the students´ writing, while the study in Pakistan used only analyses of students' writing. Even with these limited and indirect measures, improvement was seen particularly in writing. There was no significant change in the vocabulary used in writing for the group in England, but this is not surprising as the vocabulary of the graded readers was probably far below the learners' vocabulary level (Hafiz & Tudor, 1990, p. 36). There were some indications that the simplified syntax of the graded readers seemed to encourage the learners to simplify the syntax in their own writing. All of Hafiz and Tudor's measures were of language use. It is likely if they included more direct measures of vocabulary size, word recognition, and English structures as Elley and Mangubhai did, then there would be even more signs of improvement. Tsang (1996) also found very positive effects of simplified reading on learners´ writing performance.



(c) Copyright 1997 Paul Nation


Due to restrictions in the format of SHARE we regret to inform that we had to delete a number of tables that were included in the original article as submitted by Ms Ryan. Please find the complete article in:







Our dear SHARER Marcela Castillo Buñol from Mendoza, Argentina has sent us this article and an encouraging message. Thank you ,Marcela for your cooperation and support!  


Eye contact findings may change new-age technology

Eye contact shown to affect conversation patterns, group problem-solving ability



Noting that the eyes have long been described as mirrors of the soul, a Queen's computer scientist is studying the effect of eye gaze on conversation and the implications for new-age technologies, ranging from video conferencing to speech recognition systems.


Dr. Roel Vertegaal, who is presenting a paper on eye gaze at an  international conference in New Orleans this week, has found evidence to  suggest a strong link between the amount of eye contact people receive and their degree of participation in group communications. Eye contact is known to  increase the number of turns a person will take when part of a group conversation. The goal of this study was to determine what type of "gaze"  (looking at a person's eyes and face) is required to have this effect.


Two conditions were studied: synchronized (where eye contact is made while the subject is speaking) and random contact, received at any time in the  conversation. The Queen's study showed that the total amount of gaze received during a group conversation is more important than when the eye contact occurs.


The findings have important implications for the design of future communication devices, including more user-friendly and sensitive video conferencing systems - a technology increasingly chosen in business for economic and time-saving reasons - and Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVEs) which support communication between people and machines. Dr. Vertegaal's  group is also implementing these findings to facilitate user interactions with large groups of computers such as personal digital assistants and cellular phones.


The eye contact experiment used computer-generated images from actors who  conveyed different levels of attention (gazing at the subject, gazing at the other actor, looking away, and looking down). These images were presented to the subjects, who believed they were in an actual three-way video conferencing  situation, attempting to solve language puzzles. The researchers concluded that  people in group discussions will speak up more if they receive a greater amount

of eye contact from other group members. There was no relationship between the impact of the eye contact and when it occurred.


 “The effect of eye gaze has literally fascinated people throughout the ages," says Dr. Vertegaal, whose paper, Explaining Effects of Eye Gaze on Mediated Group Conversations: Amount or Synchronization? was presented this  week at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work.


"Sumerian clay tablets dating back to 3000 BC already tell the story of Ereshkigal, goddess of the underworld, who had the power to kill Inanna, goddess of love, with a deadly eye," says Dr. Vertegaal. "Now that we are  attempting to build more sophisticated conversational interfaces that mirror  the communicative capabilities of their users, it has become clear we need to

learn more about communicative functions of gaze behaviours."


© Copyright 2002, Queen's News & Media Services






Our dear SHARER Ana María Rossi de Bergel sends us this message:



----- Original Message -----

From: Ana María Rozzi de Bergel

To: Share

Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2003 1:20 PM

Subject: Applied Drama


Dear Omar,


Marina seems to be the opposite kind of person from me: I throw everything away. I haven't kept reviews or photos of my theatre career, despite the fact that it has been quite successful. The result is that people don't believe I have one. And I couldn't care less! My husband and daughters hide away from me things they want to keep. Why is it that I don't have a connection with objects or records of my past? I wonder. It's most amazing. Spring cleaning at home is a very conflicting time, with me throwing everything away and my family going to the garbage every ten minutes to retrieve some cherished - useless, to my way of thinking - property which will otherwise be lost.


Anyway, this is not what I wanted to communicate. The real message is below and it is not only meant to advertise my Applied Drama course but also to remind our colleagues of the fact that their crave for Applied Drama courses has already been catered for, at least partially. Two years ago, nobody was even using the label "Applied Drama", do you remember? It was difficult for us, at CENTUM, to enroll students because they did not understand what we were offering and thought it was "a theatre workshop". Now, Applied Drama even has a conference. I'm delighted.


All the best,


Ana María




CENTUM Servicios de Idiomas, a pioneer in teacher education and the first Trinity College London authorised teacher-training centre in Argentina, announces that enrolment is open for its 3rd Licentiate Diploma in Applied Drama (for TEFL) course, moderated by Trinity College London, (Drama, Speech, Music and Dance Department).


This is a unique, internationally-valid, full teaching qualification for experienced or graduate teachers. CENTUM created this course in 2000 in response to teachers' needs and interest in the field of Applied Drama and in the hope of developing an awareness of the importance of the discipline both for teaching EFL and for teacher education.


The course integrates drama, the study of cognitive processes, syllabus and materials design and methodology while at the same time training teachers in the basic skills of acting, storytelling, mime and puppetry.


Lessons for the LTCL in Applied Drama (for TEFL) are on Saturdays, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Only experienced or graduate teachers are admitted and to pass the course students have to complete a portfolio of classwork; teach, video-tape, self-evaluate and discuss a lesson based on Applied Drama principles and write a 5,000-word dissertation on a practical application of drama for TEFL.


CENTUM's Applied Drama tutors, are:


Lic.Ana María R. de Bergel: Course director, programme designer and Applied Drama

for TEFL tutor. 

Lic. Alberto Ivern: Mime and Body Expression tutor.

Prof. Angélica Violante: Puppetry

Alfred Hopkins, B.A.: Acting and Storytelling.


For further information, contact: CENTUM Servicios de Idiomas

Bartolomé Mitre 811 - 4º T: 4328-2385 / 15-5110-4988 - e-mail:






Our dear SHARER Paula Coudannes Landa, ELT Sales Co-ordinator for Oxford University Press, announces:   





Saturday 22 February, from 9:00 to 13:00.

Venue: Museo Social Argentino, Av. Corrientes 1723, Ciudad de Buenos Aires.


In this seminar, you will have the opportunity of attending two different sessions:


On Board across the Curriculum by Fernando Armesto


Everyone on board! Let's start an exciting journey across the curriculum!

Let's sail the friendly waters of subject-content areas like Science, History, Art, Geography and Maths. Let's explore innovative and creative ways to implement an integrated curriculum model. Let's discover how to teach much more than English  at the same time that we teach much more English.


In this session, we will share ideas on Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Models, Cummins' Model: Language and Cognition, the Project Approach, the Topic Approach and the Integrated Language Teaching Model.


Testing between the Lines by Susan Hillyard">

            SBS,  27 de abril 227, 0351-4236448,



Saturday, 22 February - 9:00 to 16:00 hs

Venue: Colegio Parque España (Secundario), Av. del Huerto 1198

Same Programme of Academic talks and Workshop/ Presentations as in Córdoba (see above)

Enrolment: Librería Ameghino, 0341-4471147, 0341-4498906,

             SBS, 0341-4261276,



Monday, 24 February -  9:00 to 16:00 hs

Venue: Universidad Aconcagua, Lavalle 393

Same Programme of Academic talks and Workshop/ Presentations as in Córdoba (see above)

Enrolment: Centro Internacional del Libro, 0261-4205049,


Bio-data of Presenters


Sagrario Salaberri

Lecturer at the University of Almería (Spain) and teacher trainer. She has worked as Primary School teacher and inspector. She has been involved in the development of curriculum design and curricular material for English as a foreign language in Andalusia. Author of  "Classroom language", "Story telling", "English Club" , "Teamwork Starter" and course consultant of "Big Red Bus". Her most recent publication for Macmillan is "Galaxy."


Charlie López

Charlie holds an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, University of Reading, UK.

Director of Studies of Big Ben Institute, Bs As. Author of  "Whizz Kids" Resource Pack. Produer and presenter of "Yes" TV programme.


Alejandra Ottolina

Alejandra is an Educational Consultant for different schools in Argentina. She is also a COTE RSA Lecturer of the University of Cambridge.


Marcela Marianelli and Gabriel Mohr are currently Macmillan Academic Consultants and they are

also experienced teachers of English.







Our dear SHARER Lic. Oscar Molina, Director Difusión de Acuarell Consultores, has an announcement to make.


PMI - Programa de Metodología Innovadora


PMI es un programa desarrollado por Acuarell Consultores junto a Profesionales de reconocida trayectoria en materia de investigación docente. Comprende en una primera etapa dos módulos, orientadas a: Directores de Instituciones Educativas, Coordinadores ELT; Profesores y Docentes.


Módulo A:   Didáctica a través del Juego-  Programacion Neuro-lingüística


Facilitador:  Lic. Patricia Wilensky - Lic. En Ciencias de la Educación, Master en PNL, ha diseñado juegos didácticos para Anteojito, Billiken,  Juegos de entretenimientos para Canal 11; dicta seminarios de capacitación docente en metodología.


Objetivos y Contenidos: Enseñanza-aprendizaje a través de juegos con contenidos curriculares. Técnicas a partir de las cuales se podrá concebir juegos como medio educativo. Implementación de tecnologías lúdicas adecuadas a las necesidades del aula. Desarrollar nuevos juegos con los alumnos como elemento motivador, aplicando en todos los casos conceptos y herramientas de Programación Neuro-linguistica.


20 y 21 de febrero  -  16 a 20 hs  - (ambos días)


Módulo B: Inteligencia Emocional - La inteligencia del Siglo XXI aplicada a la Educación


Facilitador: Lic. Abel Cortere - Investigador, Director de cursos sobre Inteligencia Emocional, ha dictado seminarios  en el exterior sobre IE en la Educación (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Ecuador)


Objetivos y Contenidos: Aprender sobre la Inteligencia Emocional  y sus cinco habilidades.

Examinar la importancia de los factores afectivos en el proceso de aprendizaje y enseñanza  y descubrir que estrategias puede usar el docente para estimular el desarrollo emocional como parte de la formación humana integral. Favorecer el proceso de la comunicación entre maestro y alumno.Fomentar la correcta expresión de las emociones y sentimientos- Adquirir herramientas para el manejo de los conflictos.Desarrollar todos los recursos de auto-motivación y motivación para estudiar y aprender.-


15 Y  22 de Marzo -  10 a 14.00 hs. (ambos días)


Incripciones : Módulos A Y B: $100 (por una sola persona) 

                $80 (por más de dos  o por persona si es suscriptor de Share)

Módulo A: $  60 (una sola persona) - $50 (mas de dos o por persona si es suscriptor de Share)  Módulo  B:  $  65 (una sola persona) - $55 (mas de dos o por persona si es suscriptor de Share)


Informes e Inscripción: ACUARELL Consultores -  /   o por telefax al: 4823-9315 (líneas rotativas)







Our dear friend and SHARER Celia Zubiri has sent us this addition to the long list of renowned lectures that will speak at her First Annual Conference on Applied Drama to be held on Thursday 27th & Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March at Teatro Santamaría, Montevideo 842 Downtown. Says Celia:


Les comunicamos que se han confirmado dos charlas más:


-Caracterización, un recurso más (la importancia de la caracterización con maquillaje de niños en vivo)-Por Eugenia Tyroller.


-Estilos Coreográficos (tipo taller, optativo, en donde van a tener un acercamiento a las coreografías de los musicales más conocidos). Por Josse Muñoz, Director Coreográfico de The Bs. As. Players.


Nota: para mayor información sobre la programación diaria y C.V. de los disertantes y condiciones de inscripción, remitirse a o The Bs. As. Players: Montevideo 850, Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm. o(54-11) 4812-5307 / 4814-5455







Time to say goodbye again. This time with a joke that our dear SHARER and neighbour Alicia Fraguiero sent to us. Of course Omar loved it! Hope you like it too:


Two women came before wise King Solomon, dragging between them a young man in a three-piece suit.
"This young lawyer agreed to marry my daughter," said one.
"No! He agreed to marry MY daughter," said the other.
And so they haggled before the King until he called for silence. "Bring me my biggest sword," said Solomon, "and I shall hew the young attorney in half. Each of you shall receive a half."
"Sounds good to me," said the first lady.
But the other woman said, "Oh Sire, do not spill innocent blood. Let the other woman's daughter marry him."
The wise king did not hesitate a moment. He proclaimed, "The attorney must marry the first lady's daughter."
"But she was willing to hew him in two!" exclaimed the king's court.
"Indeed," said wise King Solomon. "That shows she is the TRUE mother- in-law."



Omar and Marina.




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The main thrust of this workshop is to compare summative and descriptive evaluation procedures with the aim of dovetailing examination preparation with holistic education.

Topics to be covered include: evaluation in real life, summative and descriptive evaluation in school, assessment and evaluation, writing your own criteria for assessment, an introduction to portfolio assessment and ways into learning to learn/ study skills.


Registration: contact us on 4312-7300, ext. 222 or e-mail us at



Calendar of Events


Bahía Blanca – Planning for Success by Daniel Zavala

Mon 17 February - 18:30 to 20:00 - Esc. Nº 63, Vicente López 1331


Capital Federal - Towards Young Leaners and Adolescents' Learner Training by Silvia Kosaruk

Wed 19 February - 17:00 to 18:30 - ACME Agency, Suipacha 245 1º

Registration : ACME Agency: 4328-1662 -


Martínez - Landmarks in Language Teaching and Learning  by Silvia Kosaruk

Thur 20 February - 10:00 to 12:00 - KEL Ediciones, E.Frers 2228

Registration : OUP: 4312-7300, ext 222


Capital Federal - Creating an Authentic Feel in the ELT Classroom by Paula Coudannes Landa

Mon 24 February - 17:00 to 18:30 - Estari Libros, Viamonte 2052

Registration : Estari Libros: 4374-0014 -


Capital Federal- Landmarks in Language Teaching and Learning by Silvia Kosaruk

Tues 25 February - 10:00 to 12:00 - SBS Palermo, Av. Coronel Díaz 1747

Registration : SBS Palermo: 4821-0206 -


Lomas de Zamora - Creating an Authentic Feel in the ELT Classroom by Miriam D'Amico

Wed 26 February - 10:00 to 12:00 - KEL Ediciones, Italia 172

Registration : OUP: 4312-7300, ext 222


Quilmes - Planning for Success by Silvia Kosaruk

Thur 6 March - 17:00 to 18:30 - SBS Quilmes, Mitre 541

Registration : SBS Quilmes: 4253-3093 -




Río Cuarto - Towards Young Learners and Adolescents' Learner Training by Beatriz de Lares

Thur 20 February - 17:00 to 19:00 - Centro Empresario de Río IV - Constitución 846 Piso 1º

Registration : Lema Libros: Calle Sobremonte 617, (0358) 464-0955/462-3470


Córdoba Capital - Towards Young Learners and Adolescents' Learner Training  by Silvia Kosaruk

Thur 27 February - 16:00 to 18:00 - Asoc. Argentina de Cultura Británica - H. Yrigoyen 496

Registration : Blackpool: (0351) 423-7172 -


Mendoza - Teaching Teens: an Eclectic Formula to Success by Mabel Manzano

Sat 22 February - 9:00 to 12:30 - Colegios de Lenguas & Colegio Universitario Central -San Martín 290 - Mendoza Capital

Registration : CIL: Lavalle 14, (0261) 420-1266 - 



Rosario - Superstars in the classroom by Analía Stringhini

Sat 15 February - 9:00 to 12:00 - SBS Rosario - Santa Fe 1340

Registration : SBS Rosario: (0341) 426-1276 -


All these events are free of charge but registration is essential.


Santa Fe – Capital - Advice Summer Seminar

Thur 20 February – 10:00 to 10:30 Presentation: Happy Earth –

11:00 to 12:30 Testing between the lines  by Susan Hillyard

Registration : Advice Bookshop: (0342) 453-3392 - 






5.-   WORDS OF THE YEAR 2002


The following is a reproduction of the article of the same name published in issue 322 of World Wide Words on Saturday 4 January 2003


Words of the Year 2002


At their annual meeting each January, the members of the American Dialect Society select words and phrases that came to prominence in the previous twelve months. Though those proposing and voting on terms include many academic linguists and dictionary makers, this

is definitely lexicography with its hair down.


That's not to say that the selection is trivial or that it doesn't reflect current concerns. This year's is noticeably more serious that some that have preceded it and has been deeply affected by current political and military concerns. Among the words proposed were "weapons of mass destruction", "regime change" (a change of leadership through external pressure), "axis of evil", and the less serious "Saddameter" (an indicator showing the daily likelihood of war with Iraq), and "Iraqnophobia" (a strong fear of Iraq).


The other major theme this year has been electronic communications,perhaps surprisingly so in view of the bust and the general slowing-down of economic activity in the field. Nominations here included the verb "to Google", to seek online information by means

of the Google search engine, "blog" (a log of personal events that is posted on the Web), "datavalence" (surveillance using computer systems), and the prefix "war-" (as in "war-chalking" and "war-driving") for various forms of unauthorised Internet access.


The more skittish end of linguistic creativity was also evident in nominations for "grid butt" (marks left on the buttocks by fishnet pantyhose), "sausage fest" (a party with more males than females),"unorthodox entrepreneur" (a panhandler, prostitute, or drug dealer in a Vancouver park), "diabulimia" (loss of weight by a diabetic skipping insulin doses), "neuticles" (fake testicles for neutered pets), and "dialarhoea" (the inadvertent dialling of a cell phone in a pocket or handbag).


These are the final results in various categories, as voted on yesterday evening (Friday 3 January) in Atlanta, Georgia:


 Most likely to succeed: Blog.

 Most useful: Google.

 Most creative: Dialarhoea.

 Most unnecessary: Wombanisation (feminization).

 Most outrageous: Neuticles

 Most euphemistic: Regime change.

 Phrase of the Year: Weapons of mass destruction.


Earlier in the week we were also graced with the 28th annual list of Banished Words from the Lake Superior State University at Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. This small college's yearly mini PR-fest is based on words that have been submitted by the general public in the previous 12 months.


The selection, as so often, reflects idiosyncratic dislikes. Some sponsors of terms were troubled by the lack of logic demonstrated by their creators and users. "Untimely death" was disliked by

several people on the grounds that few deaths are actually timely; "on the ground" was cordially hated because it is where we spend most of our time anyway; "must-see TV" is taken by its detractors to mean the opposite; "material breach" grates, one submitter argued, because it "suggests an obstetrical complication that pulls a physician off the golf course", rather than an issue of crucial diplomatic and military relevance. Others proposed "weapons of mass destruction", "homeland security" and "now, more than ever ..." for various reasons, but in essence because they are becoming clichés through overuse.


Other examples cited included the overuse of "extreme" in sports and marketing, the common saying by sports commentators that "there is no score" (when what they mean, it was argued, is that the score is 0-0) and the too-frequent appearance of "having said that" and "that said" in the news media.


The full list is at .


(c) Michael Quinion 2003








Our dear SHARER Augusto Di Marco, ELT Manager Pearson Education, invites all our SHARERS to these LONGMAN events:


The Secrets of Successful Learning

by Longman Academic Consultants Adriana Turrín and Celina Gismondi. 


Río Cuarto   

Tue 18 February - 9:00 to 12:00 - Centro Empresario de Río IV - Constitución 846 Piso 1º

Registration : Blackpool Rio IV: Sobremonte 672, (0358) 462-3662



Wed 19 February - 18:00 to 20:30 – UAI- Av. Pellegrini 1957

Registration : Librería Ameghino- Corrientes 868- 0341- 447-1147

Librería Ross- Córdoba 1347 – 0341- 440-4820/ administració  

SBS Rosario - Santa Fe 1340 – 0341- 426-1276 -


Córdoba Capital

Thur 20 February - 18:00 to 20:30 - Asoc. Argentina de Cultura Británica - H. Yrigoyen 496

Registration : Blackpool: 0351- 423-7172 -

SBS – 27 de Abril 227 0351- 423-6448



Sat. 22 February – 9:00 to 16:00 – Colegio San José – San Martín 319

Registration : Librería Rauch- Salta 181- 4629-3082


Capital Federal

Mon 24 February - 18:00 to 20:30 - IEA-  Simbrón 3160

Registration : ACME Agency- Camacuá 87- 4631-8559


La Plata

Thu 27 February - 18:00 to 20:30 – Instituto Terrero-  Calle 11 Nro 675 (entre 45 y 46)

Registration : Best Bookstore- 0221- 424-7226/9866


Capital Federal

Fri 28 February - 18:00 to 20:30 – Colegio Champagnat – Montevideo 1050

Registration : Pearson Education – 4309-6150/6151 


Bahía Blanca

Fri 28 February - 18:00 to 20:30 – Liceo del Solar – Darragueira 45

Registration : Agencia Sur – 0291- 452-7820



Fri 7 March - 18:00 to 20:30 – Universidad del Aconcagua

Registration : Centro Int.del Libro: Lavalle 14, (0261) 420-1266 - 


All these events are free of charge but registration is essential.






Becas Fulbright - Programa Master 2004

Se otorgarán becas a graduados universitarios para realizar estudios de Master en universidades de Estados Unidos
dos años como máximo
- Pasaje ida y vuelta  - - Seguro de salud
- Hasta U$S 15.000 para manutención y gestión de la exención de matrícula universitaria

- Nacionalidad Argentina
- Título universitario o terciario de carreras de 4 años de duración como mínimo
- 8 puntos de promedio académico (incluyendo aplazos)
- Excelente dominio de Inglés (Información sobre el test de diagnóstico en Comisión Fulbright)
- Experiencia profesional o docente de dos años
- Fondos personales para complementar la beca en caso necesario
- Compromiso de regreso al país tal como lo exige la visa J1

Completar la solicitud disponible en la página web  o en las oficinas (Viamonte 1653, 2°p, 1055, Buenos Aires) y entregarla en PAPEL antes del 30 de abril de 2003.

Nota: Para más detalles sobre este programa, inscribirse en las sesiones de orientación que organiza la Comisión Fulbright (011 4814 3561/62 o

Becas Organización de Estados Americanos - OEA

La Organización de Estados Americanos ofrece becas para los siguientes posgrados:
- Estrategias para el Desarrollo Social de Centro América | Cierre: 13 de marzo de 2003
- Maestría en Políticas Públicas | Cierre: 18 de marzo de 2003
- Virtual Educa 2003 - Enfoque Interamericano, Perspectiva Global: Conferencia Internacional sobre Educación, Formación y Nuevas Tecnologías | Cierre: 1 de abril de 2003

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Building on the success of the Fifth National ELT Conference held in Bogota and organised by the British Council, Colombia, The British Council, Cali is pleased to announce the First Annual Symposium: ‘Innovations in Communicative Language Teaching’.  This prestigious event will be held on the 21st and 22nd of February 2003 at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali.


The organising committee has decided to focus the Symposium on Innovations In Communicative Language Teaching as this area is seen as the most pertinent to our current English Language Teaching context in Cali.  The symposium is designed to focus on a critical and constructive assessment of current research and practice in this area. 

Registration for the Symposium is $80,000. The cost of registration includes all material (conference pack, programme, certificate of attendance etc.) and refreshments for the breaks.

For further information, contact:



Our dear SHARER Ken McIntyre will be delivering both an academic presentation and a commercial presentation in the event (see details below) which we are sure will meet with well-deserved success.


Academic Presentation : Yes, of Course You Can Teach Pronunciation!


Many English language teachers do not integrate the teaching of pronunciation into their lesson planning.  Most of us carry out remedial work in this area in response to perceived difficulties. 

In this highly participative presentation we will examine how we can become proactive in assisting our learners achieve a higher standard of pronunciation. 


Commercial Presentation : Thinking Outside the Box.

Maximising Learning Opportunities in Real Time @merica

Using a course book need not limit the creativity of teachers in providing their learners with interesting, engaging and meaningful learning opportunities.  This presentation of the new Richmond Publishing series encourages teachers to go one step further in meeting their learners needs.  The series, which is aimed at teenagers and young adults, is not only a complete and versatile course in itself but also a springboard for adaptation and innovation. 


Ken McIntyre is a licentiate member of Trinity College London and holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in TESOL from Sheffield Hallam University in England.Ken worked for The British Council in Bogotá from 1996 to 2000 where he managed the Council Teaching Centre in Universidad del Rosario.He has worked on postgraduate teacher training programmes in Bogotá Universities and ran workshops at ASOCOPI and delivered numerous workshops with publishers. 







Our dear SHARER Paula Gelemur, Senior Educational Representative Cambridge University Press,
invites all SHARERS to the:


Cambridge Teacher Development Seminars February/ March 2003


1) February 20, from 9 am to 1 pm: Advanced Language and Esol Exams.


Guest speaker: Fernando Lasala

Title of the talk: Advanced Language: defining the level and discussing how to attain it.

Venue: Belgrano Day School, Juramento 3035, Bs As.

The talk will be accompanied by the presentation of Objective CAE and First Certificate Direct, our latest books for ESOL Exams.


2) February 26, from 9 am to 1 pm: Storytelling.


Guest speaker: Maria Silvia Stagnaro

Title of the talk: A way with literature: exploiting stories for the development of language competence

Venue: Colegio del Carmen, Paraguay 1766, Bs As.

The talk will be accompanied by the presentation of Primary Colours, our latest series for 6 to 9 year-olds based on adventure stories.


3) March 8, from 9 am to 1 pm: IELTS: Format and Skills Development.


Guest speaker: Maria Silvia Laclau

Title of the talk: IELTS: format and skills development

Venue: British Arts Centre, Suipacha 1333, Bs As.

The talk will be accompanied by the presentation of Insight into IELTS, our latest textbook for the preparation of this international exam.


Enrolment and further details (in all cases): contact Cambridge, 4322-5240 / 4328-7648; All events are free of charge but enrolment is necessary.






Our dear SHARER Nidia from Advice Bookshop sends us this invitation to ADVICE´s celebrated summer seminar:


ADVICE Bookshop, Advice Prep School and Asociación Santafecina de Profesores de Inglés.

ADVICE 10th SUMMER SEMINAR - 20th &, 21st  February 2003

We proudly announce that for our 10th Summer Seminar, we will have the presence of:

Susan Hillyard. B.A(Hons)
- Testing between the Lines

Evaluation in real life, summative and descriptive evaluation in school, writing your own criteria for assessment, an introduction to portfolio assessment.

Prof. Viviana Valenti - The Teaching of Grammar in Foreign Language Contexts

This talk will gradually present the stepping stones to a way of practising grammar that may enhance its acquisition.

Prof. Adriana Díaz -  The Crazy World of Idioms


Ms. Laura Lewin -  One More Time: How do You Motivate your Students?


The Performers will present two educational Plays, to provide pedagogically valid entertainment in a theatrical context for English language learners : “Twins” and “King Lear”.

Venue:  Asociación de Dirigentes de Empresa  - Urquiza 3108 - Santa Fe (3000)
Enrolment: Advice Bookshop - San Martín 3031 - Santa Fe (3000) Tel.(0342)4533392
- Fee: $ 20

Certificates will be issued . Resolución Ministerial en trámite.





Our dear SHARER and friend Aljandra Jaime sends us this invitation :


English & Fun

Invites you to the following event to be held at ISIL 

on Tuesday, February 25 - 05.00 pm  - 08:30 p.m


MOTIVATION :  The Key to Successful Learning


Taking Time to Play


How often do you play games in your classes ? When do you play ? At the beginning or at the end  of a lesson ? Use games at any time and see how your students get involved in activities

which are motivating, meaningful and fun.


Patricia Gómez

Lecturer in Language and Children's Literature at Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico - UTN  and at IES Lenguas Vivas. Leisure Time and Recreation Coordinator.


Working Wonders with Rapport


Are there students you find it hard to get through to ?

Learn about how we communicate non - verbally and how you as a teacher can easily improve rapport with your students to make learning enjoyable and effective.


Laura Szmuch and Jamie Duncan

Jamie and Laura are Master Practitioners and Trainers in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) They have an e- magazine RT News, which appears fortnightly and they write on the topic of NLP in teaching for different publications in Argentina and abroad.


Venue : Instituto San Isidro Labrador - Av. San Isidro 4640 - (Saavedra)  Capital Federal

Fee : $ 4 (Four pesos) – Certificates of attendance will be issued - Stands and raffles. 

Registration : English & Fun : (011) 4 957 - 5285   //








Our dear SHARER Gabriel Mohr sends us this invitation for Macmillan Teacher Support Courses

All these events are admission free but registration is essential.



Capital Federal

Friday, 21 February -  9:00 to 16:30 hs – This event co-sponsored by Universidad del Salvador.

Venue : Universidad del Salvador, Salón San Ignacio. Tucumán 1845, Cap. Fed

Academic Talks

Turning Difference to Advantage by Sagrario Salaberri

Storytelling in the Foreign Language Classroom by Sagrario Salaberri

Effective Project Work by Charlie López

Workshop/ Presentations

Visit our Galaxy by Sagrario Salaberri - the author

Caring and Sharing: a "must" when teaching kindergarten learners by Gabriel Mohr

Enrolment: MACMILLAN 4711-5111 ext 131,



Saturday, 22 February

Talks to be confirmed

Venue: Colegio San José, San Martín 319, Morón

For more information call MACMILLAN 4711-5111 ext 131,


San Fernando

Tuesday, 25 February - 9:00 to 11:00 hs

Venue: EGB 40, 3 de Febrero 1810, San Fernando

Caring and Sharing: a "must" when teaching kindergarten learners by Marcela Marianelli.

A fantastic tour to the Brilliant island of Primary teaching by Marcela Marianelli.

Enrolment: MACMILLAN 4711-5111 ext 131,



San Miguel

Tuesday, 25 February - 17:00 to 19:00 hs

Venue: Organización Escolar, Pte. Perón 1540, San Miguel.

Caring and Sharing: a "must" when teaching kindergarten learners by Marcela Marianelli.

A fantastic tour to the Brilliant island of Primary teaching by Marcela Marianelli.

Enrolment: MACMILLAN 4711-5111 ext 131,



Wednesday, 26 February - 9:00  to 14:00 hs

Venue: Colegio Juan B. Alberdi, Av. Inocencio Arias 3550, Castelar

Essential Teaching Skills by Alejandra Ottolina.

A fantastic tour to the Brilliant island of Primary teaching by Marcela Marianelli

Effective Project Work by Charlie López

Enrolment: Librería Rauch 4629-3082. MACMILLAN 4711-5111 ext 131,


Lomas de Zamora

Wednesday, 26 February - 15:00 to 16:30 hs

Venue: Colegio Modelo Lomas, Belgrano 55, Lomas de Zamora

Essential Teaching Skills by Alejandra Ottolina.

Enrolment: MACMILLAN 4711-5111 ext 131,


Bahia Blanca

Monday, 24 February - 10:00 to 11:30 hs

Venue: Henry Libros, Alsina 27

Essential Teaching Skills by Alejandra Ottolina.

Enrolment: Henry Libros, 0291-4559073


Mar del Plata


Thursday, 27 February - 9:30 to 11:00 hs

Venue: Colegio Santa Cecilia, Córdoba 1338 Loma de Sta Cecilia e/ 9 de julio y 3 de febrero.

Essential Teaching Skills by Alejandra Ottolina.

Enrolment: Bookshop, 0223-4736567,




Friday, 28 February - 11:00 to 13:30 hs

Venue: Colegio San Pablo, Rawson 155

Caring and Sharing: a "must" when teaching kindergarten learners by Marcela Marianelli.

A fantastic tour to the Brilliant island of Primary teaching by Marcela Marianelli.

Enrolment: La Preferida, 03487-427935/ 433610,


Gral Pacheco

Friday, 28 February - 18:00 to 20:30 hs

Venue: Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Hipólito Yrigoyen  288, Gral. Pacheco

A new approach for very demanding young adults and adults by Marcela Marianelli.

Why not have it all? The Macmillan English Dictionary by Marcela Marianelli

Enrolment: MACMILLAN 4711-5111 ext 131,




Saturday, 1 March - 9:30 to 13:30 hs

Venue:  Instituto Ntra Sra de Luján, Lavalle 287

Caring and Sharing: a "must" when teaching kindergarten learners by Marcela Marianelli.

A fantastic tour to the Brilliant island of Primary teaching by Marcela Marianelli.

Effective Project Work by Charlie López

Enrolment:  Librería De Mayo, 02323-420499,


La Plata

Saturday, 1 March - 10:00 to 13:30 hs

Venue: Colegio Padre Castañeda, Calle 13 Nº 1774

A fantastic tour to the Brilliant island of primary teaching by Gabriel Mohr

A new approach for very demanding young adults and adults by Gabriel Mohr

Essential Teaching Skills by Alejandra Ottolina

Enrolment:  MACMILLAN 4711-5111 ext 131,



Wednesday, 19 February - 9:00 to 16:00 hs

Venue: Universidad Empresarial Siglo XXI, Salón Auditórium, Rondeau 165

Academic talks   

Turning Difference to Advantage by Sagrario Salaberri

Storytelling in the Foreign Language Classroom by Sagrario Salaberri

A fantastic tour to the Brilliant island of Primary teaching by Gabriel Mohr

Workshop/ Presentations

Visit our Galaxy by Sagrario Salaberri - the author

Caring and Sharing: a "must" when teaching kindergarten learners by Gabriel Mohr

A fantastic tour to the Brilliant island of Primary teaching by Gabriel Mohr

Enrolment: Librería Blackpool 0351-4814472,