An Ideas Page by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 2          Number 22       May  13th   2000
Wow ! What a week ! Ours was a hectic one and we guess yours must have been the same . After all, we are all teachers !
But here we are again happy to be writing for you again.
From time to time, important publications publish their statement of mission just to remind their readers of what their goals are.  We do not think we need to remind you of our aims ( and, anyway, we are not an important publication) .
We know and you know what our goals are. And we are very proud to see to way they get accomplished. What better evidence of this than what a group of SHARERS has to say about the spirit of SHARE :  
Dear Omar
First of all let us introduce ourselves, we are a group of teachers from
Berazategui, and we are proud to say that we received you some time ago
at our house, Instituto Argentino de Cultura Inglesa, Monona Pedrotti´s
For us it´s a pleasure everytime We find SHARE on the table in our Teachers´Room. Pages we read greedily and share generously, knowing that we´ll always find something interesting, something new and something moving. Material for the classroom and for our lives.
Congratulations !
Our best regards to you, Marina and the children whom we know from some
photos you showed the day of your lecture in Berazategui.

Cristina Araujo and all the teachers at IACI ,
In SHARE 22...
1.- A Tale of Three Turtles
2.- Planning to go on a diet ?
3.- Laura´s Workshop on Discourse.   
4.- Cloud-Cuckoo-Land.   
5.- FAAPI 2000 : Heading South in Good Company
6.- Do Good anyway.
7.- Fifth Biennial Seminar in Paraná. 
8.- Don´t call me Dumb !
9.- A SIG for History anmd Civilization.  
10- A Message for the ELT Professional.
11- Two Wisecracks
12- Tel Center blows Twenty Candles.  
13- Values in Action
14- Winter Course in B.A.
A dear SHARER from Brazil, John F. Anderson,  sends us this nice story . Ideal for young learners with a pre-intermediate level of competence. And probably for not so very young learners to put their higher thinking skills into action : reading between the lines ? is there a moral ? what is it ? what values are at stake ? . Here it goes (longish but we did not want to change a single line) :

Three turtles, Joe, Steve, and Raymond, decide to go on a picnic. So Joe packs the picnic basket with cookies, bottled sodas, and sandwiches. The trouble is, the picnic site is 10 miles away, so the turtles take 10 whole days to get there. By
the time they do arrive, everyone`s exhausted.
Joe takes the stuff out of the basket, one by one. He takes out the sodas and says, `Alright, Steve, gimme the bottle opener.`
`I didn`t bring the bottle opener,` Steve says. `I thought you packed it.`Joe gets worried. He turns to Raymond. `Raymond, do you have the bottle opener?`
Naturally, Raymond doesn`t have it, so the turtles are stuck ten miles away from home without soda. Joe & Steve beg Raymond to turn back home and retrieve it, but Raymond flatly refuses, knowing that they`ll eat everything by the time he gets back.
After about two hours, the turtles manage to convince Raymond to go, swearing on their great-grand turtles` graves that they won`t touch the food.
So, Raymond sets off down the road, slow and steadily. Twenty days pass, but no Raymond. Joe and Steve are hungry and puzzled, but a promise is a promise.
Another day passes, and still no Raymond, but a promise is a promise. After three more days pass without Raymond in sight, Steve starts getting restless. `I NEED FOOD!` he says with a hint of dementia in his voice.
`NO!` Joe retorts. `We promised.`Five more days pass. Joe realizes that Raymond probably skipped out to the diner down the road, so the two turtles
weakly lift the lid, get a sandwich, and open their mouths to eat.
But then, right at that instant, Raymond pops out from behind a rock, and says, `Just for that, I`m not going.`

A dearest SHARER Andrea Coviella sent me this set of rules just in case I decided to diet. Although I´m quite happy about my three digits I appreciate Andrea´s advice and I will put that into practice if I ever decide to make pretend I´m on a diet (as I always say, eating less than what I do now would simply be fasting and I haven´t got the slightest intention of becoming a fakir) 
10 Diet Rules for Cheaters at Heart 
1. If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no
2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in
the candy bar are cancelled out by the diet soda. 
3. When you eat with someone else, calories don't count if
you don't eat more than they do. 
4. Food used for medicinal purposes NEVER count, such as hot
chocolate, brandy, toast and Sara Lee Cheesecake. 
5. If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look
6. Movie related foods (Milk Duds, Buttered Popcorn, Junior
Mints, Red Hots, Tootsie Rolls, etc.) do not have additional
calories because they are part of the entertainment package
and not part of one's personal fuel. 
7. Cookie pieces contain no fat--the process of breaking
causes fat leakage.
8. Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if
you are in the process of preparing something. Examples are
peanut butter on a knife making a sandwich and ice cream on a
spoon making a sundae. 
9. Foods that have the same color have the same number of
calories. Examples are: spinach and pistachio ice cream;
mushrooms and white chocolate. 
NOTE: Chocolate is a universal color and may be substituted
for any other food color. 
10. Foods that are frozen have no calories because calories
are units of heat. Examples are ice cream, frozen pies, and
By a most unfortunate mistake, this announcement that should have been published in our last issue, only sees the light today. Our sincere apologies to the organizers and especially to our SHARERS who might miss this opportunity.
A dear SHARER and neighbour, Laura Renart will be conducting a workshop entitled "Dealing with Discourse" today May 13th from ):30 to 12:00 at T.S.Eliot  L.N. Alem 1380, Banfield.
The event is organized jointly by the Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Buenos Aires and T. S. Eliot Bilingual Studies, a prestigious language school in Banfield of which Laura Renart and Claudia Ferradás Moi are co-directors

This workshop is aimed at looking at concepts of discourse analysis and their implications for classroom use. Activities will be geared to raising awareness of the differences between spoken English and classroom language from the earliest stages of learning. Authentic video and audio material will illustrate techniques. For further information ( and why not asking for a "repeat session" ?) phone T.S. Eliot Institute  4202-3672 or e-mail them at  or the Buenos Aires Association at .
What does this mean ? If you do not know and you want to know, there are two things you can do (a) read the definition below (b) Subscribe A WORD A DAY for free and receive daily information about words and phrases like this one.
Super Service complete with ethymology, context of use and recorded pronunciation ! A site to SHARE :
cloud-cuckoo-land (KLOUD-koo-koo-land) noun

An idealized, illusory domain of imagination; cloudland.

[Translation of Greek Nephelokokkygia, the realm which separates the gods
from mankind in Aristophanes' The Birds.]

"South African President Thabo Mbeki's New Year message to Africans to aim
for the stars in the new millennium, in line with his vision of an African
renaissance, also castigated the West for largely ignoring Africa's
problems of debts, disease and wars. But his vision, unless backed up by
the essential nitty-gritty from the United Nations and other countries, is
somewhere off in cloud-cuckoo-land. The explosion of AIDS is systematically wiping out Africa's best doctors, lawyers, lecturers, economists and businesspeople."
Michael Kibaara Muchiri, "Will Annan finally put out Africa's fires?,"
Jakarta Post, Mar 6, 2000.

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We asked our dear SHARER Susana Berutti from Advice Bookshop in Santa Fé to send us more details about the ADVICE Group Trip ( they call it " The South also exists..." ) to Comodoro Rivadavia to attend FAAPI 2000. Susana writes :
Services included : 
* Transfer Santa Fé- Buenos Aires- Santa Fé 
* Plane ticket Buenos Aires - Comodoro Rivadavia - Buenos Aires 
* Transfer in/out airport- hotel 
* 3 nights in a 3-star hotel (double or triple room) - plus continental breakfast. * 2 daily transfers hotel-Congress venue and viceversa
* Permanent Coordinator during the trip
Fees  $ 350 + $ 39 (airport taxes) .
If you join the group from Buenos Aires, $ 300 + $ 39 (airport taxes).
Forms of Payment : 
(a) 5 instalments (without interest) full payment before trip.
(b) $ 100 down payment and the rest in instalments without interests to be cancelled before the trip.
(c) Instalments to cover 40 % of the total amount before the trip and the remainder in up to 12 instalments (consult the travel agent´s for interests)
For additional information contact :
ADVICE Bookshop- San Martín 3031- Santa Fe - TE : 0342- 4533392 
LUCAT Turismo - Eva Perón 2714 - Santa ´Fe - TE : 0342-455800 -
A dear SHARER from Villa Ramallo in the province of Buenos Aires, Leonor Salazar ,  writes to us :
Dear Omar,
I´m your friend from Villa Ramallo and  I want to congratulate you and Marina for your `SHARE´. We enjoy it a lot : me and my pupils at school. I`ve really found a great tool for my work. I wanted to say Thank you and to contribute a little poem that a good friend sent to me from South. California . I copied and  put on the wall of my office for my kids to read. Today I want to SHARE it with you :
People are unreasonable, illogical and self centered.
Love them anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
Honestly and frankness will make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have anyway. 
Leonor adds a touch of humour to this ,she says : " I don´t know who wrote this but he could make a good writer of tango lyrics, don´t you think ?" Thank you, Leonor for your contribution, your support and your friendship and keep on doing us all a world of good !

Estela Gambelin, Director of the American English Institute of Paraná writes to us to announce their Fifth Biennial Seminar to be held at Circulo Hotel,  Belgrano 157, Parana  from Thursday 8th through Saturday 10th of June.
The Seminar has the sponsorship of San Diego State University, California, USA  In its previous editions ( 92 - 94- 96- 98) this Seminar had official recognition from Ministerio de Cultura y Educacion de Entre Rios which the organizers have already requested for this edition. 
The Theme of the Seminar will be : TEACHING WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND and a number of lecturers have already confirmed their participation :
Maria de los Angeles Enrique and Andrea Etchelouz.
Universidad Adventista del Plata
Developing the Eight Intelligences in the Classroom
Suzanna Fuentes:
San Diego State University, Cal. USA
Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills in the E.S.L. Classroom
Enhancing Literacy Skills with Children’s Books and Videos
Alicia Gambelín:
Fulbright and British Council Scholar
British and American English: The Realm of Feelings and Emotions
Estela Gambelin de Gomez:
Instituto de Educación Superior de Paraná
Ministerio de Educación de la Nación RFFDC
Teaching with the Brain in Mind
Susan Hillyard:
INSPT de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional
IES en Lenguas Vivas Juan R Fernandez
Strategic Interaction
Write On!
Omar Villarreal
INSPT de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional 
Macmillan Heinemann ELT
Centro de Pedagogías de Anticipación del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
Cognition, Learning & the Construction of an Educational Technology
Text Tackling Techniques: Using Your Brain
Oriel Villagarcía:
M.A. University of Lancaster
Visualize to Learn 
Fees : students $ 30 and $ 35 if they register after May 31st, 2000.
         teachers  $ 35 and $ 40 if they register after May 31st 2000.

For enrolment and further information, telephone 0343-4315018 or e-mail the organizers at . 



Why overusing a word when there are many other ways to refer to the same concept ? A very dear SHARER from Catamarca, José Luís García  sends us this most interesting list to prevent abuse of the lexical item in question :  


Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
A few clowns short of a circus.
A few fries short of a Happy Meal.
A few Cokes short of a six-pack.
A few peas short of a casserole.
The wheel's spinning, but the hamster's dead.
One taco short of a combination plate.
A few feathers short of a whole duck.
All foam, no beer.
The cheese slid off his cracker.
Couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.
He fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.
An intellect rivaled only by garden tools.
As smart as bait.
Chimney's clogged.
Doesn't have all his dogs on one leash.
Forgot to pay his brain bill.
Her sewing machine's out of thread.
His belt doesn't go through all the loops.
No grain in the silo.
Proof that evolution CAN go in reverse.
In the pinball game of life, his flippers were a little further apart than most. 
Analia Kandel, APIBA Special Interest Grouups Liaison Officer,  <> writes to us to announce the first meeting of APIBA´s 
SIG on History and Civilization.  

This SIG will be coordinated by  Cristina Bardeci and Paula Lopez Cano and its
first meeting is schedulled to take place on  Thursday, 8 June, from 19:00 to 21:00 hours at IES en Lenguas Vivas "J. R Fernández", Av. Carlos Pellegrini 1515, Buenos Aires

APIBA members or members of any other FAAPI Association as well students from College can participate free of charge. All others: $10 per session.
Please confirm attendance at  
Like New York ( or Calle Corrientes, for that matter) , APIBA´s Executive Committee never sleep ! Congratulations and Keep it up ! 
A dear SHARER and respected colleague  Nicolas Ridley,  writes to us with details of his excellent magazine for the ELT practicioner, ENGLISH TEACHING profesional (ETp) . He says :
" ETp is a quarterly magazine for teachers of English worldwide. It was first 
published in October 1996 and now has subscribers in more than 120
ETp aims to be practical, professional, personal ... and accessible !
Our focus is on practical classroom issues more than the purely academic. We hope that what the reader reads today in ETp will make some difference
to his/her professional (and personal?) life tomorrow, next week, next month
and next year.

Our contributors include many of the best-known names in the world of ELT
We also publish a range of contributions from practising classroom teachers
with experience to share.

Our aim is to be international and inclusive.  We are independent in terms of ownership, approach and philosophy. We try to reflect and respond to the varied needs and interests of our audience. Our 'strapline' is "This is your magazine" and our readers frequently play this theme back to us (which is very gratifying)
We often say "If teaching English is your profession, ENGLISH TEACHING
professional" is your magazine. "
Omar is going to meet Nic at the Santa Fé Congress and maybe... there will be a
surprise for all SHARERS after that meeting. We´ll keep you posted  !
In the meantime, if you needed additional information contact Nic Ridley at or visit the English Teaching Professional
website : < > 
"Dogs come when they're called. Cats take a message and get back to you"
Missy Dizick

"A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."
Nancy Reagan


TEL Center - Cultural Inglesa - Thames 511, 1414 , City of Buenos Aires is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a series of special events. A dear SHARER and much respected colleague, Viviana Mysliky has sent us these details :

SPECIAL ALL-DAY SEMINAR on Saturday, May 20th :

Morning Session -  9.30 to 12.30 hours


A highly innovative session for teachers : Simple movements to help restore balance, body awareness exercises that brings about serenity and peace, toning, humming and chanting to bring about a shift in our state of consciousness in the search for harmony and well being. 

Lecturer: Oriel Villagarcía

M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Lancaster. In the past few years he has devoted much of his energies to the exploration of body/mind therapeutic approaches and energy work systems such as shiatsu, reflexology, Jin Shin and polarity therapy.  

Afternoon Session - 14:30 to 17:30 hours

GAMES FROM "A" TO "Z". Part 2

You can´t miss  the second part of the highly successful GAMES FROM A TO Z. Join this new workshop and you will get a collection of interesting and useful skills exercises for all occasions, ages and levels.

Lecturer : Patricia E. Gómez

Lecturer in  Language I and in Children's Literature at  INSPT de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional. Co-Editor of the magazine "English Teaching in Action". Former Coordinator of the English Dept , Lange Ley School. Drama Teacher and Actress.

Fee : Morning Session: $  5.- Afternoon Session : $ 15.- Morning session is free  if you attend the afternoon session 


A hands-on workshop for both trainees and experienced teachers, which will examine the authentic language of classroom management from the straightforward conducting of a lesson to dealing with discipline problems.

Lecturer : Professor Alfredo Jaeger

Lecturer in  Language and English Literature, I.E.S. Lenguas Vivas "Juan Ramón Fernandez" . Former Head of Department, Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico.

Saturday, June 24, 2000   from  14:30 to 17:30 hours

Fee: $20 - ( College Students: $15 )

Enrolment is now open at  T.E.L. Center, Thames 511, Office Hours: Monday to Friday 15:30 to 20:30 hours , Phone/Fax 4856-0020, E-mail : . Deadline for enrolment : 2 days before each event.


 Our friend and SHARER , Ricardo Sampedro, director of the Teacher Training Project "Education for a Change" writes to us, to announce his next presentations 
"Social Values in the Classroom" by Ricardo Sampedro
June 3, Mendoza, 9:30 to 13:00,
at Instituto Cultural de Mendoza
June 18, Tucuman, 14:00 to 15.30,
within Jornadas del NOE organised by  Instituto Superior "Lola Mora"
June 24, Pergamino, 9:30 to 13:00,
at Instituto Superior de Formacion Docente nº5
"Music and Songs for Social Values" by Ricardo Sampedro
June 24, Pergamino, 14.30 to 17.30,
at Instituto de Formacion Docente nº5  
For registration or further information please phone "Education for a Change"  (011) 4982-2409 or e-mail them at

English Teaching in Action, the new magazine for the Argentine English Language Teacher and SBS, Stratford Book Services, are organizing a Winter Course to be held in the city of Buenos Aires from 17th to 19th July 2000.

The course is aimed at teachers of all levels and ages and will consist of two plenaries ( by Patricia Salvador and Oriel Villagarcía) and a series of concurrent workshops , all of them with refreshing ideas, games and resources of immediate relevance for the classroom.

The following is a partial list of the workshop leaders :  

Fernando Armesto, INSPT de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional.
Co-Author of "Tourism" Macmillan Heinemann ELT
Susan Hillyard, INSPT de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional
IES en Lenguas Vivas "J.R. Fernandez"
Ana Maria Arias Sanz , Asociación Argentina de Cultura Inglesa.
Omar Villarreal, INSPT de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional.
Project Director and Co-Author of "Polimodal English" Macmillan Heinemann ELT
Patricia Gomez, INSPT de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional.
Co- Editor of "English Teaching in Action"
Patricia Salvador, New England School of English , Editor of TOP English .
Co- Editor of "English Teaching in Action"
Jamie Duncan . INSPT de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional
Martha Crespo, Head of "Feedback" Institute.
Alejandra García, Author of WEB, Richmond Publishing.
Pierre Stapley, Language Consultant for SBS
Oriel Villagarcia, Academic Coordinator for SBS  
Denis Dunn, Freelance Consultant
This promising Winter Course will run Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 July from 9:00 to 17:30 hours and will end on Wednesday 19 at  13:00 hours.  More details in future issues odf SHARE.


Today we want to say goodbye in a special way, giving you something to think about during the week.
If you wish change the signature at the end of the letter and replace it with any other name you consider might fill the slot, we will be be happy anyway to have given you something special. For Marina and me, from our own perception of the world, only ONE could have signed it and His signature is already there. Let us use this as a way of expressing our gratitute to Him for the many blessings we
receive daily.
A Letter from your Father
I watched you as you rose from bed this morning.
I just hoped you would have something to say then.
Just a few words... I did not hope for more.
Maybe asking me what I thought about something
you were planning to do today
or simply saying "thank you" for something good
that had happened the day before.
But I noticed you were very busy 
looking for the right clothes to wear
to go to work.
And I went on waiting.
While you went about the house in a frenzy,
getting ready to leave,
I thought you might just have a few minutes
to say "Hello !"
But you were too busy.
I watched you on the way to work.
I watched you looking at everything around you
and I hoped for a word.
But no, you were too busy inspecting people, cars,
traffic lights, and even the graffitti on the walls
as you went by.
I waited patiently all day.
With so many things you had to do
I suppose you were too busy to think of me,
let alone, say just a few words.
But that was all right with me.
I thought there was still plenty of time left.
It is not that I didn´t know 
you were going to be very busy
at home too...but I just hoped.
You turned on the television
and I waited patiently as you watched
your favourite programme.
You had dinner and then zapped from one
channel to the other looking for entertainment.
You were bored.
But you did not remember
I had been waiting for you all day.
It was time to go to bed
and I knew you were tired.
After saying "Good Night" to the family,
you fell into bed and went to sleep
as soon as your head touched the pillow,
Don´t worry .
I do not worry.
Maybe, there is something
you do not notice.
Maybe, you do not notice that
I´m always here by your side
You do not know that I am more patient
than you can ever imagine, and
that I love you much more
than you can ever imagine 
I love you and your brothers and sisters
so much that I all I want you to do is
to show your LOVE to others :
family,friends, neighbours,
everyone you come across
in your everyday business.
I want you to show them that you are my son.
Time to get up again. Another day.
Don´t worry I will be here with you always.
I will wait always.
And may be today, you will have some time
for a little prayer, or a thought or simply
the gratitude of your heart.

Have a good day !

God, your Father.

Omar and Marina

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