An Ideas Page by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 2          Number 23       May  20th   2000
I stayed most of the week at home. Marina worked all week. I had to study for two examinations I had to sit for this week. I did not suffer the terrible weather. My children were absent from school on Tuesday and the provincial Minister of Education dediced schools should remain closed on Wednesday. It was great to have them at home with me two full days ( now it´s easy at 12 and 14 they can both look after themselves, at least inside the house ).
It was good talking to them a lot too. On television , we watched the sad, sad images of other Argentinians suffering in the most adverse of circumstances. Some of them just a few kilometres from our own home.
I told my children we had to do something. We could not just sit down and watchm, complain or cry. We had to take positive action.  They got some of "their" money and I cooperated with some of my money. We went to the
supermarket and bought a few things : some boxes of cocoa and powdered milk and spaghetti and took them to our church. We were sure they knew how to channel "our help". I know it was not much and it was not very heroic. As Bob 
Geldoff used to say " In our world of plenty, we can spare a smile of joy" and we can do that too easily. If everyone who could afford it just "gave" something...  Maybe we do not need a country of heroes.  just a country of people who worry about their neighbours and act accordingly.
In SHARE 23...
1.- Tales for the Beholder
2.- Believe it or Believe it not 
3.- A Change is good as a rest    
4.- The unbearable Lists    
5.- S.O.S. from a dear SHARER
6.- Are Middle-Schoolers a blessing or a nightmare ?
7.- Well deserved success for APIBA SIG´s 
8.- Two Messages from Susan.
9.- Maestria in Universidad Nacional de Tucumán.
10- Fifth Biennial Seminar in Paraná.
11- A "Linguistics" Wisecrack.
12- Martin Iron or Mr Second Shadow ?  
13- See you in Santa Fé !
A dear SHARER from West (not the Wild variety) Cecilia Ramirez de Ricci,  has sent us this message and a poem from her book :      

Dear Omar and Marina,

I hope you like this poem from my book , "Tales for the beholder" - Cuentos sin dueño- ( It's a bilingual book of tales and poems for teens and/or adults) my co-author is Patricia A. Arias. We have finished working on its activity book and cassette (some poems and tales recorded by a great New Yorker: Fabián B.). The book is available from V.V.C. Books and SBS or by phone :1540913373.

Here is the poem, it is simply called "I" :


I guess I finally found
what I was looking for,
I know who I am,
I know what I want.
It took me a long time
to feel this fine,
I cried many tears
I wrote many lines.
I found my place in the world,
it may make some people laugh
but it is right where I am,
I just did not have it clear enough.
This place is no one's but mine
and there is no finish line.
I do not want to be a Queen,
I do not desire to be a star.
I just want to be myself
and make others see
that even if they do not agree
I am happy being me.
I have got what I deserve
because I have worked hard to be me.
No one will interfere with my life
because I am the only "I".  
Cecilia says that she and Patricia will most gladly send samples of their workbook and cassette to those SHARERS interested in their work . You can contact them at 0220 4859714 or email them to .
Work on a follow-up to be called "More Tales for the Beeholder" is under way
due to the success of the girls´ first book.
Heartfelt congratulations to both of them ! 
By the way, Have you visited Ceci´s Web page ? 
A dear friend and most active SHARER from Catamarca, José Luís García sends us this piece of historical information that will help clarify an issue that might perhaps never worried you too much in the first place : 
There are many stories related to the sinking of the "Titanic".  Some   have just come to  light due to the success of the recent movie.  For example, most people don't know that back in 1912 Hellman's mayonnaise was manufactured in England.  The "Titanic"  was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after New York City. The Mexican people were eagerly awaiting delivery and were disconsolate at the loss.  So much so that they declared a National day of mourning which they still observe today.  It is known, of course, as... "Sinko de Mayo". 
Thank you José Luís and keep on SHARING your humour with all of us !
With all due respect for the Mexican people, it must be clarified that  5th of
May marks the Battle of Puebla Day. 

A dear SHAREr a prestigious colleague from Uruguay, Prof. Jorge Suárez , writes to us to announce the Teacher Development Seminars he will teach during the Winter Holidays in Uruguay . Says Jorge " A change is as good as a rest" and we fully agree :  


Two three-day mini-seminars/workshops for practising EFL teachers

Seminar 1:   ( 3 sessions of 3 hours each)

Lexis and Reading Comprehension in the ELT classroom – a look at practical
techniques for dealing with the reading skill through lexical and semantic theory.

Seminar 2: ( 3 sessions of 3 hous each)

Language, Sex and Gender – a sociolinguistic approach to the language used by men and women, and ways in which the language refers to them.  


The seminars will involve discussing and analysing texts and experiences related to each subject through awareness-raising activities that can provide you and your students with a greater insight into aspects of contemporary English language and ELT.

Dates and Time :  Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July 2000

Seminar 1:  9 - 12.00 am   Seminar 2:  2 - 5.00 pm

Venue:   Colegio "La Mennais" Aquistapace 1701 entre Rivera y Palermo, Punta Gorda , Montevideo, Uruguay Telephone: 600 5620
Transport: Buses along Caramurú, Av Rivera and Av Italia
Enrolment:  Bartolomé Mitre 1488 ap 402 11.004 Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel/fax:  915 4377 (answerphone)  from 25 May to 30 June 2000

Fees:  One seminar: Uruguayan $ 500  Both seminars: Uruguayan $ 900 , in cash or in two instalments

Method of Payment: cash, cheque or deposit/giro to the following account :
Jorge Suárez Coyle - Cta. N° 1666002 - BankBoston - Casa Central                
Zabala 1463, Montevideo (not later than 39th June, 2000) 
Our dear old friend Fabiana Constantino, sends us another "unbearable list". An example of super condensed wit on :
I don't know what your problem is, but I bet it's hard to pronounce.
How about never ?  Is never good for you ?
I'll try being nicer if you'll try being smarter.
I'm not being rude, you're just insignificant.
If I throw a stick, will you leave?
Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted paychecks.

Dear Postmaster SHARERS:
Thank you ever so much for the updated information on congresses,  lectures and workshops , for the poems and reflections and for all your best wishes...
By the way... do you know or does anyone know a poem on "ties"...
My request may sound unusual  but my Seniors at school will be given a new tie( to replace the usual one they´ve used for years and to distinguish them from the rest of the students ). I am planning to focus their attention not on the fact that we will be replacing a simple article for another but on what  this tie means  and I really thought it would be great to say something  special on this occassion and may be find a poem or short story that might relate to the occassion.
All ideas from SHARERS will be very much appreciated. Thank you for your cooperation !
Thanks once again and I hope to hear from you SOON!!!!!!!!!
Silvia Stier  
I searched for a poem in the Net whole week and could not find one. I remember there was a poem called "Old School Tie" in an old book by Eckersley called "England and the English" (circa 1944) or in a book by Molinelli Wells "My English Book" published in our our country also in the 40´s. I´m not sure about this (maybe memory is playing an awful trick on me !) Unfortunately, I have not kept either of these books. But maybe, a  SHARER can help...
Poem or no poem, isn´t it a good idea to give our about-to-graduate from Secondary School students a "very special tie". I know this is not a new idea and
that this is done with sweaters and the like, but it is nevertheless an idea you might wish to suggest to your fellow teachers and staff.
Our very dear friend and SHARER, Berhieh Banega
sends us this delicious poem he found at : 

What are Middle Schoolers?
What are middle schoolers?
I was asked one day.
I knew what they were,
But what should I say?

They are noise and confusion.
They are silence that is deep.
They are sunshine and laughter.
Or clouds that will weep.

They are swift as arrows.
They are wasters of time.
They want to be rich,
But cannot save a dime.

They are rude and nasty.
They are as polite as can be.
They want parental guidance,
But fight to be free.

They are aggressive and bossy.
They are timid and shy.
They know all the answers,
But still will ask "why".

They are awkward and clumsy.
They are graceful and poised.
They are ever changing,
But do not be annoyed.

What are middle schoolers?
I was asked one day.
They are the future unfolding,
Do not stand in the way.

Author Unknown.

Isn´t it a great portrait of what our EGB Third Cycle ( and beyond) students are ? Thank you Bernieh ! If you have not visited Bernieh´s page : , you do not know what you are missing !! Don´t tell us we
didn´t tell you ! 
Some of APIBA SIG´s have already had their first meeting and they haver met with expected and well deserved success. Some of the biggest names in the Buenos Aires ELT scene  are coordinating the groups or participating in them ! Analía Kandel, APIBA SIGs Liaison Officer, the right
person to contact for registration or additional details, announces on behalf of
APIBA´s Executive Committe :
Timetable to June 17 
Language SIG  Co-ordinators: Viviana Myslicki - Daniel Reznik
Date: Saturday, June 3  Time: 10 - 13
Venue: Cultural Inglesa de Buenos Aires, Viamonte 1475, Buenos Aires
1. Organising Language Learning: What, Why, How, What for. Short presentations by SIG members Silvana Cominelli, Magdalena Dacunto, Viviana Myslicki and Analia Kandel followed by general discussion.
2. Exploring language through video. Analysis of the language contents of three 10-minute video segments (sitcom, comedy, chat show). Video material presented by SIG Members Patricia Negro, Flavia Lamborghini and Maria Luisa Ghisalberti.
Methodology SIG  Co-ordinators: Silvia Luppi - Roxana Viñes
Date: Friday, June 9 -- Time: 18.30 - 21
Venue: Language Two School of English, Av Gaona 1846, Buenos Aires
Main topic: Classroom management issues. Each sub-topic will be introduced by a SIG member, and followed by debate and discussion:
Sub-topic 1: Management and leadership (Susan Hylliard);
Sub-topic 2: Report from books (Ma. Angeles Rodríguez);
Sub-topic 3: Contributions from the field of NLP (Andrea Rompatto);
Round-up: ELT News (Mercedes Rossetti)
Literature SIG Co-ordinators:  Valeria Artigue - Alfredo Jaeger
Date: Saturday, June 10 -- Time: 10 - 12.30
Venue: SBS Palermo, Cnel. Diaz 1747, Buenos Aires
Main topic: Why should we teach Literature? Each sub-topic will be introduced by a SIG member, and followed by debate and discussion.
Sub-topic 1: The Origins of Literature (Martha D’Adamo and Pablo Toledo)
Sub-topic 2: Which Literature? (Valeria Artigue)
Sub-topic 3: Language through Literature? Language and Literature? Literature through language? (Marisa Vilaseco)
Sub-topic 4: Revamping the Oldies (Alfredo Jaeger)
Participants will bring different types of text (ancient, classic and modern) to put the theory discussed in the first part of the session into practice.
Business SIG Co-ordinators: Virginia López Grisolía - Alicia Perera
Date: Tuesday, June 13 -- Time: 10.30 - 12.30
Venue: Interaction Language Studio, Av. L.N. Alem 424 P.B., Buenos Aires 
Content-based approach to the study of Business language. Language Area: Economy. Basic terminology, graphs, the business cycle, the three sectors of the economy, competition, government spending, inflation, unemployment, taxation, economic theories.
Computers SIG
Co-ordinators: Nora Lizemberg - Pablo Toledo  
Date: Saturday, June 17 -- Time: 10 – 12.30 
Venue: SBS Palermo, Cnel. Diaz 1747, Buenos Aires 
Main Topic: Why use computers to teach English?
Sub-topic 1: Advantages and disadvantages of CALL
Sub-topic 2: The effect of computers in SLA
Sub-topic 3: Presentation of material and some key concepts by SIG Member Angela Cosentino.
History / Civilisation SIG
Co-ordinators: Cristina Bardeci - Paula Lopez Cano
Date: Thursday, 8 June -- Time: 19 to 21
Venue: IES en Lenguas Vivas "J.R.Fernandez", Av. Carlos Pellegrini 1515, Room 17 (Edificio Matriz), Buenos Aires

Pre-enrolment is not essential, but it is desirable. If at all possible, those interested in participating in SIG meetings please e-mail to confirm their attendance. Those who can't confirm, please come anyway.
Did yu know APIBA will be hosting FAPPI 2001 in Buenos Aires ? For information on APIBA, e-mail President Dr. Cristina Banfi
FAAPI 2002 ? In heart of Argentina : Córdoba . Contact Cordoba´s Association Dr. Mario López Barrios
Our Dear friend and SHARER, Susan Hylliard writes to us :
"Dear Omar,
I wanted to let you know for SHARE that Claudia Rey has had her paper accepted for presentation at:
The International Symposium
Reading Pictures: Art, Narrative and Childhood
1-4 September 2000,
Homerton College, University of Cambridge England, UK.
and will speak on " Reading between the Pictures: Teaching Reading Strategies with Picture Books." on Saturday 2 September 2000 10.45 to 12.45.
I think we should all be extremely proud of her and send our best wishes and congratulations for a successful presentation."
Claudia is a graduate from Instituto de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas "Juan Ramón Fernandez" where she is currently lecturing. She is a talented and respected young ELT professional with plenty of classroom  experience. We join Susan in congratulating her and wishing her the very best in her presentation in Cambridge.
But Susan has something else in store for all our SHARERS. a beutiful poem for reflection :
I don´t cause teachers trouble 
My grades have been O.K.
I listen in my classes
And I´m in school every day
My parents I´m average
My teachers think so too
I wish I didn´t know that
Cause there´s lots I´d like to do
I´d like to build a rocket
I´ve a book that shows you how
Or start a stamp collection
Well no use in trying now
Cause since I´ve found I´mm average
I´m just smart enough you see
To know there´s nothing special
That I should expect of me
I´m part of a majority
That hump part of the bell
Who spends his life unnoticed
In an average kind of hell.
First presented at 1979 Natinal PTA Convention by Michael Buscemi, Quest International .
Lots of food for thought for us teachers, don´t you think ? Thank you, Susan !
In a previous issue of SHARE, we stated circulating information about the Maestria en Didáctica de las Lenguas 1999-2000 organized by the Facultad de 
Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. Here are more some details :  
Comisión Académica
Directora: Prof. Silvia E. Helman de Urtubey
Comisión de Estudios y Admisión
Prof. María Virginia Babot de Bacigaluppi
Dra. Elisa Cohen de Chervonagura
Mag. Lucrecia D'Andrea de Mirande
Secretaría : Prof. María Luisa Paz
Cuerpo docente y de asesoramiento académico 
Prof. Irma Bijout de Azar, U.N. La Plata
Dra. Liliana Cubo de Ceverino, U.N. Cuyo
Mag. Estela Klett, UBA
Dra. Edith Litwin, UBA
Prof. Elsa Palou de Carranza, U.N. Río Cuarto
Dra. Magdalena Viramonte de Abalos, U.N.Córdoba)
Dr. Gerardo Alvarez, Universidad Laval, Quebec, Canadá & Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Dra. Marta María Barallo de Rengel, Universidad de Nebrija, Madrid
Dr. Roberto Ibañez,Universidad de Hamburgo, Alemania
Dr. Marc Souchon,Universidad  de Franche, Compté, Besançon, Francia
Dra. Alicia Velázquez Bellot, Siemens AG, Frankfurt, Alemania 


Cursos  2000


Sociolingüística aplicada a la Enseñanza de la Lengua
Dra. Elisa Cohen de Chervonagura.
Duración: 30 horas - 12 al 16  de junio.
Curriculum y Rol Docente
Mag.  Clotilde Yapur
Duración: 30 horas - 20 al 23 y 30 de junio.
Diseño Curricular
Mag. Lucrecia D’Andrea de Mirande y Mag.. Rosa Perea de Otrera
Duración: 30 horas - 24 al 29 de julio 2000.
Adquisición de las Lenguas Materna y Extranjera
Dra Martha Baralo de Rengel.
Duración: 30 horas - 21 al 25 de agosto.
Seminario de Investigación ( conducente al Proyecto de la Tesis de Magister)
Dra María Soledad Alonso de Rúffolo
Duración: 40 horas - 5 al 8 y 19 al 22 de setiembre .
Fonética y Fonología Contrastivas
Prof. Fanny Díaz Cancellieri.
Duración: 30 horas - 14, 15, 16; 28, 29 y 30 de septiembre; 5, 6, 7 de octubre
Evaluación de los Aprendizajes en Lengua
Prof. Alicia Villagra de Burgos
Duración: 30 hors - 16 al 20 de octubre
Psicolingüística aplicada a la Enseñanza de la Lengua
Dra. Constanza Padilla de Zerdán.
Duración: 30 horas - 20 al 24 de noviembre. 
Please for further information refer to SHARE 21 and contact our dear friend and SHARER Prof. Fanny Diaz Cancellieri 
Ing. José Maria Virgili, Director of Ciclo de Licenciaturas Facultad Regional
Avellaneda de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional has appointed Omar Villarreal to represent the Ciclo de Licenciaturas FRA-UTN at the  Fifth Biennial Seminar and Second Regional Congress to be held in Paraná  from Thursday 8th through Saturday 10th of June.
Omar will present his paper "Cognition, Learning and the Construction of an
Educational Technology from a Vygotskian Perspective"
This event organized with the unifying theme of Teaching with the Brain in Mind is  sponsored by San Diego State University, California, USA 

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


"A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. "In English," he
said, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as
Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language
wherein a double positive can form a negative."

A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."  "

So far the joke as it was published. Now "yeah, right" is without doubt (?) a double positive ? What are its implicatures ? Is it correct to say that what the student meant was " no, there isn´t" or "Yes, you are right there isn´t one" ?


Last Monday was the Martin Fierro Night organized by APTRA. Did you know of the existence of a parallel prize "The Worst in Argentinian Television 1999" , it´s called "Premio Don Segundo Sombra" and you can e-mail your ballots to the This year more than 5,000 people voted in a period of two months. And the Winner is.... 

Worst Female TV Host (conductora):

Jimena Cyruinik - Versus                        
Araceli Gonzalez- Fort Boyard               
Catherine Fullop - Metroshow                  
Worst Male TV Host
Roberto Giordano - Desfiles 99      
Baby Etchecopar    - El Angel           
Marley - Teleshow                           
Worst Actress
Karin Cohen- Margaritas
Florencia de la Vega - Margaritas
Anabel Cherubito - Margaritas
Worst Actor
Florencia de la Vega - Margaritas
Adrían Suar - Por el nombre de Dios
Juan Carlos Calabró - Campeones
Worst Embarassment of the Year
Exit Polls - ( encuestas a boca de urna)
Fat Man Overboard (Gordo al Agua)
Carlos Avila - from T y C. "tipsy" on Martin Fierro Prizegiving Night 
Worst Programme
Telefé Noticias - Telefé
Margaritas- Azul
Salvajes - Azul
Perdidos en el Espacio- América
Atorrantes 99 - Azul 
We could use this list to practice contrast between BEST and WORST. You can ask the students to recall what the BEST one was and to "vote" for the
WORST one in each category. Then you disclose the list to them. Additional points are awarded for perfect matches. Sequences of BAD-WORSE- WORST can also be practised like :  Marley was bad, but Baby Etchecopar was worse. Roberto Giordano was the worst one of them all.  
Early on in the morning of May 25th I will be travelling to Santa Fé for the
Congrees on Professional Development organized by the Universidad Nacional del Litoral. These are the times and venues for my presentations :

1.-  The Teaching of English in Argentina :  The Tragedy and the Glory. 

Officially representing Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico de
la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional

Friday 26th - 12:00 hours - Room 9  - Facultad de Ingeniería Química -

100 participants

The "STARTING OVER SYNDROME “(SOS)  has haunted the teaching of English in our country for years and it still does ! Year after year, we teachers seem to be condemmed to start afresh with every new group.

In this presentation participants will take a quick round tour down memory lane examining the predominant sets of beliefs, achievements  and shortcomings of ELT in our country over the last 25 years and will critically evaluate some of the latest "promises" and “illusions “

2.-  Teaching 40 in 40 minutes : Just a question of strategies ?

Macmillan Heinemann ELT

Friday 26th - 20:00 hours - Room 9 Facultad de Ingeniería Química

Is it a just a question of possessing the right teaching strategies or the  necessary conservation instinct ?
How to make the most of those 40 minute lessons with students in the last three
years of Secondary School.
Reading across the curriculum might be just one of the many possible answers. This practical demonstration will be illustrated with concrete examples of applications from the different "modalidades" of Educación Polimodal.  
I have been browsing the Congress site and having a look at the list of participants. Impressive ! And also how many familiar names. I can hardly wait till Thursday to meet so many friends again !
Another issue of SHARE is coming to an end, but we would not like to say goodbye without first repeating of plea in the editorial. If you are somewhere cozy at home, at the office at the school or college reading this : thank God for that. Other people are suffering out there and as we said before ; we can all do
something for them. 
So, we can say goodbye now with this beautiful poem that  Silvia Cristina Della Vedova <> from Villa Mercedes, San Luís sent to us :
Like the little old lady who returned your
wallet yesterday.
Like the taxi driver who told you that your eyes
light up the world, when you smile.
Like the small child who showed you the
wonder in simple things.
Like the poor man who offered to share his lunch
with you.
Like the rich man who showed you that it
really is all possible, if only you believe.
Like the stranger who just happened to come
when you had lost your way.
Like the friend who touched your heart,
when you didn't think you had one.
Angels come in all sizes and shapes,
all ages and skin types.
Some with freckles, some with dimples,
some with wrinkles, some without.
They come disguised as friends, enemies
teachers, students, lovers and fools.
They don't take life too seriously, they travel
They leave no forwarding address, they ask
nothing in return.
They are hard to find when your eyes are closed,
but when
you choose to see, they are everywhere you look.
So, open you eyes and count all your Angels-
for you are truly blessed !

Omar and Marina

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