An Ideas Page by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 2          Number 24       May  28th   2000
This issue of SHARE will get to you on Monday morning most probably. It will be a change from our weekend routine and I hope you do not mind this much and you do not miss your SHARE much over your Sunday rest. Of course, there were very good reasons for this delay.  I´m just back from the Santa Fé Congress and Marina has been writing and cutting and pasting a lot. But it takes time to get everything together !
So, here we are one day late and hoping you will accept our excuses. 
The Congress in Santa Fé ? It was a great experience : most of the biggest names in the Argentinean ELT scene were there and the organization was impecable. You felt cared for in every small detail :from the signs (especially the ones about the
use of cell phones in the conference rooms) to the chemical toilets,  from the  coffeee breaks to the programme book and the abstracts book , the play by ARTSPOT and what not). I believe it was really value for money.
On a strictly personal basis I was the happiest man on earth to meet my dear all
friends and PILES of SHARERS from all over the country and to have 111 teachers for a presentation at 20:00 hours on the second day of the Congress. What else can one ask for ?
My heartfelt congratulations to the organizers and the academic committee. We are already looking forward to Santa Fé 2002 !
In SHARE 24..
1.- Paraguay TESOL 
2.- Omar "rocking" the country.
3.- When People come into your life 
4.- Test How Smart you are    
5.- The International Congress in Tucumán    
6.- Thank you for your humour
7.- Jornada de Traducción e Interpretación 
8.- Recommended Sites
9.- What is "Education for a Change" ?
10- From a dear SHARER : Something to think about 
11- Creativity Workshop in Montevideo.
12- Call for Articles  
13- Ana,You are my kind of SHARER.
14- NLP Course in dear old Lomas
15- Answers to "Test How smart you are"
A dear SHARER from Asunción, Margaret Winmill from the Administration of Stael Ruffinelli de Ortiz- English and PARATESOL writes to us :

" Dear Omar, 

 I would like to congratulate you on SHARE. What you are doing is admirable: here at "Stael Ruffinelli de Ortiz - English", I print every edition of SHARE and put it in our teacher´s room and the teachers get some nice relevant reading during their brief breaks between classes." 

Margaret is the editor of PARATESOL NEWSLETTER where SHARE will have a corner with something like "The Best of SHARE". We are proud.

Margaret also informs us of the PARATESOL Annual Conference 2000 that will be held at the CCPA _Centro Cultural Paraguayo-Norteamericano__ on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th of July with the participation of keynote speakers from the United States and well-known Cono Sur lecturers.

I  will be conducting a special session on "Rock and Pop in the English Classroom 2000" and a concurrent session on "Planning a Unit of Work Lesson with Teenagers" 

For Additional information and registration, please contact Margaret Winmill  (NB: double "m" in mail).


Omar will be presenting his Seminar "THE NEW ROCK ´N POP IN THE ENGLISH CLASSROOM 2000" with more than 40 different techniques to exploit rock and pop hits in ELT in different locations of Buenos Aires province before the winter holidays :

SALTO, Pcia de Buenos Aires

Date & Time : Saturday 10th of June 9:00 to 12:00 hours

Venue : Escuela de Educación Técnica Nro 1 , Alte Brown y Arredondo

Fee : $ 10  Registration : Highway English Institute - Pueyrredón 192 - Telefax : 02474-42269 e-mail :

TRES ARROYOS, Pcia de Buenos Aires

Date & Time : Tuesday 20th of June 18:00 to 21:00 hours

Venue : Escuela Nro 1 , Calle Sarmiento 50

Fee : $ 10  Registration :  02983-425135 (evenings) e-mail :    

At the end of each seminar, Omar will conduct a micropresentation (30 minutes) of his book POLIMODAL ENGLISH and Macmillan Heinemann ELT will present each participant with a copy.

Omar is already organizing his presentations for the second half of the year with a menu of more than 25 courses of different lenghts. Many of them with official recognition from the provincial authorities . If you wish to organize a presentation in your area, please contact : Telefax : 011-4244-27-98 or 011-243-19-72 (office hours) ATT: Ms Graciela Marzinotto or e-mail



A dear and very active SHARER, freelance consultabt Diana Englebert Moody
<> says about the message she sent us and which we have copied for you :" This was so meaningful to me that I had to forward it....hope you enjoy it too..." . You bet we did ,Diana !

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you
figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.  When someone is in
your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed
outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to
provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally,
or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are.  They are
there for the reason, you need them to be.  Then, without any wrong doing on
your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to
bring the relationship to an end.  Sometimes they die.  Sometimes they
walk away.    Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled;
their work is done.  The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now
time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has
come  to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace
or make you laugh.  They may teach you something you have Never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it ! It is real !
But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; those things you must
build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to
accept the lesson, love the person/people (any way) and put what you have
learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.  It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being a part of my life...


Our unfaulting supporters and dear SHARERS Carolina and Graciela Paez send us this short questionaire that you can implement with  your students (even at a fairly elementary level) .

"The following small quiz consists of 4 questions, it tells whether you are smart or not. According to statistics of Andersen Worldwide, around 90% of the professionals surveyed failed the exam."

The answers ?  Find them in the last page of this issue .

The questions are not that difficult. You just need to be a bit smart ...

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

3.The Lion King is hosting an animal conference, all the animals attend except one.  Which animal does not attend ?                   

4. There is a river, which is inhabited by crocodiles. How do  you manage to cross it? 


Our dear friend and SHARER Alicia Nasca, of the Organizing Committe of the Primeras Jornadas Internacionales para Profesores de Inglés del Noroeste Argentino  which will be held in San Miguel de Tucumán from 16th to 18th of June 2000.

Alicia sends us the list of speakers and the topics of their plenaries :

Susana Soler de Bertini -  Universidad Nacional de Tucumán

“The Reading of Advanced Learners in the New Millennium”.

Daniel Reznik – IES en LV  - IES Joaquín V Gonzalez
"English 2000"
James Duncan – New Zealand
The Inner Structure of a Good Teacher”.


Cristina Carlosiano – Universidad Nacional de Tucumán e IES "Lola Mora"

“Story-Telling in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom " 


Miriam Rabinovich – Chile
“The Silent Dimension of Language”


Lucrecia D’Andrea de Mirande, Rosa Perea de Otrera, Sara López  -

Universidad Nacional de Tucumán

Use of  Language 1 in E.F.L. Teaching in San Miguel de Tucumán: A Case Study


Daniel Fernández – Universidad Nacional del Litoral
Professional Development: An Integrative Perspective”
Omar Villarreal – Universidad Tecnológica Nacional
An Unauthorized Story of E.L.T. in Argentina: Lessons from Yesteryear”


María Elisa Cordiviola

“Latest Methodologies for the Teaching of E.S.L.: Principles and Strategies”


Gabriel Diaz Maggioli – Uruguay
"The Windmills  of Our Minds: Teacher Thinking and Cognition”.
Fernando Fleurquin – Uruguay
“Classroom Observation for Teacher Development".
Ricardo Sampedro - Education for a Change 
"The Teaching of Social Values”.
Joice de Brito e Cunha – Brazil
The Magic of Drama in EFL”.


Ana María Armendáriz – National Ministry of Education

Foreign Language Teaching: Profession or Occupation”.



Commercial Presentations


Ana María Armendariz – Editorial Kapelusz
“Content with Content I, II y III”
Omar Villarreal – Macmillan Heinemann E.L.T. 
“Tackling Technical Texts with Teenagers”
Silvia Kosaruk –  Oxford University Press.
“New Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary”
Adriana Turrin – “Readers as a basis for  communication” –
Pearson Education S.A.
Paula Gelemur –  Cambridge University Press.
“Language in Use – Beginner”
María Elisa Cordiviola –  Richmond Publishing
“News 2000”

For additional information contact Stella Caramutti and Alicia Nasca from the Instituto Superior "Lola Mora" , the organizing institution,

The fees are  $ 50 if paid before May 26th and $ 60 if paid before June 16th.

Registration at I.E.S. “Lola Mora” – Muñecas 219 - San Miguel de Tucumán - e.mail: Tel/ Fax (0381) 4305316 from 19:30 to 23:00 hours


A dear SHARER from Rosario, Silvia Graziani writes to us :              

"Omar, Marina,
What's life without fun? I hope all the sharers enjoy this humble contribution :
The elderly man flattered himself that he was still a ladies' man, and decided to flirt with the beautiful waitress.
"So tell me, sweetheart, where have you been all my life?" he crooned.
"Actually, sir," she pointed out sweetly, "for the first 45 years of it, I wasn't even around."

What's the difference between an optimist and a pessimist?
An optimist created the airplane; a pessimist created the seat belts.


A waiter brings the customer the steak he ordered with his thumb over the meat.
"Are you crazy?" yelled the customer, "You have your hand on my steak!"
"What?" answers the waiter, "You want it to fall on the floor again?"


The farmer's son was returning from the market with the crate of chickens his father had entrusted to him, when all of a sudden the box fell and broke open. Chickens scurried off in different directions, but the determined boy walked all over the neighborhood scooping up the wayward birds and returning them to the repaired crate. Hoping he had found them all, the boy reluctantly returned home, anticipating the worst.
"Pa, the chickens got loose," the boy confessed sadly,"but I managed to find all twelve of them."
"Well, you did real good, son," the farmer beamed. "You left with seven."

A SHARER from the West Ana Maria Paonessa, President of the  Círculo de Traductores Públicos e Interpretes ( Sarmiento 355 -Dpto "3" Morón), announces : 

"Nos es muy grato informar que el sábado 1º de julio de 2000 de 9 a 17.30 tendrá lugar la I JORNADA DE TRADUCCIÓN E INTERPRETACIÓN organizada por el Círculo de Traductores Públicos e Intérpretes de la Zona Oeste y dirigida a Traductores Públicos, Científicos, Técnicos y Literarios, Intérpretes, Estudiantes y Profesores de las respectivas carreras.

La Jornada cuenta con el auspicio de la Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, la Municipalidad de Morón y la Municipalidad de La Matanza.


Cuenta también con la adhesión del Colegio de Traductores Públicos de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, de los Círculos de Traductores Públicos de la Zona Norte, del  Sur y de la Asociación Argentina de Traductores e Intérpretes.

Disertantes y Temas :

Alicia Zorrilla, Licenciada en Filosofía y Letras y Profesora especializada en Castellano, Literatura y Latín:

"El dominio del español en la labor de los traductores".

 Nilda Ayala, Traductora Pública, :

 “Ética profesional del Traductor Público”.

 Ricardo Chiesa, Traductor Público y Abogado:

"Cómo nos condiciona en nuestra tarea como traductores de textos jurídicos lo aprendido (o enseñado) en la Universidad: una propuesta de revisión y flexibilización".

Rut Simcovich, Intérprete de Conferencias:

“Capacitación y ejercicio de la profesión de intérprete”.

Sede de la Jornada: Ramón L. Falcón 4080 – Capital Federal (altura Rivadavia 8600)

Aranceles :  

Hasta el 31 de mayo de 2000: Graduados: $ 25. Estudiantes: $ 15.

A partir del 1º de junio: Graduados: $ 35. Estudiantes: $ 25.

Asociados al Círculo: $ 15.

INFORMES : 4372-0068 / 4751-2418 / 4672-0095 / 4654-2077 o por mail a ó "


A fellow SHARER, Carolina Ruiz Montani  has started her own site with resources that teachers can access at a very reasonable price. Let us see what Carolina has got to tell us : has already launched GALAXY KIDS, their EFL product for children aged 5 to 10. Galaxy Kids is a full multimedia interactive reading aid that focuses on contextualized reading with animation, and provides you with useful exercises: vocabulary building, pronounciation and word order. Two little aliens help children learn EFL and they introduce them to Maths adventures in English or Nursery rhymes, according to their age.
You can easily log in at . It is free for two months and you just have to fill in a very short form for your children or your school to enjoy it.
If you have any questions you can e-mail me to :
A very dear SHARER, Gloria Ferrari (a.k.a. "the aunt") sends us a tip : "You can access the New Yortk Times at and there subscribe to the Educational Supplement. I simply loved it" sasys Gloria, .
"and I hope your SHARERS find it useful too !". Well, why not giving it a try ?  
Our Internet guru and very dear SHARER Bernardo Banega  (h)  sends us this very important piece of news, especially for the "technological" teacher :
The 21st Century Teachers Network

The 21st Century Teachers Network is a learning organization made up of teachers and educational professionals who help one another overcome the obstacles that arise when technology is integrated into school settings.  Users can sign up on the Web site and have access to useful news, research, and reports.  The "Teacher to Teacher" area allows educators to share ideas and ask questions of other teachers through online message boards.  You can view the 21st Century Teachers Network Web site at:

Bernieh warns us " it seems the webserver of this organization is being
updated this weekend. So, if you're unable to connect. try next week". 

Ricardo Sampedro, Director of "Education for a Change " says "To shape a better world, where solidarity and tolerance are more important than having money and consuming, we need to be aware of the kind of education we want for us and the generations to come."  He goes on to explain : "Education for a Change" is an independent teacher-training and support project which promotes work with social values in the English language classsroom. It is now working in partnership with Intensive School of English (ISE) based in Brighton, run by Paul Seligson.

Ricardo Sampedro, former Oxford University Press educational consultant, trainer and ELT manager, is a graduate translator from IES Lenguas Vivas who specialised in social issues. Taught in bilingual schools and gave, as OUP trainer, a wide range of workshops all over the country, many of these addressing social issues. In the last three years has been researching in this field with particular focus on the way to incorporate values the classroom. 

More information can be requested from F. Acuña de Figueroa 118, 1ro "A" (1180) Buenos Aires . TE : 011- 4982-2409

One of Ricardo´s next presentations will be in the city of Rosario :


Venue ;  Saint Bartholomew, Tucumán 1257, Rosario

Date and time: Saturday 17 June, 9:30 to 13:00

Fee: $ 10.- (includes 10-page handout)

Pre-registration: Saint Bartholomew (0341-4406268/4219920 fax 4245702), Librería Ameghino (0341-4498906) and SBS Rosario (0341-4261276)


A young and sensitive SHARER ,Pablo Rosenhain writes to us :

Dear Omar,

First of all I wanted to congratulate you and Marina for this beautiful page and thank to all those people that help this page to keep rolling.
This is a poem that was sent to me by a friend, and I think this will be not
only a good thing to share but also a good thing to put in practice; think about this... (if you wish to answer to me personally you can use my e-mail address)

Something to think about.

The little child whispered,
"God, speak to me"
and a meadowlark sang,
but the child did not hear.
So the child yelled,
"God, speak to me!"
and the thunder rolled across the sky
but the child did not listen.
The child looked around and said,
"God let me see you"
and a star shone brightly
but the child did not notice.
And the child shouted,
"God, show me a miracle!"
and a life was born
but the child did not know.
So the child cried out in despair,
"Touch me God, and let me know you are here!"
Whereupon God reached down and touched the child,
But the child brushed the butterfly away
And walked away unknowingly.
Often times, the things we seek

are right underneath our noses.
Don't miss out on your blessing because

it isn't packaged the way that you


A dear SHARER from Uruguay, Martin Inthamoussú sends us the following piece of information about a new course he will be running as from next month (June). CREATIVITY WORKSHOP

This workshop has been designed for students of different levels who have an interest in theatre and dancing and who wish to extend their English through this medium.

Aims: The course provides a combination of different arts and language studies. It is designed to improve participants’ knowledge of the English language and extend their skills in using it. It will also provide students’ with experience and practice in dancing, drama techniques; developing their interest in, and appreciation of, performing and non-performing arts.

Modality: Teaching will be mainly a workshop. Students will have the opportunity to experience different creativity processes as well as different means of expression. There will be particular emphasis on speaking and listening. Participants may also be required to complete a number of written and reading tasks.

Areas: The course includes practice in:

Frequency: Ideally, students are expected to complete the course in one year. That would involve me going to your place once a week. Session’s length will depend on students’ disposition and language level (generally, each session lasts, at least, one hour and a half)

Further information from Martín Inthamoussú,

A dear SHARER from Tandil, Mónica Aparicio, writes to us :
"Dear Omar and Marina,
Even though I haven't "shared" so far I enjoy reading your newsletter. I was wondering if you could publish a call for articles for  TESOL Video News in your next newsletter. Congrats on your work in SHARE !
Best wishes from a Tandilense SHARER
Monica Aparicio "
TESOL Video News is an international, independent, juried publication focused on providing its readers with practical articles on the production and use of video in English teaching, including student and teacher produced videos, reviews of commercially available materials, listening/speaking/reading/writing instruction through movies and TV, media literacy, film analysis, intercultural training, video as an assessment tool, teacher education, interactive video, distance learning, and the use of new video-related technology. We invite your submissions in the form of articles, narratives, column, announcements, teaching tips, reviews and other news. Length of articles should be in the 500-1000 word range, which may be negotiated with the editors. Generally, less is best, avoid footnotes and practical, not theoretical.
Please send three (3) copies of all material by e-mail (cut and paste into message, no attachments, hard copies or disks, if possible) to Tom Bello, Newsletter Editor <> and Co-editors Eph Tunkle <> and Monica Aparicio <>. All articles should include author's affiliation, email address and a brief bio (up to 25 words). We are also considering the inclusion of photos in your article. Send photos, again, preferably by email, directly to Eph Tunkle.

Dear Omar and Marina, 
My name is Ana Maria Antonini de Desperes. I'm writing from Tres Arroyos. It was my dear friend Marta Malaccorto who sent you my address.She's computer fan but I'm a lowly user. However, I'll never thank her enough for giving me this chance to share your valuable e-publications. I'm enjoying them a lot.I work at a private school. This is hard work but I love the  atmosphere                               Marta told me that you could come and give a lecture here in our town. This would be great ! 
I'll tell you something about me. I'm happily married ( and I've been for 37 years now) a bit old fashioned,isn't it? I'm 57 and I think I haven't got any marble missing yet. I feel that way,at least. I've got 4 children, all of them boys, three of them married, so I could give a lecture on 'How to deal with three daudhters in law and still stay alive' !!! (just kidding). I'm a five time grandmother but I also have a lovely' baby' of sixteen at home.This pet was ordered from Paris when the other three left for La Plata to go to university.The empty nest syndrome felt  hard ! 
He is now the one who makes us feel young and up to date. He is our ' alibi' according to a friend of ours' words. He took F.C.E. last year and is ready to spend three weeks in England next July and take a course there. I'm really proud because because I was his teacher. Some days it was kind of an agony, but I made it!!!  
O.K., enough with me. Here's a small contribution to share with our fellow- SHARES :
''No wonder people never go alone on a roller coaster. Like marriage, it is a trip  on which one needs a strong seat mate, someone to cling to,to clutch frantically      when the long, perilous descents begin, and to laugh with when the car climbs      safely up again. Up and down. Down and up. And never sure what is around the       next bend." ( Helen Van Slyke, novelist) .
I'm very happy to be near you. All my love for you and Marina 
Ana Desperés 
Thank you, Ana for being such a great SHARER !!!  It is for people like you we write SHARE and you are the ones who give us the strength to carry on .

Asociación Argentina de Cultura Inglesa (AACI) & Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Buenos Aires (APIBA) wish to announce the workshop "Neurolinguistic Programming in ELT".

This workshop will be presented by Daniela Delgado (Awarded the 1999 FAAPI scholarship ); TESOL Certificate, University of California; MA candidate at the UBA, Social Communication Sciences) and it is aimed at giving a short introduction to the theory underlying Neurolinguistic Programming and exploring practical applications of NLP techniques to the teaching of English.

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 13th, 2000 from 6.30 to 8 pm

Venue: AACI, Meeks 444, Lomas de Zamora

Registration : l 4244-2280 or 4243-3927, 12.30 to 3.30pm (Mon.-Fri)

This event is FREE of charge for APIBA members. Non-members are requested to pay a contribution of $10.

Congatulations to APIBA and AACI for offering us this opportunity !


 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

Correct Answer  : open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door.
This question tests whether you are doing simple things in a complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Wrong Answer: open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and  close the door
Correct Answer: open the refrigerator, take out of the giraffe,  put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your prudence.

3.The Lion King is hosting an animal conference, all the animals attend except one.  Which animal does not attend ?                   

Correct Answer: The Elephant! ...still in the refrigerator!
This tests whether you have  comprehensive thinking.

4. There is a river, which is inhabited by crocodiles. How do
    you manage to cross it?

Correct Answer: Simply swim through it. All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting !

Time to say goodbye again. This time we chose a Chinese proverb that Mirta Yez , a dear SHARER sent to us in Spanish. Here we offer it to you
in translation :

If I have a coin and you have another coin,
and you give me your coin and I give you mine,
Then each one of us will have a coin.
But if I have an idea (or a feeling)
and you have another idea (or a feeling)
when we exchange them
We will both have two ideas (or two feelings)
Life is SHARING....
What we will not translate is the words Mirta chose to say goodbye :

Omar and Marina

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