An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 2          Number 25      June 3rd    2000
What a lot of material we have got for this issue !
What a good opportunity to express our gratitude to all of you, dear SHARERS !
You  are the real "makers" of this electronic publication !
Thank you for your contributions . Thank you for the information you send us and which helps us to keep everyone informed about the latest developments in
the ELT scene in our countries ! 
Very often people ask us about the origins of SHARE and they cannot believe when we say that SHARE started as a Halloween greeting card sent to some fifty friends and then week after week it evolved into what it is  now : 
a publication with a readership of  around 2,700 teachers in countries like Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Perú, Mexico, the States, England, and... even one  reader in Spain and another one in France,
We ARE proud ! Our family of SHARERS gets bigger and bigger every time and we count every one of you as a blessing. Let´s stick together ! 
In SHARE 25.
1.- You are the Carpenter
2.- Workshops in ICANA.
3.- Bernieh´s Corner 
4.- A Logic Problem     
5.- ESP Interest Section at ARTESOL    
6.- Those Four Letter Words
7.- English as a Business 
8.- Some WWW News
9.- APIBA´s Seminar on International Examinations 
10- Let´s Go to Brazil !! 
11- The Full Monty  
12- Share Fair at Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata.
13- The Unbearable Lists.
14- After Santa Fe
15.-Congratulations, Jamie ! 
16.-The International Congress in Tucuman.  

A dear SHARER from Lagomar,Uruguay : Elena María García writes to us :

" Dear Omar and Marina,

Even though this is my first Share e-mail, I enjoy reading your newsletter. I’m a secondary teacher at both private and state schools. I want to share with you something a friend sent me and I have shared with my students from 4th, 5th and 6th grade. And it has worked very well !
Congratulations on your work in SHARE ! "

The Carpenter

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the frontier key to the carpenter.

"This is your house" he said, "my gift to you." What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently.

Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Who could say it more clearly?

Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.

Thank you, Elena and keep SHARING !
Rosana Carlino from Dpto. Cultural - ICANA -  Instituto Cultural Argentino
Norteamericano ,   writes to us to announce the following workshops :
Vocabulary Development for the Advanced Levels
Tuesday, June 6, from 15:15  to 17:15 hours
at  ICANA BELGRANO, 3 de Febrero 821.  
Adapting the Textbook
Wednesday, June 7, from 16:00 to 18:00 hours
at ICANA CENTRAL, Maipú 672. 

Both worshops are ADMISSION FREE and will be coordinated by :

Marguerite Ann Snow, Professor of Education in the TESOL M.A. Program at California State University, Los Angeles. She has been selected an Outstanding Professor for 1998-1999. She was given the award by the University's president, James Rosser, at ceremonies on September 24. Ms.Snow joined the California State University as an Assistant Professor in 1988.  

Furher information and registration at ICANA Central 4322-4557/ 3855/4971 and ICANA Belgrano 4772-5104 and 4771-6384.
By the way, have you visited ICANA´s homepage: ?

Our dear friend, active SHARER and Internet guru , Bernardo Banega has become a such a regular contributor to our publication that we have decided to give him a "corner"  to SHARE his expertise with all of us. He will be, in Richard Marx´s words, "right here waiting" for your queries about the Internet, to advise on useful sites and to troubleshoot for you in matters concerning educational tecchnology.

Today he replies to Agustina Tornquist´s request for help to find interesting sites for her primary school teachers. Says Bernieh  :

"As I understand, Agustina is in need of English texts and vocabulary
related to items of our everyday life. That kind of teaching material can
be found (ready to use, which is SO nice ! ) in the so called "lesson plans"
that populate several sites, mainly in USA, Canada and England. I've been
browsing some of these last week, which I am glad to share with her and with all our fellow SHARERS :
The AskERIC Lesson Plan Collection contains more than 1100 lesson plans
written by teachers from all over the United States.
This is "North Carolina Teaching Treasures", with lots of ideas and tips
from North Carolina educators.
This is the "Lesson Bank" from Texas-based RMC Research Corporation.
This TNT is not dangerous... It stands for Tried *n* True, a project in
which North Carolina Teachers wrote model lesson plans for K-12. Nice and
handy, IMHO.
This address is self-explanatory: over 900 free lesson plans on every
conceivable subject... or so.

Now, from the media:
One of the BEST news related sites with English teaching contents I found
in the Internet. The Bangkok Post is making a real effort to help both teachers and students to use the newspaper as a valuable resource for teaching/learning English. As all the material is "tainted" with Thai culture aspects, this material offers an extra bonus: cross-cultural insights.

Just in case...
(Warning: put this long, long URL together in a single line). This is "The Realm of Fairytales", featuring 40 stories from the classical authors. id=BryStor&images=images/mod
Another long one (it goes all together in a single line). This is a webpage
from the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library, featuring
50 stories by Sara Cone Bryant.

From this author, see also "How to Tell Stories to Children, and Some
Stories to Tell" (wonderful!), at:
This long one is "The Realm of Nursery Rhymes", with lots of... nursery
rhymes for the little ones. (BTW, check also (bottom link), and wait a minute
or so to hear "What are little girls made of" :-)

These are all resources NOT listed in my English Resources webpage,
If you visit my webpage, follow the "Food for Teaching" and "Media" links, to find some additional material.

Hope this helps. See you next week (or rather, hope you read me ) !!

A dear SHARER from Brazil, John F. Anderson ( Mr English )  sends us this problem of logic . He says that Einstein wrote this text at the beginning of the century and that 98% of the world population couldn't get it... Here it goes :

1.- There are 5 houses of 5 different colours

2.- In each house there is a person from a different country

3.- 5 owners, each drink a different sort of drink; different kind of cigarette and has different pets.

The question is : Who has a fish ?

Tips :

The English man lives in the red house;
The Swedish man has a dog;
The Danish man drinks Tea;
The Norwegian man lives in the first house;
The German smokes Prince;
The green house stands by the white one, on the left;
The owner of the green house drinks coffee;
The man who smokes Pall Mall has a bird;
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill;
The man who lives in the middle house drinks milk;
The man who smokes Blends lives side by side of the man who has a cat;
The man who has a horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill;
The man who smokes Bluemaster drinks beer;
The man who smokes Blends is the man who drinks water's next door neighbour;
The Norwegian lives side by side of the blue house.
The answer in our next issue of SHARE. Well, if you cannot wait till them e-mail
John to  or visit John´s homepage :
Our dear SHARERS and neighbours (both from dear old Lomas de Zamora) Liliana and Patricia Orsi write to us :
Dear Omar and Marina,
Could you please publish this call for contributions in your SHARE bulletin that we all enjoy reading every Sunday ? 
Liliana Orsi - Patricia Orsi, Co-chairs ESP IS ARtesol                                                                               

ESP IS ARTESOL Newsletter  

Purposes of the Newsletter

To keep ESP IS ARTESOL members in touch with each other.
To raise issues of shared interest and concern.
To give members a chance to speak out and share their ideas and experiences.
To put out calls for action, such as voting.
To make connections between the ESP IS and other groups of similar interest.
To spread the influence of the ESP IS

Call for Submissions

The ESP Interest Section of ARgentina TESOL  invites you to send your contribution for  the up-coming issue of ESP IS AR Newsletter. Your submissions can be in the form of articles, columns, and research notes .                                                                                       

Writer's Guidelines for ESP IS ARTESOL Newsletter

Articles should be 800-1200 words in length.Articles should be of interest to all ESP teachers. Articles should have a practical focus, be concise, accurate, and timely. Please submit your articles together with a 30-word biodata to the editors . Deadline for submissions is  June 16th 2000

Editorial Guidelines

In order to enhance clarity or style, the Newsletter Editors reserve the right to edit any material submitted for publication.  Submissions may also be shortened to fit available space. The author will be consulted if changes are substantial.
Send your submission to:  or to the editors:
Maria Laura Rossi- 
Ana Maria Rocca-                                                  
A dear SHARER from Asunción, Paraguay, Luisa Paz Escudero sends us this message about the sad facts of married life :
"A young couple got married and left on their honeymoon. When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother. Her mother asked, "How was the honeymoon?"

"Oh, mama," she replied, "the honeymoon was wonderful! So romantic..."
Suddenly she burst out crying. "But, mama, as soon as we returned Sam started using the most horrible language...things I'd never heard before! I mean, all these awful 4-letter words! You've got to come get me and take me home.... Please mama!"
"Sarah, Sarah," her mother said, "calm down! Tell me, what could be so awful? What 4-letter words?"
"Please don't make me tell you, mama," wept the daughter, "I'm so embarrassed they're just too awful! Come get me, please!"
"Darling, baby, you must tell me what has you so upset.... Tell your mother these horrible 4-letter words!"

Still sobbing, the bride said, "Oh, mama...words like DUST, WASH, IRON, COOK...!"
Thank you, Luisa and see you soon at the PARATESOL Convention !
A dear SHARER, Betty Wolf, Executive Director of BEWEnglish/Hypermedia
2000 writes to us :

"BEWEnglish/Hypermedia 2000 would like to invite you to our seminar
EL NEGOCIO DEL INGLES, which will be held at Juncal 2530. Buenos Aires. The first module will take place on June 17th from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm, and the second module will be given on July 1st from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm.

The lecturers are Betty Wolff and Marcelo Rodeiro plus a collection of distinguished guests. All material will be provided, snacks are included, and certificates of attendance will be issued.

We will discuss ENGLISH AS A BUSINESS. We will present all that
teachers and institute and schools owners need to know to turn their centers
into expanding and profitable units. Some of the topics that will be analyzed
are competition analysis, price strategies, guerrilla marketing, contacts and
networks, taxing and financing, relational data bases, on-line reporting,
strategic alliances, advertising, franchising and additional services, image
care, recession survival tips, etc.

If you happen to be interested, visit our site at
Or send us a message to  Phone: 54 11 4 825 0303
Fax: 54 11 4 821 3572. "

This is the seventh time Betty and her team have the challenge to repeat this action provocative seminar. We wish them all the very best ! 


A dear SHARER from Essex, England ( and very well known in the world of ELT in the Cono Sur and beyond) Martin Eayrs is now
publishing his ELT News & Views Calendar of Events for English Teachers in the
Cono Sur ( " I hope to update it monthly ..." says Martin in his e-mail to us)
You can visit Martin´s Website and consult a most complete calendar at :
Secretaría de Educación del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires publishes an electronic newsletter in Spanish SEDNET ESPECIAL with useful information (especially but not exclusively) relevant to teachers in Ciudad de B.A.  To subscribe, send a mail to  or to the City´s Secretary of Education .
You can also visit the Secretariat´s portal
Analia Kandel,Deputy Treasurer of APIBA, writes to announce APIBA´s
International Examinations Seminar,
An overview of international examinations offered by different Boards in Argentina to be held on  Saturday, June 24 from 9:00 to 17:00 hours at Colegio Champagnat, Montevideo 1050, Capital Federal

The Seminar will be opened with an Academic Presentation by Maria Silvia Stagnaro, MA on testing and assessment. Afterwards, various Examination Boards will make presentations and distribute printed material about the International Exams they offer. A seminar pack with relevant material from all Examination boards will be distributed among all participants.

Enrolment : E-mail: , Fax: 4811-8743 or 4815-4976

In person: M. T. de Alvear 1369  Tuesdays or Thursdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or contact the APIBA Local Delegate at your Institution.

Fees : APIBA Members / teacher trainees: free of charge All others: $25

Our dear friend and SHARER,  Paul Lagiard Jones in a message to us quotes Indira Gandhi  as saying : "My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people:  those who do the work and those who take the credit.  He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there. " 

We know what side to place APIBA on. They should also be given credit for and support in their many initiatives.

(10)  LET´S GO TO BRAZIL !! 

A friend and brand new SHARER, Adriana Kaufman
is organizing a special trip of a group of Argentinian teachers  to the BRAZ TESOL CONVENTION to be held in Sao Paulo during our winter holidays ( when it is so sunny and pleasant there ! ) from 17th to 20th of July 2000.  Adriana writes :

" This is a special offer for all the Argentinean teachers that wish to attend
the Braz Tesol Convention, Share their knowledge and experience with teachers
from Brazil and participate in workshops and seminars held by the most
important personalities from the ELT field !!
The organisers expect 2000 participants ! You can be one of them. The package we have prepared for you includes :

Air ticket (plus all taxes)
Five nights in a double room at the Paulista Wall Street Hotel (breakfast included) 
Total Cost U$ 597 "
If you want to know more about the Convention programme , you can visit BRAZ TESOL´S website: 
If you want more information about the special package that Adriana has prepared (three day convention- five nights in Sao Paulo !! ) contact her at : 
e-mail: , telephone: (011) 4784-6676 
(11) THE FULL MONTY                            

A young and dear SHARER from the Southern Greater Buenos Aires, José Luís Laturu, sends us this contribution which he says he picked up from Lawrence Paros´s A WORD WITH YOU. A site we have often recommended before in SHARE. José Luís quotes :

"In  the States, people opt for "the whole shooting match". In England, it is "the full Monty". First formally recorded in 1986 as a part of the jargon of a long running British soap opera, the term caught on in the early 1990s, achieving international recognition in 1997 from the film of the same name featuring male stripers who gave their all. Theories abound as to its source. Some think it a corruption of “the full amount”. Others favor Monte, the card game played in Spain as well as the American street corner version, noted for fleecing customers of everything, as well as the gambler’s jargon for the kitty or pot. Looking to brake the blank, where better than Monte Carlo?

Other possibilities are an old TV commercial for "Del Monte" fruit juice in which one of the characters insisted on “The full Del Monte”. There is also Field Marshall  Montgomery (Monty) on a parade with all his medals or his penchant for a hearty breakfast. What suits us, however is Montague Burton, noted  British tailors who featured a full three piece suit replete with waist coat."


The Departamento de Lenguas Modernas de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata announce their "Share fair of teaching techniques" that will be held from September 8th through 10th 2000.

This Share Fair is aimed at language teachers who work with children, adolescents, and adults in general English courses. It will be an excellent opportunity for experienced and inexperienced teachers to share and/or hear about activities, techniques and methods that have been successfully used in the ELT classroom.

All presentations will be highly practical focusing on activities and/or materials that the presenters have developed and tried. 
Discussion of theoretical principles underlying the activities will be kept to a minimum. Most of the time available will be devoted to showing rather than telling. At the end of each presentation 5 minutes will be allotted for questions and comments from the audience

Proposals for presentations can be sent to the Organizing Committee until 10 July, 2000 to to the following address where you can also get additional information about the event :

Chair of the Organizing Committee ,Dr. Susana B. Tuero
Share Fair of Teaching Techniques
Decanato de la Facultad de Humanidades
Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata
Dean Funes 3350
7600 Mar del Plata
Phone/Fax: (0223) 475-2277  Phone:     (0223) 479-8320 or 3500


We continue with a tradition we started in SHARE 23 : to publish Lists of DO´s and DON´T´s to organize your otherwise messy life . This time, it is  a contribution from a dear SHARER from Mendoza Luís Khan, . Luís publishes his own list on an array of topics, basically issues of human interest. If you wish to join "El Viejo Luís" as he calls himself, just drop him a line at his e-mail address. This is Luis´s  contribution to SHARE :

10 Ways to Terrorize a Telemarketer

10. When they ask "How are you today?" Tell them! "I'm so  glad you asked because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems; my arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died..."

9. If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them  to spell their name. Then ask them to spell the company  name. Then ask them where it is located. Continue asking them personal questions or questions about their
company for as long as necessary.

8. Cry out in surprise, "Judy! Is that you? Oh my God! Judy, how have you been?" Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of pause as she tries to figure out where  the h--l she could know you from.

7. If MCI calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family and  Friends Plan, reply, in as SINISTER a voice as you can, "I  don't have any friends ... would you be my friend?"

6. If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed for bankruptcy and you could sure use some money.

5. Tell the telemarketer you are on "home incarceration" and ask if they could bring you a case of beer and some chips.

4. After the telemarketer gives their spiel, ask him/her to marry you. When they get all flustered, tell them that you could not just give your credit card number to a complete stranger.

3. Tell the telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask them if they will give you their HOME phone number so you can call them back. When the telemarketer explains that they cannot give out their home number, you say,
"Ok, and since I didn't give you MY home number, we'll be EVEN when you take me off YOUR list."

2. Insist that the caller is really your buddy Leon, playing a  joke. "Come on Leon, cut it out! Seriously, Leon, how's  your momma?"

And first and foremost:

1. Tell them to talk VERY SLOWLY, because you want to  write EVERY WORD down.


Dear Omar

"It was a very great pleasure to meet you last week in Santa Fe at the 1st
Regional Congress on Professional Development for Teachers of English - and
what an excellent event it was - brilliantly well-organised with a superb
buzz in the air !

This was my first visit to Argentina for 19 years. It was a wonderful
opportunity to meet old friends - who were kind enough to recognise the
older, greyer, fatter me - to make new friends, and to meet some of our
subscribers and contributors.

Something I hadn't forgotten - but it was good to be reminded nonetheless -
was just how serious, committed and professional  teachers of English in
Argentina are. And this is why I am particularly pleased to have been given
the opportunity by you to make a special offer to all SHARERS.

As you know, we have a fair number of subscribers our magazine ENGLISH TEACHING professional in Argentina but I still don't think we've done enough to 'spread the word'. Can I suggest the following:

- A saving of 10% on the UK annual subscription rate. This is usually GBP 20.
For SHARERS the rate will be GBP 18. - Closing date for the offer 30 June 2000.

- This is a personal offer from me and SHARERS who wish to take it up should
email me personally at < >  For reasons of administration it would be helpful if SHARERS could write "Sharers offer" in the subject line.

- Payment will need to be made by international credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express - not Diners).  All we need is the full name and address of the subscriber, the credit card number and the expiry date

- And in the spirit of sharing, if anyone would like two copies of their first issue so that they can share one with a colleague, please let me know when you subscribe and I will arrange it

- Anyone who cannot pay by international credit card can subscribe through Advice Book-Shop in Santa Fe. ( contact Susana or Claudio Beruti)

Thank you again for your interest in ETp. Let's keep in touch - and I hope to
see you at FAAPI in September.

With best wishes


Nicolas Ridley
Publisher ETp "

I had referred before to this superb publication in a previous issue of SHARE and told SHARES Nicolas had a surprise in store for us.... but there is more, as from our next issue, we will be publishing a number of  brief extracts from Nicolas´s  personal selection of ETp articles. They will be most welcome ! 


A very dear SHARER Jamie Duncan, a Teacher Educator with International House and a Lecturer in Language III at Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado Técnico de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional launched his resource book for the teacher of English "PASSIONFRUIT" last Friday 2nd June at International House, Belgrano, Arcos 1830. Heartfelt Congratulations !

Jamie has promised to contribute a small extract from his book to one of forthcoming issues of SHARE. We will be be eagerly waiting for it.  Jamie can be contacted at


Wow ! Only two weeks to go for one of the major events in the ELT world of Argentina :  the Primeras Jornadas Internacionales para Profesores de Inglés del Noroeste Argentino.

Some of the most celebrated names in ELT in the Cono Sur will be in  San Miguel de Tucumán from 16th to 18th of June : Ana Maria Armendariz. Daniel Resznik,  Daniel Fernandez, Lucrecia DÁndrea de Mirande, Ricardo Sampedro, Rosa de Otrera, Susana Soler de Bertini, Sara López, Cristina Carlosiano, María Elisa Cordiviola from Argentina, Jamie Duncan from New Zealand,  Miriam Rabinovich from Chile, Gabriel Diaz Maggioli and Fernando Fleurquin from Uruguay and Joice de Brito e Cunha from Brazil.

A most promising event with the highest academic standards and the warm hospitality of Tucuman ! An event you cannot miss. Oh, I was forgetting to say I will be lecturing there too.  

Additional information ? Contact Stella Caramutti and Alicia Nasca from the Instituto Superior "Lola Mora" , the organizing institution, – Muñecas 219 - San Miguel de Tucumán - e.mail: Tel/ Fax (0381) 4305316 from 19:30 to 23:00 hours

Our dear SHARER, Laura Lewin (" pats on your shoulder for your newsletter !".
She says) will offer her successful Seminar Coordinating Successfully
to Teachers, Coordinators and Directors (present and future ones)  next
Saturday, June 10, 2000 at ABS International, Güemes 4252  Buenos Aires
Topics include: Recruiting and Hiring Teachers , Interviewing Techniques,
Observation of Classes, Teacher Evaluation and Feedback, Motivation of Teachers, Students, and Staff, Creating a Team Atmosphere, Handling Difficult Personalities and General Leadership Tips among many others.
For further information, contact Tel/Fax. 4832-3000 or E-mail Laura to :  


I warned you when we started that we had such an enormous ammount of material to SHARE this week ( and how much has been postponed for future issues !!). We have to say goodbye now .Once asgain we would like to use the words of a dear SHARER for that. This time : Maria Silvia Ortega from Resistencia, Chaco, a small but very dear SHARER.

"Hi Omar !!!!  I really enjoyed seeing you in the seminar in Santa Fé. I hope you recovered after those three exhausting days. As I told in Santa Fé , I have a nice piece of writing which I 'd you to have to contribute to your wonderful SHARE MAGAZINE. It is called  Don't ever by Laine Pearson

Don't ever try to understand everything
some things will just never make sense.
Don't ever be reluctant to show your feelings
when you are happy ,give into it!
when you are not, live with it
Don't ever be afraid when to try to make things better-
you might be surprised at the results.
Don't ever take the weight of the world
on your shoulders.
Don't ever be threatened by the future-
take life one day at a time.
Don't ever feel guilty about the past-
what's done is done .Learn from the mistakes
 you might have made.
Don't ever forget that you can achieve
so many of the things you can imagine-
Imagine that !!!It 's not as hard as it seems
Don't ever stop loving.
Don't ever stop believing..
Don't ever stop dreaming you dreams !
Thank you, Marisil ! To you and to all our dear colleagues and SHARERS
Omar and Marina
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