An Electronic Magazine by Omar
Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
June 10th 2000
Dear SHARERS ,
Gee, It´s great to be writing for
you again. Seomehow we´ve got to make these postings shorter. Some SHARERS
complained they cannot get them because they are too long. We´ll find a way SOON
and that won´t imply making the shorter.
Another surprise for all our dear
Today we wanted to start with a list that
a dear SHARER, Cecilia Ramirez sent to us ( Can we add "writing SHARE " to it ?)
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE
Laughing so hard your face hurts.
A hot shower.
No lines at the
A special glance.
Taking a drive on a scenic
Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
Lying in bed listening to
the rain outside..
Finding the sweater you want is on sale for half
A bar of Chocolate .
A long distance phone call.
A good conversation.
Finding a $100 note
in your coat from last winter.
Laughing at yourself.
absolutely no reason at all.
Having someone tell you that you're
Laughing at an inside joke.
Falling in love for the
Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about
Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to
Your first kiss.
Making new friends or spending time with old
Playing with a puppy.
Late night talks with your roommate
someone play with your hair.
Swinging on swings.
Watching a good movie cuddled up on a
couch with someone you love.
Wrapping presents for the Christmas
Song lyrics inside your new CD so you can sing along
without feeling stupid
Making chocolate chip cookies!
Hugging the person
Watching the sunrise.
Getting out of bed every morning and
thanking God for another beautiful
In SHARE 25.
1.- From Jamie : "Passionfruit" for
the Language Teacher
2.- A Woman´s Look in the
3.- Workshops in the land at the end of
4.- From ETp : Looking at
Students´Mistakes 5.- ESP
Interest Section at ARTESOL
6.- For your children´s courses:
Riddles from Uruguay
7.- Agnes of
8.- New Committee of the Bahía
9.- Bernieh´s Corner.
10- Beyond Belief
12- Omar goes on "Rocking" the
13- Information about Tests.
14- Omar makes an announcement.
15.-Many Ducky retuns of the
(1) FROM JAMIE :
"PASSIONFRUIT" FOR THE LANGUAGE TEACHER
Dear Omar and Marina,
Thank you for your offer to
include an idea from Passionfruit in SHARE. It was hard choosing something
short enough for the magazine and representative of the work! There are
some nice ideas for posters in the book and loads of language practice material
but I finally settled on something any teacher could set up : it´s called
"Instant Time Capsules" .
is a quick activity you can do without
Aim: To practise
describing objects and their uses.
terms and the use of 'to' and 'for' for explaining purpose. Any relevant
Level: Elementary and above.
Materials: Whatever you have in the classroom and
in the students' possession.
Time: 10 minutes in spoken version, 20
minutes with writing.
the idea of time capsules as a way of preserving the present for future
generations. Ask what objects the
students would imagine finding in a time capsule representing life in their town
50, 100 or 300 years ago.
ask them to find an object in the classroom, in their bag or on their person
which they would donate to an instant time capsule. It should be something to represent the
present day like the latest model of sports shoe, a sticker, a new type of
calculator, a picture of a hot star,
student writes a paragraph explaining his/her object to someone who is going to
open the capsule in 500 years time.
You may want to do a model for the group
put their work on display and walk around and viewing everyone's choices.
you, Jamie for SHARING a little bit of your resource book for teachers
(2) A WOMAN´S LOOK IN THE MIRROR
Our very dear friend and
founding SHARER Elida Messina sends us this thought-provoking piece of
reflection (albeit: " in the mirror" ). What does a woman see when she looks at
herself in the mirror ?
3: Looks at herself and sees a Queen!
8: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella/Sleeping
Age 15: Looks at herself and sees herself as
Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty/Cheerleader or if she is PMS'ing: sees
Fat/Pimples/UGLY ("Mom I can't go to school looking like
Age 20: Looks at
herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly"
- but decides she's going anyway.
Age 30: Looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin,
too short/too tall,too straight/too curly" - but decides she doesn't have
time to fix it so she's going anyway.
Age 40: Looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin,
too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but says, "At least, I'm
clean" and goes anyway.
Age 50: Looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes
wherever she wants to go.
Age 60: Looks at herself and reminds herself of all
the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out
and conquers the world.
Age 70: Looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter
and ability, goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple
hat and goes out to have fun with the world.
Does the same happen to men ? The ball is in our
court now . Would any SHARER contribute a similar reflection about men ?
(3) WORKSHOPS IN THE LAND AT THE END OF THE WORLD
SHARER, Maria Marta Suárez, firstname.lastname@example.org will be SHARING her
expertise with our colleagues in our incredible "land at the end of the world".
Maria Marta will be conducting two Workshops in Ushuaia. Here are the details :
A- Trust-building in the English Classroom II. New !
An experiential workshop during which
teachers will learn holistic activities to carry out in their own classes
and will also enjoy the atmosphere created by co-operative and self discovery
games, which together with the harmonising power of dance, music and songs
reinforce the bonds of trust needed to facilitate learning, group interaction
and laughter in the classroom.
B- Accelerated Learning .
How to make Beginners become
Pre-Intermediates in just one month!
Suggestopedia, NLP, Psychodrama,
Psychosynthesis and Whole Language combined to accelerate the language
learning process. Teachers will take home a myriad of practical ideas and will
have the opportunity to have hands on experience with useful accelerated
The workshops will take place
in Colegio Las
Lengas. (Esquina de Chubut y Santa Cruz). Ushuaia
on June 17th
from 10.00 to 13.00
(Workshop A) and from 16.00 to 19.00. Hs. (Workshop B)
The fees are $30 each module per
participant ( $ 50 if you attend both
modules) and if
you come along with two colleagues : the three will be paying $20 per
participant and per module ($40 for both modules each participant).
Registration is in progress at Los
Navegantes 183 (a few metres from Ushuaia Hotel) in Ushuaia (Tel: 02901-436805).
Further Information can be required from :
IACA Billinghurst 1741 – (1425) Buenos Aires, Argentina - Tel./fax 011-
4827-1396 E-mail: email@example.com or
from Frances Basily at
Colegio del Sur in Usuhaia
María Marta Suárez is co-founder and
co-director of IACA (Instituto Argentino de Creatividad en el Aprendizaje), She
is a former lecturer of Methods I at ISP Joaquín V. Gonzalez (Cap. Fed.). She is
a respected researcher of holistic educational approaches. She
has recently been teaching and conducting teacher training courses at Cluny Hill
College in Scotland and is now coming back to Ushuaia to conduct her
fourth round of workshops in that city within a year.
(4) FROM ETp : LOOKING AT SUDENTS´MISTAKES
As promised in our last issue of SHARE, Our
dear SHARER and friend Nicolas Ridley sends us an extract from his prestigious
magazine ETp :
One of my
favourite articles in ENGLISH TEACHING professional is Michael
bad reasons for teaching grammar ... and two good ones" which
in April 1998 (issue 7).
It starts off: "Grammar is important, but most
of the time, in most parts of
the world, people probably teach too much
grammar". He then goes on to list
and describe seven less than justifiable
reasons why teachers teach grammar
and two very strong reasons why they
should. I won't try to summarise his
excellEnt article here but I would like
to refer to a piece of research that
he quotes in his article.
writes: "In a well-known experiment (Hughes and Lascaratou, 1982) mistakes
made by Greek secondary-school children were shown to Greek teachers of
English, and British non-teachers. Members of each group graded the mistakes
on a scale from 1 (least serious) to 5 (most serious)." He then invited
readers to assess the seriousNess of the mistakes themselves. I thought it
might be interesting to ask your SHARERS to do the same.
1. * We agreed to went by car.
2. * We didn't knew
3. * Dizzys from the wine we decided to go home.
4. * The
people are too many so and the cars are too many.
5. * The bus was hit in
6. * There are many accidents because we haven't brought (broad)
How serious are these mistakes? I'll supply the answers given by
teachers and British non-teachers later!
With best wishes
from (very damp) west London
By the way, Have you not
suscribed to ENGLISH TEACHING professional yet ? . Remember that all SHARERS have a special discount
of 10% on the UK annual subscription rate ( GBP 20 ) For SHARERS the
rate will be GBP 18- Closing date for the offer is Omar´s birthday 30
June 2000. Hurry !
email Nicolas personally at < NicRidley@aol.com > and remember to
write "Sharers offer" in the subject line. More details in SHARE 25.
(5) FOR YOUR
CHILDREN´S COURSES : RIDDLES FROM URUGUAY
A dear friend from
Montevideo,Andrea Davies firstname.lastname@example.org sends us these ridles
you and your children will certainly enjoy. Thank you, Andre and keep on SHARING
Why do people carry
Because umbrellas can´t
What has two hands but can´t scratch
When is a door not a door?
When it´s ajar.
What has eight legs and
What is the biggest kind of
(6) A NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN BLESSING
SHARER from Catamarca, Miriam Fernandez, sent us a wonderful electronic card,
complete with music and beutiful pictures of Native
and this Native American World Blessing by Meadow Bird Song.
May you find serenity
You may not always
May experience give you
To walk the good red
With courage and
May love and
Always be there,
When you feel most alone.
May you discover
Goodness in others.
In a world of
May a kind word
Every day of your life,
May you give gifts
As well as
To Teach love.
May the teaching
part of you.
May you place value
In your heart.
May You see
May you see
As a worth while experience.
May you find
For your accomplishments.
May You always
We want to publicly thank
Miriam for her many messages. Not a week goes by without a message by
Miriam, from the most elaborate to her "early attempts at
Power Point" , all of
them are evidence of her warmth and thoughtfulness.
AGNES OF GOD
fellow-SHARER, Albert Canil, writes to us to announce that The Suburban
Players will be proudly presenting John
Pielmeier's Agnes of God.
Says Albert, director of the play :
It is very
difficult to nail down “Agnes of God”.
We know that some people who have
watched the Hollywood version of the story starring Anne Bancroft and Jane Fonda
believe that they know what it is all about. Wrong. Film has a
particular language wherein the director tells you what to watch and when.
Theatre is something different, so different, and particularly in the way we
have approached this production. No, if you have watched the film (and we
recommend that you not watch it before seeing the play) you will not know what
“Agnes” is all about…
We ourselves who
have been rehearsing the play for many-a-week find it difficult to define the
play, and we open our rehearsals with discussions on what its true essence
is. Is this the ultimate debate between Science and Religion? We know it
involves three women, three women who will be transformed as the play
progresses, three women who will have to face their ultimate realities. We
know it is a miracle play that deals with the innermost recesses of the human
mind. We know it is a play that has beautiful music sung, very stirring
music that frames the words (words of anger, words of love, words of hope…).
Our production is
presented in the round, with the audience surrounding This is to be a
theatrical experience in which the audience becomes emotionally involved, having
its beliefs and views of the world and the myriad shades of grey that paint the
human soul revisited with the help of three talented actresses: Annette Krieger,
Janet Lenton and Moira Kotroba.
the three actresses
who perform in a sort of pit, an O ringed by plastic chairs. There is no scenery involved, no special
effects, nothing but the use of the most stupendous musical instrument:
the vox humana, that swells and sweeps us off our feet.
The play has
three acts. Acts I and II are divided by an intermission.
Act III will begin
within your heart after you leave The Playhouse. That is our hope,
the miracle we are expecting, and the one we have been working for…
Data for Theatregoers
Opening: Friday June 16th at 9 pm (running only for four
Performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 9 pm . Sunday
Matinees at 6 pm
At I lasts 1 hr
5; then there is a fifteen minute intermission; Act II lasts 40 minutes.
At The Playhouse
~ Moreno 80 ~ San Isidro . Tickets are $ 10.- each (one
ticket free every ten purchased)
Albert warns us
that Agnes is a play intended for 16+ with a
good FCE level.
On the one hand the dialogues would be irrelevant for
young teenagers and, on the other hand, certain scenes could be deemed a tad too
strong for the younger crowd. He also states that due to the nature
of this production no spectators will be allowed in after the play has started.
Ammenities ? There will be a bar open with sandwiches, drinks and hot soup.
Further information and reservations : 4784.8275 ~ 4747.4470 or
Albert at email@example.com
(8) NEW COMMITTEE OF THE BAHIA BLANCA ASSOCIATION
Our dear coleagues and SHARES from Bahía
Blanca, one of the biggest Teachers´Associations within FAAPI write to us :
"Estimados Omar y Marina :
La Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de
Bahía Blanca (APIBB) tiene el agrado de comunicarles la renovación parcial
de su Comisión Directiva. La misma quedará integrada por el
período 2000/2001 de la siguiente manera:
Soledad García Luna
Revisores de Cuentas:
María Rosa Keegan
Asimismo les informamos que APIBB tiene
previsto realizar un encuentro de perfeccionamiento denominado:
Interactive Morning on Language Improvement:
THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES: A war of
El desarrollo de la jornada estará a
cargo del señor Jem Goodchild, nativo de Gran Bretaña,
quien a través del uso de material auténtico, enriquecerá el uso y la práctica
del inglés cotidiano. El encuentro se realizará el día 24 de Junio
de 9 a 12 hs . Las inscripciones se reciben en la sede de APIBB, Las Heras 71 1º D de 13 a 20hs.
Aprovechamos esta oportunidad para darles las gracias por
incluir a la Asociación en la gran familia SHARE. "
We wish our friends the best of success in
their difficult mission to serve the ELT community of Bahía Blanca and to
keep up the high academic standards that our colleagues in Provincia de Buenos
Aires are used to. Our very best wishes to the new Committee
(9) BERNIEH´S CORNER
week our dear friend and SHARER, Bernardo Banega firstname.lastname@example.org answers a question
from a group of students from one ISFD who want to know more
about Communicative Teaching . Says our Internet
guru and most generous consultant :
think you'll get plenty food for thought on this subject at:
fact, this is Irene Koshik's webpage for a course on "Introduction
Communicative Approaches to Second or Foreign Language Teaching"
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There you'll find (on the
links to the Course Syllabus, Class Schedule, etc., AND to the Study
and Final Projects. Though this is not a "tutorial", commentaries and
questions posed in the Study Guides will offer you some insight on the issues at
stake re. this subject. Moreover, if you follow the "Final Projects" link, then
the "367 Final Projects" link again on the resulting page, you'll be led to an
index of several projects (lesson plans) designed by Irene's students. Though
some of these were reported as "missing" and other as "password protected" when
I tried to browse them, there are other active (even some videoclips) that you can use as a
Another fine information resource you can use is :
is "The Internet TESL Journal", with lot of articles, papers and
re. "Teaching English as a Second Language". This webpage has a
facility ("Search The Internet TESL Journal's Web Site") at the
any of the two search windows using "Communicative Approach" as
phrase; then, browse the results and choose those most convenient for
Tks. for your question... it was quite challenging to find some
"useful" material. Feel free to e-mail me back if this is information is not
enough for your purposes.
If you have not
visited Bernieh´s Web Page, do not say we did not tell us what you were missing
!! English Teaching/Learning, see http://bernieh.com.ar
(10) BEYOND BELIEF
SHARERS Laura Szmuch and Jamie Duncan are conducting a new Workshop called
"Beyond belief ?" at their RESORCEFUL TEACHING CENTER in Versailles, Buenos Aires
. They say :
major factor that can affect our progress in learning is the beliefs we
hold. This workshop, based on NLP
research and techniques, will explore some of the common beliefs, which limit us
in class and how we can easily turn these into facilitating steps forward
Friday 23 June, 6.30 - 9.30 pm.
Gallardo 719 Dto 2, Versailles, Capital Federal
20 pesos (15 pesos for those currently enrolled on an RT
contact Jamie or Laura to reserve your place at Phone:
(011) 4641-9068 or 4431-7582, Fax:
Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled
[Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad + -cracy,
"Russia is proving the opposite. Late
last year, the kakistocracy propping
up Boris Yeltsin decided
not to risk giving up power."
William Safire, Contrasting
Elections, The New York Times, March 20, 2000.
And here´s some "interesting"
remarks by AWAD editors which you can
use for class discussion with your advanced students. I undeerlined some parts
as a guide for debate :
" Democracy, government of the
people, by the people, and for the people, is only as good as the governed
demand. As recent elections in several places around the globe have
illustrated, this leaves a lot to be desired. However, until we invent
a better system, it is the best one can get. The presidential race in the US
is heating up too and is being closely watched by the citizens of the world.
For better or worse, the results of this contest will have repercussions
everywhere. Later this year we'll know whether Bush gets gored or Gore gets
OMAR GOES ON "ROCKING" THE COUNTRY
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 :
Pcia de Buenos Aires
& Time : Tuesday 13th of June 18:00 to 21:00
: Escuela Normal , Cramer 50 - Dolores
: $ 10 Registration : Telefax : 02245-446241 e-mail : Spbooks@pinos.com
ARROYOS, Pcia de Buenos Aires
& Time : Tuesday 20th of June 18:00 to 21:00 hours
: Escuela Nro 1 , Calle Sarmiento 50
: $ 10 Registration : 02983-425135
Pcia de Buenos Aires
& Time : Saturday 8th of July 9:00 to 12:30 hours
: Hotel Impala - Sarmiento 900 (esq. Guemes)
: $ 10 Registration : 02355-42-2220 / 42-3018
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
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 StPauls@pinos.com
(13) INFORMATION ABOUT
knows what a true SHARER is like. Got
new information ? Then, Got to SHARE it !! She writes :
" Hi, I found these sites to get info and sample on-line
questions on different exams. Hope they are helpful :
OMAR MAKES AN ANNOUNCEMENT
I regret to announce that an last minute and unavoidable
engagement in Uruguay where I will represent my University will
prevent me from attending the Salta Advanced Language
Conference to be held from 18th to 21st August 2000 and to chair the
closing panel of language education specialists as advertised elsewhere.
I want to express my gratitude to Mr Villagarcía, a close friend
and founding SHARER, for his kind invitation to preside over that closing panel
( his letter of invitation was reproduced in SHARE 5 ), I apologize again for
not honouring my word and I wish the organizers the
success they truly deserve.
MANY DUCKY* RETURNS OF THE DAY !
Yesterday, it was Donald Duck´s Birthday.He turned 66 years old !!
Donald Duck made his debut on June 9, 1934, in a "Silly
called "The Wise Little Hen." At that point, he had black feet and a long,
A year or two before, Walt Disney himself had heard the voice
of a man named Clarence Nash (who acted as spokesperson for dairy products on
local radio) reciting "Mary Had a Little Lamb" as though he were a tongue-tied
Disney instantly knew he had his man. . .and it was so, for more
than 160 short and longer films, all the way to Nash's death in 1985. His
"Donald" voice was replaced by that of James "Jimmy" Macdonald.
On the stone
marking the graves of Nash and his wife are scribed pictures of Donald and Daisy
- surrounded by the outline of a large heart.
(*) Do you know the meaning of
"ducky" ? Nice opportunity for some dictionary work.
Where we got this informatin from ?
from "The Reel Thing," visit the site at
Time to say goodbye.
This time our dear SHARER, Graciela Paez, will help us :
" Dear Omar and Marina,
it's always a pleasure to get your SHARES and send a small contribution, so here
goes another one I am sure you'll enjoy :
I am God.
will be handling all of your problems.
Please remember that I do not
need your help.
If life happens to deliver a situation to you
you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve
Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to
box. It will be addressed in My time, not
Once the matter is placed into the box, do not
on to it.
If you find yourself stuck in
Don't despair. There are people in this
for whom driving is an unheard of
Should you have a bad day at work;
of the man who has been out of work for years.
despair over a relationship gone bad;
Think of the person who has never
known what it's
like to love and be loved in
Should you grieve the passing of another
Think of the woman in dire straits, working
hours a day, seven days a week to feed her
Should your car break down, leaving you miles
from assistance; Think of the paraplegic who would
the opportunity to take that walk.
notice a new gray hair in the mirror;
Think of the cancer patient in
chemo who wishes
she had hair to examine.
find yourself at a loss and pondering what
is life all about, asking
what is my purpose?
Be thankful. There are those who didn't live
enough to get the opportunity.
Should you find
yourself the victim of other
people's bitterness,ignorance, smallness
Remember, things could be worse. You could be
TODAY BRIGHTEN SOMEBODY´S DAY AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK
Omar and Marina
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