An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 2          Number 26      June 10th    2000
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 SHARERS.
Today we wanted to start with a list that a dear SHARER, Cecilia Ramirez sent to us ( Can we add "writing SHARE " to it ?) :

Falling in love.
Laughing so hard your face hurts.
A hot shower.
No lines at the Supermarket.
A special glance.
Getting mail.
Taking a drive on a scenic road.
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  price.
A bar of Chocolate .
A long distance phone call.
A bubble bath.
A good conversation.
The beach.
Finding a $100 note in your coat from last winter.
Laughing at yourself.
Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.
Laughing at an inside joke.
Falling in love for the first time.
Accidentally overhearing someone say something  nice about you.
Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours  left to sleep.
Your first kiss.
Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
Playing with a puppy.
Late night talks with your roommate
Having someone play with your hair.
Sweet dreams.
Hot chocolate.
Road trips with friends.
Swinging on swings.
Watching a good movie cuddled up on a couch with someone you love.
Wrapping presents for the Christmas tree .
Song lyrics inside your new CD so you can  sing along without feeling stupid
Making chocolate chip cookies!
Hugging the person you love.
Watching the sunrise.
Getting out of bed every morning and thanking God  for another beautiful day.
In SHARE 25.
1.- From Jamie : "Passionfruit" for the Language Teacher
2.- A Woman´s Look in the Mirror.
3.- Workshops in the land at the end of the world.  
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 God 
8.- New Committee of the Bahía Blanca Association
9.- Bernieh´s Corner.  
10- Beyond Belief  
11- Kakistocracy  
12- Omar goes on "Rocking" the Country.
13- Information about Tests.
14- Omar makes an announcement.
15.-Many Ducky retuns of the day ! 
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" . 
Best wishes,
This is a quick activity you can do without planning.
Aim: To practise describing objects and their uses. 
Language: Descriptive terms and the use of 'to' and 'for' for explaining purpose.  Any relevant vocabulary. 
Level:  Elementary and above. 
Materials:  Whatever you have in the classroom and in the students' possession.  Paper. 
Time:  10 minutes in spoken version, 20 minutes with writing.
Introduce 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.
Next, 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, etc.
Each 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 first.
Students put their work on display and walk around and viewing everyone's choices.
Thank you, Jamie for SHARING a little bit of your resource book for teachers with us. 
If you are interested in getting "Passionfruit", contact Jamie at   


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 ?

Age 3: Looks at herself and sees a Queen!

Age 8: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty.

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 this!")

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 ? 

A dear SHARER, Maria Marta Suárez, 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 :

Workshop 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.

Workshop B- Accelerated Learning . New!

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 learning activities.

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:  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.




As promised in our last issue of SHARE, Our dear SHARER and friend Nicolas Ridley sends us an extract from his prestigious magazine ETp :

Dear Omar

One of my favourite articles in ENGLISH TEACHING professional is Michael
Swan's "Seven bad reasons for teaching grammar ... and two good ones" which
was published 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.

He 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.

The sentences were:

1. * We agreed to went by car.
2. * We didn't knew what happened.
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 front of.
6. * There are many accidents because we haven't brought (broad) roads.

How serious are these mistakes? I'll supply the answers given by Greek
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 < >  and remember to write  "Sharers offer" in the subject line. More details in SHARE 25. 
A dear friend from Montevideo,Andrea Davies sends us these ridles you and your children will certainly enjoy. Thank you, Andre and keep on SHARING !
Why do people carry umbrellas?
Because umbrellas can´t walk.
What has two hands but can´t scratch itself?
A clock.
When is a door not a door?
When it´s  ajar.
What has eight legs and sings?
A quartet.
What is the biggest kind of insect?
A gi-ant.  
A dear SHARER from Catamarca, Miriam Fernandez, sent us a wonderful electronic card, complete with music and beutiful pictures of Native American 
Indians and this Native American World Blessing by Meadow Bird Song.
May you find serenity
In a world
You may not always
May experience give you
The strength
To walk the good red road,
Facing each situation
With courage and optimism.
May love and
Always be there,
When you feel most alone.
May you discover
Goodness in others.
May You b
In a world of peace.
May a kind word
Be yours
Every day of your life,
May you give gifts
As well as receive them.
To Teach love.
May the teaching
Of those you admire
part of you.
May you place value
On the goodness
In your heart.
May You see
The beauty.
May you see
May you view
As a worth while experience.
May you find
Enough inner strength
To determine
Your worth
For yourself,
For your accomplishments.
May You always
feel loved. 
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.

Our 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
the three actresses who perform in a sort of pit, an
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. 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 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…

Further Data for Theatregoers

Opening: Friday June 16th at 9 pm (running only for four weekends).

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.

Extra Ammenities ? There will be a bar open with sandwiches, drinks and hot soup. Further information and reservations : 4784.8275 ~ 4747.4470 or e-mail
Albert at 


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:
Presidente:                 Marcela Alvarado
Vicepresidente:           Alicia Ruiz
Secretario:                 Norma Subiela
Tesorero :                   Soledad García Luna
Protesorero:                Graciela Properzi
Vocal Titular:              Marina Segurado
Vocal Suplente:           María Gabriela Atena
Revisores de Cuentas:
Titulares:                     Laura Carballido
                                   Flavia Genovese
Suplentes:                    Karina Sansone
                                   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 words."
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 !!   
This week our dear friend and SHARER, Bernardo Banega 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 :

I think you'll get plenty food for thought on this subject at:

In fact, this is Irene Koshik's webpage for a course on "Introduction to
Communicative Approaches to Second or Foreign Language Teaching" at
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There you'll find (on the left)
links to the Course Syllabus, Class Schedule, etc., AND to the Study Guides
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 reference.

Another fine information resource you can use is :

This is "The Internet TESL Journal", with lot of articles, papers and
resources re. "Teaching English as a Second Language". This webpage has a
search facility ("Search The Internet TESL Journal's Web Site") at the
bottom: try any of the two search windows using "Communicative Approach" as
your search phrase; then, browse the results and choose those most convenient for you.

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 
Our dear 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 :

 "A 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 "

Date: Friday 23 June, 6.30 - 9.30 pm. 
Venue: Gallardo 719 Dto 2, Versailles, Capital Federal 
Cost: 20 pesos (15 pesos for those currently enrolled on an RT course)
Please contact Jamie or Laura to reserve your place at Phone: (011) 4641-9068 or 4431-7582, Fax: (011) 4641-9068  
The editors of AWAD ( A Word A Day) published this definition this week :
Kakistocracy ( noun )

Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.
[Greek kakistos, worst, superlative of kakos, bad + -cracy, government, rule.]

   "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 bushed. 
To subscribe to A WORD  A DAY send a message to

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 :

DOLORES, Pcia de Buenos Aires

Date & Time : Tuesday 13th of June 18:00  to 21:00 hours

Venue : Escuela Normal , Cramer 50 - Dolores

Fee : $ 10  Registration : Telefax : 02245-446241  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 :    

LINCOLN, Pcia de Buenos Aires

Date & Time : Saturday 8th of July 9:00 to 12:30 hours

Venue : Hotel Impala - Sarmiento 900 (esq. Guemes)

Fee : $ 10  Registration :  02355-42-2220 / 42-3018 (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 very active SHARER ,Gabriela Fernandez Testa.
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 :
Exams in general

TOECIC Test Information


Thank you, Gaby and hope to hear much more from you !!


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.


Yesterday, it was Donald Duck´s Birthday.He turned 66 years old !!
Donald Duck made his debut on June 9, 1934, in a "Silly
Symphony" opus called "The Wise Little Hen." At that point, he had black feet and a long, pointy beak.
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 duckling.
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 :
                   To:         YOU
                   Date:       TODAY
                   From:       THE BOSS
                   Subject:    YOURSELF
                   Reference:  LIFE
 I am God.
 Today I 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 that
 you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it.
 Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do)
 box. It will be addressed in My time, not yours.
 Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold
 on to it.
 If you find yourself stuck in traffic;
 Don't despair.  There are people in this world
 for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.
 Should you have a bad day at work;
 Think of the man who has been out of work for years.
 Should you despair over a relationship gone bad;
 Think of the person who has never known what  it's
 like to love and be loved in return.
 Should you grieve the passing of another weekend;
 Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve
 hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.
 Should your car break down, leaving you miles away
 from assistance; Think of the paraplegic who would love
 the opportunity to take that walk.
 Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror;
 Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes
 she had hair to examine.
 Should you 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 long
 enough to get the opportunity.
 Should you find yourself the victim of other
 people's bitterness,ignorance, smallness or insecurities;
 Remember, things could be worse.  You could be them !!!!
Omar and Marina
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