An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)

Year 2          Number 31      August 5th   2000

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being SHARED.




Gee, It´s great to back with you again after the holidays ! Why were they so short ? Or maybe they weren´t and they just seemed short to us !

We worked a lot during the holidays, both Omar and me had to sit for a number of exams and Omar worked very hard with his seminars in the

Greater Buenos Aires. In these hard and cold times, the turnout was pretty good and much better than last year´s. We have to thank you for your unwavering support.

We are glad, I said, because of this and many other reasons. We had our “free” days and we enjoyed them together in the family and with friends

It was great to have Omar as a full-time daddy : he is always so busy ! 

So here we are ready for the second semester ! Ready to keep on SHARING with you .

You must have noticed that a motto has been added to our heading. It´s part of a Chinese proverb that our dear SHARER , Bethina Viale, sent to us.

We simply loved it and decided to keep it with us for always . Thank you Bethina ! Thank you all of you ( today 3,827 readers ! ) for being there !

Dear Omar and Marina,

I think you deserve this, as you're great SHARERS.

Fan the Flames
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

                                                                                 ---Chinese Proverb

Lots of love,

Bethina Viale

1.- Cats and Dogs.
2.- Good News from Pearson
3.- Education 2000.
4.- Business English at Universidad Siglo 21 
5.- In sickness and in health, for better and for worse till death do us part.  
6.- Chomsky 2000
7.- Wisdom from the Past.
8.- ARTESOL Convention in Tucumán. 
9.- Funny ?
10- More about Discipline.
11- APIBA SIG Update. 
12- Advanced Language Conference in Salta “La Linda”.  
13- Bernieh´s Corner.
14- News from Sea.
15- Cambios en la Escuela Secundaria.
16- Omar in Jujuy. 
17.- The UNL Licenciatura in Lomas


A dear SHARER  from Pila , Pcia de Buenos Aires, María Minghetti

(a.k.a. “Mariquí” ) writes to us :

HELLO, Omar and Marina,
I'm so happy to belong to this group ! I had never thought to receive all
this material. Thanks again for your interest.
Here´s a  funny thing to share.
All my love,

WHAT IS A CAT ?  Cats do what they want. They rarely listen to you. They are totally unpredictable. When you want to play, they want to be alone. When you want to be alone, they want to play. They expect you to cater for their every whim. They're moody. They leave hair everywhere. They drive you nuts and cost an arm and a leg.

Conclusion: They're tiny women in little fur coats.

WHAT IS A DOG ? Dogs lie around all day, sprawled on the most comfortable piece of furniture in the house. They can hear a package of food being opened half a block away, but don't hear you when you are in the same room. They can look dumb and lovable at the same time. They growl when they are not happy. When you want to play, they want to play. When you want to be alone, they want to play. They will love you forever if you rub their tummies. They leave their toys everywhere.

Conclusion: They're tiny men in little fur coats.  


Our dear friends and SHARERS from Pearson Education announce their:

Sixth LONGMAN Annual Conference 

“Learning to teach - Teaching to learn “

September  16th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 This year, this already traditional event will be held at Sheraton Buenos Aires Convention Center, Av. Leandro N. Alem 1153, Cap. Fed  with the participation of well-known lecturers Jim Rose and Steve Elsworth, authors of “New Let´s Go for EGB !” and Michael Harris, author of “World Class” and “World Club”.  Both speakers and textbooks real favourites of the Argentinian public.

A number of local speakers will participate as well (their names ? in oour next issues)

Fees :  $ 10 Party   $ 15 Individual 

           $ 5 Party from the Interior  $ 8 Individual from the Interior

For further information and registration contact:
Pearson Education Argentina
Av. Regimiento Patricios 1959
C1266AAF Capital Federal
Marketing Department Phone/ Fax: 011 4309-6112
General Phone: 011 4309-6100
General Fax: 011 4309-6199
Haven´t you visited Pearson´s website yet ?:


(3) EDUCATION 2000 

As from this Saturday, Torcuato Di Tella University starts its programme
“Educación 2000” with a workshop on “Teacher Education and the New
Technologies” ( to be delivered in Spanish). Additional information and
registration :  personally at Miñones 2177, in the City of Buenos Aires or by phone to .: 4784-0080, extension 127 or e-mail to


Our dear friends and SHARERS at Universidad Siglo XXI in Córdoba announce their training programme at their IDIPE , Instituto de Inglés para la Empresa.

This six-meeting workshop-based training programme has been devised to prepare teachers of English to teach Business English, with an option to sit for the LCCIEB’s Foundation Certificate for Teachers of Business English exam.

The course

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the professional skills needed to teach Business English, a thorough study of the methodology for Business English and a detailed exploration of the concepts, practices and materials for Business English.

Course contents

Part 1: Introduction to Professional Skills

Part 2: Teaching Business English

Part 3: Business Concepts, Practices & Materials


Participants should have a teaching qualification in English with at least one year experience in teaching general English. Previous experience in teaching Business English is useful but not essential.


The course will take place on Fridays from 6.00 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a total of 18 contact hours distributed in three months (August to October) and a total of 12 distance hours for reading and preparation of materials.

Part 1: August 11 and August 25, 2000.

Part 2: September 1 and September 15, 2000

Part 3: October 6 and October 20, 2000


If you intend to have the LCCIEB’s Certificate, its cost is $145, which is paid separately.


For more information: Idipe Universidad Siglo 21 Rondeau 165, 5to Piso

(5000) Cordoba

Tel. (0351) 423-2626 Fax: (0351) 424-8006 -

Visit (then click on "Business English")




A dear SHARER from La Plata, Sandra Debenedetti, sends us this most "moving" story :

A devoted wife had spent her lifetime taking care of her husband. Now he had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she stayed by his bedside every single day.
When he came to senses, he motioned for her to come near him.
As she sat by him, he said, "You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business failed, you were there.
When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you gave me support. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. You know what?"
"What dear?" she asks gently.
"I think you bring me bad luck."  

(6) CHOMSKY 2000

La Facultad de Lenguas y Estudios Extranjeros de la Universidad de
Belgrano tiene el agrado de anunciar el Seminario:

El Lenguaje - Chomsky Año 2000-

A cargo del Prof. Aldo O. Blanco, Decano de esta Facultad.

El Seminario incluirá Conferencia y Debate sobre :

1)  Qué es el lenguaje?
2)  Dónde está ?
3)  Es parte de la naturaleza o de la cultura?
4)  Cómo se aprende?. ¨Pórque son dif¡ciles los idomas extranjeros a
     edades maduras?
5)  Qué tipo de ciencia es la Lingü¡stica?
6)  Qué otros sistemas son parecidos al lenguaje?
7)  Por qué aparecen elementos que se pronuncian en una posición y se
     comprenden en otra como: ¨Qué, crees que dijo (qué)?.
8)  Cuáles son los elementos constitutivos del lenguaje?. Los sonidos?.
     Los conceptos? La escritura?.
9)  Qué es el significado?
10) Cuáles son los principios básicos de la última versión del modelo
     chomskiano: el programa minimalista?.

El Seminario está dirigido a profesionales del Lenguaje, psicólogos antropólogos, tecnólogos informáticos y en general a gente a quien le interese el lenguaje, su naturaleza, aprendizaje y uso.
No se requieren conocimientos previos de Lingü¡stica.

Lugar: Piso 19 de la Torre Universitaria (Zabala 1837-Capital Federal).

Miércoles 23 de agosto de 18 a 21 horas
Sábado 16 de septiembre de 9 a 13 horas
Sábado 21 de octubre de 14 a 18 horas

Aranceles :
Docentes, estudiantes y graduados UB: $15
Externos: $20
Para mayor información : Facultad de Lenguas y Estudios Extranjeros
José Hernández 1820- Capital Federal- (de 8 a 17 horas)
Tel: 4784-4010 e-mail:  or

Torre Universitaria- Sector Ingresos (Zabala 1837).


A great friend and dear SHARER, Fernando Armesto, sends us these beautiful words by one of the greatest Americans of all times : Abraham Lincoln. In these times of confusion and selfishness, a voice comes from the past with a message from a wise man with noble heart : 

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds
You cannot establish security on borrowed money
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man´s initiative
You cannot help permanently by doing for them what they could and should do themselves. 


Our dear friend and SHARER, Mabel Chenna, President of ARTESOL writes to us to announce the

14th ARTESOL Convention – CBI : Expanding our Horizon

to be held on September 8 - 9, 2000, in San Miguel de Tucumán. The ARTESOL Convention is open to all members of the English Language Teaching community.

Argentina TESOL is an affiliate of a worldwide association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, TESOL, whose mission is to improve the teaching of English all over the world. 

Dr. Lydia Stack, past TESOL President, internationally known presenter, and co-author of textbook series, is the keynote speaker. Her presentations will deal with Content-Based Instruction (CBI), classroom observation, and reading and writing. Dr. Stack's trip has been  made possible by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S.A. Embassy in Argentina.

Other professional activities during the Convention include plenaries, concurrent sessions, and exhibition of the latest publications in ELT. If you would like to be a presenter at the Convention, please ask the organizers for a Call for Participation -Proposal Form , complete and fax it or email it  to ARTESOL by August 15, 2000. Fax #: 011 4394 2979 E-mail:

The 14th ARTESOL Convention, the first one to be  held outside Buenos Aires City,  is an excellent opportunity  for EFL teachers throughout the country to gain insight into the state of the art of our profession on a national basis.  For further information, contact  ATICANA (Asociación Tucumana de Intercambio Cultural Argentino Norteamericano) by fax: 0381-431 0616 or e-mail it to

(9) FUNNY ?

A very dear friend and SHARER from Catamarca, José Luis García sent us this excellent piece for reflection

Funny How
Funny how we set our clocks to arise at 4:00 am or  5:00 am to be at the job by   7:30,   yet when Sunday comes we can't get to church for 11:00 am to praise the one who gave us the jobs !
Funny how we call God our Father and Jesus our brother, but find it hard to
introduce them to our family.
Funny how small our sins seem, but how big "their" sins are.
Funny how we demand justice for others, but expect mercy from God.
Funny how much difficulty some have learning the gospel well enough to tell
but how simple it is to understand and explain the latest gossip about
someone else.
Funny how we can't think of anything to say when we pray, but don't have any difficulty thinking of things to talk about to a friend.
Funny how we are so quick to take directions from a total stranger when we
are lost, but are hesitant to take God's direction for our lives.
Funny how people want God to answer their prayers, but refuse to listen to His counsel.
Funny how we sing about heaven, but live only for today.
Funny how people think they are going to Heaven, but don't think there is a
Funny how it is okay to blame God for evil and suffering in the world, but it
is not necessary to thank Him for what is good and pleasant.
Funny how when something goes wrong, we cry, "Lord, why me ?" but when
something goes right, we think, "Hey, it must be me !"
Oh wait...maybe all this isn't so "funny" after all… 


Do you remember the posting by Karina Giralt in our last issue ? Here´s a reaction from a dear SHARER in Chaco :

Dear Omar and Marina:

I must congratulate a colleague on an article she wrote about discipline in the classroom. It was Karina Giralt in the last issue of Share. I`ve been reading SHARE for quite a long time and no one else before  has dared to write about such a controversial topic. I totally agree with her and we must encourage her and other teachers to keep on writing, publishing and sharing on these matters.

Prof. Maria Angelina Cazorla

from Resistencia, Chaco.

We would like to encourage our dear SHARERS to send their opinions ( the shorter the merrier). Maybe this could be the basis for an exciting exchange of points of view. 


A dear SHARER and friend, Analía Kandel, APIBA SIGs Liaison Officer, sends us this calendar of the next meetings of APIBA Interest Groups 

History / Civilisation SIG

Co-ordinators: Cristina Bardeci - Paula Lopez Cano
Date: Thursday, August 10 -- Time: 19 to 21
Venue: IES en L V "J.R.Fernandez", Av.
Carlos Pellegrini 1515, Room 17 Agenda:
1. Review of teaching materials / resources for the History classroom. SIG members will bring (a) (text)book(s) / article(s) and comment on them.
2. Literature as a source for teaching history. ways in which novels, plays and short stories can be exploited in the History classroom.
Computers SIG
Co-ordinators: Nora Lizenberg - Pablo Toledo  
Date: Saturday, August 12 -- Time: 10 – 12.30 
Venue: SBS Palermo, Av.
Cnel. Diaz 1747, Buenos Aires
1. CALL and authoring / Microsoft Office programmes
2. Limitations of CALL
3. Dealing with scores in CALL materials: possible follow-up activities
Business SIG
Co-ordinators: Virginia López Grisolía - Alicia Perera
Date: Tuesday, August 22 -- Time: 10.30 - 12.30
Venue: Interaction Language Studio, Av. L.N. Alem 424 - P.B., Buenos Aires 
1. Sharing useful information: websites and books (whole group)
2. Definition of key terms: (i) "employment" by Ramiro Cortiñas and Marta Irigoyen; (ii) "inflation" by Alejandra Jorge and Margarita Broqua.
3. Presentation of a video on the U.S. Federal Reserve by Virginia Lopez Grisolia 
4. Financial English (chapter 6). Discussion of the first ten exercises.
Phonetics / Phonology SIG 
Co-ordinators: Roxana Basso - Isabel Santa
Date: Saturday, August 26 -- Time: 9 to 11.30
Venue: IES en LV "J.R.Fernandez", Av. Carlos Pellegrini 1515, Room 17 Agenda:
1. Presentation: "Stress in British and American English: Main differences" by Norberto Ruiz Díaz, followed by group discussion.
2. Workshop: "Use of phonetic fonts in the computer keyboard" by G. Moyano (continued).
3. Debate: "Tackling common errors at an advanced level" (continued).
4. Presentation: "Songs in the classroom" by Julieta Pagani and Elina Marino.
Fees and Enrolment :
Paid-up members of APIBA, members of paid-up FAAPI Associations, and  teacher trainees can participate free of charge  (proof of status required) All others: $10 contribution per session.
Pre-enrolment is not essential, but it is desirable. If at all possible, those interested in participating in SIG meetings please e-mail to confirm their attendance. Those who can't confirm, please come anyway.
For information on APIBA SIGs, please contact Analía Kandel, APIBA SIGs Liaison Officer, at
For information on APIBA, e-mail 


The Asociación Salteña de Profesores de Inglés and SBS invite teachers and students from all the country to their First Advanced Language Conference to be held in Salta  18th through 21st August 2000.

This unique Conference ( the first of its kind in our country) bears the auspices of Instituto de Lenguas Vivas de Salta and Universidad Católica de Salta and the Ministerio de  Educación de la Provincia de Salta has granted it official recognition.  

The list of keynote speakers includes : Celia Sábato, Susana Tuero, Daniel Reznik, Aldo Blanco, Oriel Villagarcía, Hector Ortiz Lira, Susan Hillyard, Tad Larner, Analía Kandel, Jamie Duncan, Denis Dunn, Ana Maria Armendariz, Ian Anderson and Julio César Giménez. 

Fees : (effective until 14th August) ASPI members $ 35, students and members of FAAPI Associations $ 45 and all others $ 55. 

Enrolment :  S.B.S. Lerma 45 Tel/fax: (0387) 431- 8868 or at A.S.P.I. Av. Del Golf 573. Tel. (0387) 439- 4469- Fax: 439- 3177. Mail: Further information from Oriel Villagarcía

(13) BERNIEH´S CORNER            

Our dear friend Bernardo Banega Jr., the unmistakable Bernieh, strikes back more energetic than ever after his holidays (away from the Giant Armadillo  cave). What has he got in store for us today ? Cross curricular material to enhance our language classes. Says Bernieh : 

”Here's a good source of cross curricular material, IMHO. The U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration ( mantains an  Education website with specific information for teachers, students and the general public, at:

Its "Specially for Teachers" section contains items designed for teachers
to use in the classroom or as background reference material. These are:

* Weather: Information about tornadoes, hurricanes, flash floods, tsunamis
and all kinds of hazardous weather.
* Climate Change and Our Planet: Information about climate change, earth
science and sciences as it relates to our planet.
* Oceans and Coasts: Information about fish, marine mammals, U.S coasts,
navigation and the many facets of the waters that surround the U.S.
* Satellites and Space: Information about satellites and space.
* Training & Other Opportunities: Information about Operation Pathfinder,
the GLOBE Program and NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program.
See it at

Bernieh “
Visit Bernieh´s website : English Teaching/Learning,


A dear SHARER from SEA (Schools of English Association) , Marcelo
García,, writes to us on behalf of SEA to announce their
Workshop on Social Values in the Classroom by  Ricardo Sampedro for next
Saturday 12th of August in the City of Buenos Aires.

For more information , please contact :

Schools of English Association -  Avda. Córdoba 435 3ro. "B", Buenos Aires Tel/Fax: (011) 4311-1033


We thought the following excerpt from CLARIN of July 20h, 2000 might be of interest for many of our dear SHARERS :

Las modificaciones en la educación media

Los puntos cardinales de la reforma apuntan a la redistribución de los
docentes, a reagrupar materias y una serie de cambios en los estatutos. El
esfuerzo se concentrará en los tres años del tercer y último ciclo del EGB
y los tres del polimodal.

Con la reforma anunciada por el ministro de Educación, Juan Llach, los
alumnos no tendrán como ahora 13 materias por año sino 8. Habrá una menor
cantidad de docentes simultáneos por escuela, encargados de menos
asignaturas, lo que implica complejos movimientos de la planta docente. Con
la reestructuración, los docentes concentrarían su trabajo en una o dos
escuelas como máximo para seguir más de cerca el proceso de los jóvenes.
Gradualmente, no habría más "profesores taxi"...Para que esto sea posible, cada jurisdicción debería hacer cambios en sus estatutos docentes. La meta es que desaparezcan las horas cátedra y que los profesores tengan cargos. Serían de dedicación exclusiva para trabajar en una escuela (equivalentes a 36 horas cátedra más 4 para tareas institucionales); y de dedicación simple, que equivaldrían a 20 horas cátedra. En este caso, podrán dar clase en dos escuelas y hasta en tres, si se trata de una materia con poca carga horaria.
De concretarse estos cambios, los profesores no estarían en la escuela sólo
para dar su materia. Su cargo incluiría un porcentaje de horas para tareas
institucionales: recibir a sus alumnos, a los padres, desarrollar proyectos, corregir, formar un equipo de trabajo con sus compañeros.

Un informe del Ministerio describe cómo serían las modificaciones en una
secundaria de una ciudad de alrededor de 75.000 habitantes. En una escuela
con 18 divisiones (desde el último ciclo de la EGB al polimodal), con un
promedio de 32 alumnos cada una y un total de 600 jóvenes deberían aumentar las horas reloj de clase de 5.000 a 5.400. Y reducirse la cantidad de profesores de 52 a 24. Los restantes completarían su carga horaria en
escuelas cercanas.

Por ejemplo, una profesora con 18 horas cátedra repartidas en 6 cursos de 3
horas semanales. pasará a ocuparse de 3 cursos de 6 horas por semana cada
uno. Si antes el profesor tenía 240 alumnos, pasaría a enseñar a entre 100
y 120. Si una materia está dada por varios docentes en varias escuelas,
quedaría un profesor en una institución con el paquete horario de todos.
Así en cada caso.

Todos los cambios están sujetos a una discusión mayor y más difícil, que es
la de la nueva estructura de la carrera docente.
Entre otros puntos
incluiría: que la valorización no sea sólo por antigüedad y que los
docentes ganen más por el nivel académico alcanzado….
La reforma se haría dentro del Pacto Federal Educativo II por el que la
Nación y las provincias se comprometen a aumentar el gasto en el sector.


The Asociación Jujeña de Profesores de Inglés announces Omar Villarreal´s celebrated seminar ROCK ´N POP IN THE CLASSROOM 2000 to be held in the City of San Salvador de Jujuy next  Saturday 12th of August from 9:00 to 13:00 hours.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Macmillan Heinemann ELT, publishers of Omar´s best-selling title “POLIMODAL ENGLISH”, this seminar will be offered at specially reduced prices. 

For enrolment, please contact Liliana Murillo : fax : 0388-4226299 or e-mail


A dear friend from Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Martín Izaguirre,  writes to us with more information about the Ciclo de Licenciatura en Inglés to be offered at Instituto Superior Pbro Dr Antonio Saenz in Lomas de Zamora.

This programme has been fully accredited by the National Ministry of Education through Resolución Ministerial No 330/99

Classes for this Semester (August- December):

Taller de Desarrollo de Competencias Académicas : Saturdays 19th August . 2nd  and 16th  September. Prof. Daniel Fernandez

Teorías Lingüísticas Contemporáneas : Saturdays 30th September, 14th  and 28th  October. Prof. Ana Maria Armendariz

Adquisición del Lenguaje : Saturdays 11th and 25th November and 9th December. Prof. Ana Maria Armendariz  

For further information and enrolment , please contact:
Dr. Martín Ignacio Izaguirre - Technical Coordinator

OR Prof, Anne Jordan,  ISP “Pbro. Sáenz”                           
e-mail: Phone    (011) 4292-8941/4244-8827
Post: Pbro.
Sáenz 740
(1832) Lomas de Zamora, Pcia. de Bs. As.

OR Prof. Ana Armendáriz,   e-mail:



A long, long SHARE and with so many things that had to be left unpublished  A real shame, especially when it comes to announcements but we certainly tried hard, only there are so many things to publish ! 

We are super happy at the number of people that keep on subscribing week after week. As Marina said in her prologue we are more than 3,800 now . Can you believe that ? SHARE started with around 68 readers !! 

Two or three tips before we leave : 

(1)               SHARE is published every week. You should normally get it on Sundays But let us make it Monday at the latest ? If you do not get it by Monday, please send us an e-mail asking us for it.

(2)             If for any reason, SHARE is not published a week (this has never happened up till now), we will send a note of apology.

     (3)             SHARE is not published during the Winter Holidays for Provincia
               de Buenos Aires and the whole month of January

We want to say goodbye with a poem that a great friend from Lincoln, Pcia de Buenos Aires , Lidia Fernandez, has sent  to us and our two boys.

A lifetime of love,
in a hug and a smile,
A reason to visit
and stay for a while,
The strength of a bond
that´s destined to last,
The joys of the present,
the warmth of the past.
These are the treasures
a fortunate few
are lucky to cherish
all their lives through-
These are the blessings
on which we depend,
For these are the gifts
we have learnt with our friends.


Omar and Marina

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