An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 2                    Number 42                                     November 25th  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.
Last week we shared with you our concern and our worries. This week we want to share with you our happiness: we received confirmation from the doctors that
Marina is in good health (the results of all the post-surgical tests and analyses performed were negative). We thank God for this and for Marina´s rapid recovery from her operation. 
An enormous "Thank you" to all the SHARERS that sent us and all kinds of messages from one-line get-well notes to poems and electronic cards., as a dear friend put it "a wave of healing energy through the internet".  
Thank you again to all of you dear SHARERS.
1.- A very private guide to the World of ELT.
2.- Photo Exhibit. 
3.- Count your Blessings.
4.- Distinction for The Bs As Players.
5.- A Sense of Humour.
6.- An Invitation from The Suburban Players.
7.- Macmillan Heinemann Calendar of Events.
8.- Bernieh´s Corner.  
9.- Congreso de Enseñanza Universitaria.  
10.-The Definition of a Friend. 
11- Notice of Revocation of Independence.
12- ARTESOL Professional Development Sessions.
13.-I am a teacher.
14.-A Message from Perú.   
15- Violencia en las Escuelas.
16.-Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. 
17- APIBA´s Call for Papers.
18.-Coordinating Successfuly. 
Our dear SHARER from Montevideo Martin Inthamouss sends us this hilarious "The Bluffer's Guide To TEFL". Says Martin:
Despite some appalling pretensions to the contrary, TEFL is dead easy. As
Chomsky once said in a fit of pique, 'Anyone who can press the button on a
photocopier can be a TEFLer.' With this guide to TEFL jargon, you too can
bluff your way to the top in TEFL.
Let's get this clear from the start. Your aim is to fill up the lesson time. If this aim remains unfulfilled, your sub-aims are merely pissing in the wind. Keep on your guard for waffly arguments concerning the difference between aims and objectives. These, as with most TEFL discussions, lead nowhere. If ever requested to comment on someone's lesson you have observed, the TEFL bluffer should pipe up 'But do you feel you have achieved your aim?' In response, you will receive a pitiful justification for all manner of guff.
Buzz Group
Usually employed in a WORKSHOP when the TRAINER has a degree in sociology
A nasty little device employed by that legendary TRAINER who unfurled a giant roll of paper, announced 'You're going to create the biggest mind map you've ever seen' and promptly headed for the bar. Twaddle in extremis and a fine example for all TEFL bluffers.
TEFL's most sacred word and the barometer for all classroom atrocities. The Communicative Approach was designed for those who can't handle grammar and
who never grew out of Blue Peter. To win the hearts of your TEFL buddies look critically at any coursebook activity and intone: 'Hmmm, not very communicative is it?' Communicative is such a vague woolly term that it can exploited to advantage on numerous occasions. Even though no one can adequately define it, it is of course 'a jolly good thing'.
A Jurassic relic from the '70s when Mario & Co. got stoned and read too much bilge from the Real People Press and the Colorado Psychodrama Workbook.
Nowadays, one-on-one counselling is used by lascivious male teachers to chat up attractive female students. Steer well clear of anyone who enthusiastically endorses counselling. They need professional help.
The Eclectic Approach
Cluelessness elevated to an art form. The bluffer will naturally adopt an eclectic approach to everything. 
This means 'get an answer'. TEFLers do not like asking, because: 1) 'ask' has only one syllable (sorry, is monosyllabic) and therefore sounds insufficiently pseudoscientific, 2) 'eliciting' wastes more time than asking and 3) a bona fide TEFLer has no answers as he/she is a FACILITATOR and has nothing of value to impart.
ELT Authors
A sorry bunch of charlatans if ever there was one. Nevertheless, a budding TEFLer should casually drop such names within TEFL earshot as much as possible e.g. 'As I was saving to Petey and Kazza / Lizzy and Johnny / Brian and Crispin the other day ...'
Remember at all times that you are a facilitator, a counsellor, an elicitor - anything but a teacher. Teaching is definitely a no-no in TEFLspeak. Avoid the term at all costs.
Error Correction
Current orthodoxy has it that error correction is much neglected. This is the line of argument a bluffer should take. In truth, however, it is highly knackering and totally ineffective, so no one bothers with it. Nonetheless, a good time-wasting activity is a bit of 'creative error correction' - the technique of inventing errors for on-board correction. A useful sleight of hand to follow MONITORING.
In the good old days, 'feedback' was what happened when Jimi Hendrix put his guitar near an amplifier. In TEFLspeak, however, it involves embarrassed students reporting back with mindnumbingly dull information like, 'We found that 5 people have never climbed Everest, 4 people have eaten octopus and everybody thinks the teacher is a cretin.'
Everything in TEFL is a filler. Officially declared 'fillers' are simply less successful (i.e. less time-consuming) than other twaddle.
Grammar is anathema to TEFLers. Do not mention the dreaded 'G' word as this
is tantamount, to declaring yourself a linguistic fascist. True blue TEFLers feel uncomfortable with grammar as they do not understand it. Similarly, avoid all reference to semantics as this discipline threatens the entire bedrock of TEFL 'theory'.
A useful buzz word easily dropped into TEFL conversations. Instant justification for sloping off to have a fag and a cup of coffee while the fee-paying customers become autonomous. If you're really lucky, they might even leave the building.
Learner Training
Everybody knows, but naturally refuses to admit, that this is a complete load of drivel. LT has been flavour of the month for over a decade which is a highly depressing thought in itself. Nevertheless, it is a cardinal sin for the TEFL bluffer to knock LT in any shape or form because otherwise you will become embroiled in the sort of tedious argument best avoided. Should the subject of LT raise its ugly head, nod sagely and say something enigmatic like 'Learner Training is all right in theory. The problem lies in the methodology.' Do not expand on this. LT comes in handy for scoring TEFL brownie points in a WORKSHOP. Regardless of the subject under discussion, bang your fist down firmly on the table and declare: 'Don't forget the Learner Training!' Your audience will be suitably impressed.
Lesson Plans
Nobody in their right mind writes lesson plans unless they are being subjected to an OBSERVED LESSON. You can easily justify a lack of lesson plan by arguing that your lessons are flexible and needs-responsive. Hence, they cannot be mapped out in advance. In this context, you can espouse the Eclectic Approach.
Time-wasting par excellence. Not only does the student ask the same dull questions to his neighbour, he has to ask 18 other people as well. Why waste 2 people's time when you can waste 20?
The art of pretending to listen to foreigners murdering the English
Observed Lesson
TEFLers often panic needlessly about these. The TEFL bluffer should have a standard observed lesson up his/her sleeve to wheel out whenever observation threatens. Bluffer's tip: teach them something they already know hence making your AIMS a fait accompli. Should your part in this farce be that of an observer, your first comment should (in true post-coital fashion) be 'How was it for you?'
The Rods
Never ever attempt anything with Cuisenaire Rods unless you want to enhance your reputation as a complete prat. Should, however, your opinion be ELICITED concerning the rods, always reply that they are an underused resource. For TEFL one-upmanship possess your own set of rods and whenever someone asks you for a lesson idea, think up any old tosh on the spur of the moment, sit back and have a good laugh.
Self- access
Always bear in mind that self-access is ipso facto a 'good thing' because it is associated with INDIVIDUALISATION. The cognoscenti know that the proliferation of SA centres is tacit recognition of the fact that TEFLers
are dispensable. TEFLers know nothing about language because they have degrees in geology.
Often hideously referred to in its reduced form as in 'Brian, do you fancy doing a sesh on the RODS?' You may have previously associated 'session' with much downing of pints. In TEFLspeak, however, it is much akin to a WORKSHOP. It involves a twaddler desperately seeking CV points spouting at a captive audience who would rather be somewhere else.
Special Interest Groups
A complete misnomer. Should really be entitled 'self-interest groups'. For really dedicated brown-nosers and terminal cases only.
Student- Teacher Interaction
This is a charade associated with LESSON PLANNING and involves drawing pathetic little arrows from T to Ss or vice versa. Naturally, these have no connection with reality and serve a purely decorative function.
TEFL Couple
Those who voluntarily live, eat and sleep TEFL. If you are unlucky enough to
encounter such a pair of unfortunates at a social function, make your excuses and leave.
Our dear SHARERS from ICANA announce :
Instituto Cultural Argentino Norteamericano - Departamento Cultural - Biblioteca Centro Lincoln tienen el agrado de invitarlos a la inauguración de la muestra de Fotografía New York, una pequeña aldea del fotógrafo Alejandro Mironescu el próximo martes 28 de noviembre a las 19 hs. en la Biblioteca Centro Lincoln Maipú 686
Entrada libre y gratuita. La muestra se extenderá hasta el 15 de diciembre, 2000.
Our dear SHARER and friend Susan Hillyard sent us this inspiring message. Ideal for reflection in the classroom ... and in life. Thank you Susan for your contribution.
Count your blessings...

If you woke up this morning with more health than are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of  starvation ... you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still are very rare.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder are blessed because you offered a healing touch.
 If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore,  you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
Our dear friend and enthusiastic supporter of SHARE, Celia Zubiri, Director of the Buenos Aires Players writes to us :
Dear Omar,
We feel extremely happy as we have received some important news: After eight long years of hard work devoted to Educational Theatre we are awarded the following auspices:
"La Secretaría de Cultura y Comunicación de la Presidencia de la Nación
ha resuelto auspiciar y declarar de interés cultural las obras teatrales educativas
en Inglés que realiza el grupo The Buenos Aires Players"  (expedida el 31 de Octubre de 2000 por el Secretario de Cultura y Comunicación de la Nación
Sr. Dario E. Lopérfido)"  
We would like to share this with all the SHARERS and also tell them that we are now preparing our mailing 2001. If they want to receive our brochure they may send their address to
Heartfelt congratulations to Celia and her team for a well-deserved distinction!
Our dear SHARER from Asunción, Nacho Genovese, Pearson Education Representive in Paraguay, sends us this most "realistic" story. Thank you for your contribution, dear Ignatius ! 
One bright, beautiful Sunday morning, everyone in tiny Smithville wakes up early and goes to their local church. Before the service starts, the townspeople sit in their pews and talk about their lives, their families, etc.
Suddenly, at the altar, Satan appears!! Everyone starts screaming and running for the front entrance, trampling each other in their determined efforts to get away from Evil Incarnate.
Soon, everyone is evacuated from the church except for one man, who sits calmly in his pew, seemingly oblivious to the fact that God's ultimate enemy is in his presence. This confuses Satan a bit.
Satan walks up to the man and says, "Hey, don't you know who I am?"
The man says, "Yep, sure do."
Satan says, "Well, aren't you afraid of me?"
The man says, "Nope, sure ain't."
Satan, perturbed, says, "And why aren't you afraid of me?"
"Well, I've been married to your sister for 25 years."


Our dear SHARER Albert Canil,, sends us announcement:

The Suburban Players Present: 
Evenings of Theatre! Variety Show
Saturday November 25th 
at The Playhouse , Moreno 80 ~ San Isidro
followed by our "End of the Year Party"  ( Moreno 80, San Isidro).
Tickets $ 10.- (one drink included)
Information & Reservations : 4747.4470
We wish our friends at the Suburban Players a full house and plenty of fun tonight.
Our friends from Macmillan Heinemann write to us to announce their Calendar
of Events for November- December 2000. All presentations are admission free.
Enrolment is in progress at Tel.:(011) 4711-5111  extension 125.
28/11 - 17:00 hours - V. de Obligado 2382  Belgrano, Cap. Fed.
Wonderland/ Wonderful World by Prof. Marcela Marianelli
29/11 - 10.30 hours - Casa de la Cultura de Escobar-Tapia de Cruz 1280
Jump into English by Annie Altamirano M.A.
29/11 - 17.30 hours - Colegio de la Misericordia - Av. Directorio 2138 - Flores
Jump into English by Annie Altamirano M.A.
30/11 - 17.00 hours - Coronel Diaz 1745-  Palermo
Here Comes Mini Bus/Here Comes Superbus by Prof.Marcela Marianelli.
30/11 - 9:00 hours - Instituto Bridge - Gaona 1810 - Ramos Mejía
Jump into English by Annie Altamirano M.A.
30/11 - 12:00 hours - Sagrado Corazón de Jesús - Dr. Ramón Carrillo 2349
Jump into English by Annie Altamirano M.A.
30/11 - 18:00 hours -  Instituto Albert Schweitzer - Juan Piñeiro 422 - Lanús
Jump into English by Annie Altamirano M.A.
1/12 - 11:00 hours - V. de Obligado 2382 - Belgrano, Cap. Fed.
Jump into English by Annie Altamirano M.A.
1/12 - 17.00 hours - Coronel Diaz 1745-  Palermo.
Jump into English by Annie Altamirano M.A.
2/12 - 9.30 hours- Biblioteca de Tigre - Av. Libertador 440
Jump into English by Annie Altamirano M.A.
At the end of this event, the prize draw for the course and trip to the UK will take place
7/12 - San Salvador de Jujuy
Polimodal English by Prof. Omar Villarreal
At every Jump into English presentation the participants will receive a copy of Jump into English(Student's book 1).


Hello, dear SHARERS !

Today I had a one-hour meeting with Philip, an English teacher in Central France; BJB, a teacher in Pennsylvania, USA; Cline, a student in Montpellier, France; and Armelle, who teaches EFL to students with "special needs" in Paris. As the leader of the meeting, Jean (John), didn't arrive, we started discussing by ourselves the use of Charles Dickens' work in the ESL classroom. It was an interesting interchange, and we browsed and discussed together some websites related to this famous writer.

A week ago I also had had another similar meeting, this time with Philip, BJB, Armelle, and also Bernie Dodge, San Diego State University, USA; Sarah, a teacher in a Junior High in France; Dale, a teacher from Santana
High School, USA; Michel, a teacher in a Junior High near Paris; and Annie Gwynn, an EFL teacher in a Lycée in France. There, Philip and (the other) Bernie talked us about WebQuests, a kind of project-based way of teaching English that involves searching and gathering information on definite Internet sites under teacher guidance. Once again, we browsed and discussed together some WebQuest examples in the Internet.

The beauty of these meetings was that we participants had never meet each
other before, and probably will never meet each other face-to-face in our lives. All the conversations were conducted in cyberspace, in a very special text-based virtual-reality environment called "MOO" (MOO stands for "multiuser, object oriented", but it is not time for useless technicalities now). We were all cozily sitting kilometers apart in front of our computers at home, yet the feeling was of an easy-going comradeship and closeness.

Why am I telling you this? Well, because you can also be part of the experience... I'll love to see more people from Argentina in these meetings. For starters, go to Tapped In: h
ttp:// and get the gist of it by reading the available information. Then you can visit the MOO as a guest, or directly request your own free membership. You can also read the calendar for the coming discussions (there is an option to see it in our local time). As an added value, once you are a member you can have your own "cyberoffice", all with a table, chairs, a tape-recorder, etc.) where you can invite your colleagues and students from every and each part of the world, in order to hold your very own and public/private
I'll gladly assist you anytime in getting started at Tapped In and MOOland, and advise you on how to use the freely available software in order to reap the best of it. Just  e-mail me  or if you are a student at Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional mail to:

P.S.: just for the record, here are the Internet addresses of some of the
interesting sites we browsed.
 ("The WebQuest Page". Lots of information about WebQuests, by the "other"
 (Annie Gwyn's webpage. See her Webquest on Mars, for instance)
 (Philip's teaching site. Follow the "US Elections" link)
 (A directory of Dickens-related resources)
 (A WebQuest on Dickens)


Universidad Nacional de San Luís is organizing the I Congreso Nacional sobre la Enseñanza Universitaria to be held in the city of San Luis, Province of San Luis, from 26th through 28th of April 2001. For further information visit the Congress site at

Our dear friend Angeles Durante has sent us this beautiful pep-up message we want to SHARE with you all :
The Definition of a Friend
From day to day, nothing so surely defines the quality of our lives as the unwavering affirmation in the eyes, in the voices, in the presence of our friends. It is through them that we truly begin to know ourselves; and it is their affection that assures our dignity and worth.
- Robert Sexton
Your smile, my friend,
reflects your heart;
and in that mirror
I can see
the ways in which
you've graced my life:
the peace and joy
you've given me.

Thank you Angie for your contribution and your friendship.

A dear SHARER from San Juan, Maria Eva Latty sends us this piece of news to which she says she has had immediate and direct access as a member of Her
Majesty´s entourage:
To the citizens of the United States of America,

In the light of your failure to elect a President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchial duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which I do not fancy. Your new prime minister (The rt. hon. Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A
questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium". Check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. Look up "vocabulary". Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. Look up "interspersed".

2. There is no such thing as "US English". We will let Microsoft know on your behalf.

3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian accents. It really isn't that hard.

4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as the good guys.

5. You should relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen",
but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you to get confused and give up half way through.

6. You should stop playing American "football". There is only one kind of football. What you refer to as American "football" is not a very good game.
The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside your borders may have noticed that no one else plays "American" football. You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play proper football.
Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like nancies). We are hoping to get together at least a US rugby sevens side by 2005.

7. You should declare war on Quebec and France, using nuclear weapons if they give you any merde. The 98.85% of you who were not aware that there is a world outside your borders should count yourselves lucky. The Russians have never been the bad guys. "Merde" is French for "crap".

8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 8th will be a new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called "Indecisive Day".

9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and it is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Her Majesty the Queen


Our dear SHARER, Mebel Chenna, President of Argentina TESOL informs all SHARERS:

Dear Colleague,
Argentina TESOL (ARTESOL) is pleased to remind you about the On Going PDS
(Professional Development Session) scheduled for
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 am to 12:00
Multiple Intelligences  by Marta García Lorea
ICANA - Sede Manuel Belgrano - 3 de Febrero 821 Capital Federal.
If you would like to participate or be a presenter, either fax or email  ARTESOL
Fax #: 011 4394 2979 E-mail:
The first session for 2001 will be held the second Saturday of February at Rainbow Practical English Teaching (Lomas de Zamora), and it will be about Teaching with Video and designing your own materials.
Warmest wishes,
Mabel Chena, ARTESOL President
A dear SHARER, Mónica Amaranti, sends us this selection of passages from
"I am a teacher" by John W. Schlatter.
I was born the first moment that a question leaped from the mouth of a child.
I have been many people in many places.
Throughout the course of the day I have been called upon to be an actor, friend, nurse and doctor, coach, finder of lost articles, money lender, taxi driver, psychologist, substitute parent, salesman, politician and a keeper of the faith.
Despite the maps,charts, formulas, verbs, stories and books, I have really had nothing to teach, for my students really have only themselves to learn, and I know it takes the whole world to tell you who you are.
I am the most fortunate of all who labour.
A doctor is allowed to usher life into the world in one magic moment. I am allowed to see that life is reborn each day with new questions, ideas and friendship.
An architect knows that if he builds with care, his structures may stand for centuries. A teacher knows that if he builds with love and truth, what he builds lasts forever.
I am a warrior, daily doing battles against peer presure, negativity, fear, conformity, prejudice, ignorance and aphaty. But I have great allies: Intelligence, Curiosity, Paternal Support, Individuallity, Creativity, Faith, Love and Laughter. . .
And so I have a past that is rich in memories. I have a present that is challenging, adventurous and fun because I am allowed to spend my days with the future.
I am a teacher . . . and every day I give thanks . . .

A beautiful message indeed, Mónica. Keep on SHARING!


The mere mention of Perú brings back to my  memory the happy times I spent in that friendly land as a teacher-trainer in the early-nineties. Marina and me were very happy to receive this message from the president of PERU TESOL. 
Cheers to the warm and hospitable Peruvian people!  

Dear Omar and Marina,

This is to wish you a Happy Anniversary on this first year publishing
SHARE, the electronic magazine you kindly e-mail to professionals like me
eager to get updated news and articles on the field of Teaching English and
I have recommended the Peru TESOL mailing list members to subscribe to such
fine electronic magazine with the hope to exchange news in the near future.

Thank you for SHARing with us!

Liliana Nunez
President, Peru TESOL


A continuación reproducimos un breve informe publicado en la revista electrónica
E D U C Y T - Noticias de Educación, Universidad, Ciencia y Técnica del 20 de noviembre de 2000 (Año 4 Nro 141). El mismo fue utilizado como disparador en el 
Taller "Models of Classroom Interaction: Discipline, Respect and Cooperation at
 School today" dictado por el Prof. Omar Villarreal.
"Según  un  estudio realizado  por  la Fundación  Poder  Ciudadano -llevado a cabo en más de setenta  escuelas  de provincia de Buenos Aires, interrogando a autoridades y docentes de niveles primario  y  medio-,  el  79% de los encuestados percibe un aumento en  los niveles de violencia en la escuela con respecto al año pasado.
Las agresiones verbales son la forma más común en que esta agresión
se expresa,  y  en  reiteradas  ocasiones  son  los  propios  docentes  los insultados, según datos  de  la  encuesta.   En segundo lugar, los docentes señalaron las escenas de  discriminación  y  los robos, aunque sin duda los casos más graves los constituyen las peleas con utilización de armas. Preguntados por los motivos que  generan estas escenas violentas en la escuela, la crisis de valores  de  la  sociedad  fue  el  primer aspecto señalado, con un 90% de coincidencia entre  los  encuestados.  Un 75% opinó que  la  crisis  económica  es  otra de las  causales  del  aumento  de  la
violencia;  un 54%, la crisis de autoridad de los padres;  el 50% señaló al
consumo de drogas y un 36%, a la televisión.
Este estudio es el segundo que la Fundación lleva a  cabo. En el anterior  los  docentes  indicaron mayoritariamente al consumo de alcohol y drogas como  principal  disparador de hechos violentos. En ambos estudios, la crisis económica recibió el mismo grado de importancia.
El estudio reveló  también que los maestros sancionan a los alumnos en pocas ocasiones, aunque  intervienen para resolver el problema en el 76% de los casos.  El  79%  informa a  los familiares. Los casos graves son llevados a la policía sólo un 19% de las veces."
It is a truism that as Joseph Joubert, moralist and essayist (1754-1824) put it : "Words, like eyeglasses, obscure everything they do not make clear". We thought the following mail exchange between the editor of A WORD A DAY and a subscriber from the UK might throw some light on the famous Newton´s phrase:
"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." which is quite frequently considered the epitome of humility coming from a genius like Newton:
From: Anna Lindsay (
Subject: Re. Newton's quotation...

Thought this might interest you about Newton's quotation, "If I have seen
farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants."
(From "An Underground Education" by Richard Zacks, p.37)
"Pundits use this quote as the ultimate expression of humility in genius, but
what they miss (and almost everyone else does too) is that Newton wrote that
line to a very, very, short man, a hunchbacked fellow scientist with whom he
was having a bitter feud.
"Newton (1642-1727) was furious that Robert Hooke (1635-1703) was staking
claim to many key discoveries in optics and calculus. (Hooke did in fact
build the first reflecting telescope). [...]
"Newton wrote a long letter to Hooke on February 5, 1675, defending himself
from charges of intellectual piracy, praising Hooke for trifles, and then
Newton built to the famous `standing on the shoulders of giants' line.
(Newton, by the way, adapted it from a line about pygmies in a then-famous
book called Anatomy of Melancholy.)
"You might translate Newton's sentiments: `While I admit to building on the
work of my scientific predecessors, I certainly didn't learn anything from a
dwarf like you.'"

Federación Argentina de Asociaciones de Profesores de Inglés & Asociación de Profesores de Inglés  de Buenos Aires present the 2001 FAAPI Conference
"Looking Back, Thinking Ahead: Merging the past, present and future of ELT"20, to be held in the city of Buenos Aires on 21, 22 September 2001

Call for Papers
Proposals are invited for poster presentations, 40-minute papers or 90-minute workshops. Submissions on any topic related to the teaching of English, including but not limited to: Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Phonology, Literature, Computers & Technology, ESP/EAP, Testing, Materials Design, Educational Reform, Teacher Training, Postgraduate Education, Curriculum Design, Language & Culture, Young Learners, International Examinations, Teaching Content in a Foreign Language, Writing, (Self-)Assessment, and Research are welcome.
The contributions MUST be original and should not have been presented or published elsewhere.
Please include the following in your submission:
- A cover letter stating whether you are submitting a proposal for a poster presentation, a 40-minute paper or a 90-minute workshop and listing the presentation’s title, author(s), author affiliation(s) (including FAAPI Association membership if applicable), contact address, telephone numbers, FAX number(s), e-mail address(es), and a 50-word paragraph about the presenter(s).
- An original and two copies of a 75 word abstract suitable for inclusion in the program, 
- A summary narrative of 500 words that provides a clear understanding of the presentation’s content.
Papers from teachers working in other Latin American countries are particularly welcome. Given equivalent academic merit, papers from members of FAAPI Associations will be given preference. Those wishing to propose panels or special sessions should contact the organisers.
Submission deadline is May 1, 2001. Acceptance notification will be e-mailed by June 30, 2001.
Submissions should be sent to:
M.T. de Alvear 1369 
C1058AAU Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telefax: +54-11-4326 3927 
Ms Cristina de la Vega, Director of ACUARELL - Operadores Culturales - writes to us in connection with Laura Lewin´s highly successful seminar for Heads, Coordinators and Directors of Studies present of future "Coordinating Successfuly".
This celebrated course will be held next Saturday 2nd of December from 9:00 to 17:00 hours at  Av. Cabildo 1950.
There is special promotion ( 15% off !) for those enrolling before 30th of November.
Further information can be obtained from : ACUARELL (011) 4371-3677 or  ABS International (011) 4832-3000 (after midday)

Our sincere congratulations to Laura for the enduring success of her course!
Bye for now, dear SHARERS.
Can we just leave you one last thought for the week ? It´s about friendship, after all that is what SHARE is all about : friends with a common interest .
This "alphabet" for friendship (which you can use as a "checklist" for what a true friend is, in case you need it) was sent to us by our dear friend and SHARER, Adriana Benvenutto:

A Friend......

(A)ccepts you as you are
(B)elieves in "you"
(C)alls you just to say "Hi"
(D)oesn't give up on you
(E)nvisions the whole of you
(even the unfinished parts)
(F)orgives your mistakes
(G)ives unconditionally
(H)elps you
(I)nvites you over
(J)ust "be" with you
(K)eeps you close at heart
(L)oves you for who you are
(M)akes a difference in your life
(N)ever Judges
(O)ffers support
(P)icks you up
(Q)uiets your fears
(R)aises your spirits
(S)ays nice things about you
(T)ells you the truth when you need to  hear it
(U)nderstands you
(V)alues you
(W)alks beside you
(X)-plains things you don't understand
(Y)ells when you won't listen and
(Z)aps you back to reality


Omar and Marina


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