An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 2                    Number 44                                     December 9th  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.
The year is coming to an end but for most of us there are still three busy weeks ahead. Academic activity slowly diminishing but the need to start getting everything ready for the end-of-year celebrations and holidays quickly looming in the horizon. 
To open this issue of SHARE (there won´t be one next week as both of us are sitting for two difficult exams) we chose this message from  Liliana Arana de Martinez from 9 de Julio in the province of Buenos Aires,
Dear Omar and Marina,
Throughout this -sometimes tiring year, you have kept me company with your magazine. I can only say "Thank you" for all the ideas, advice and understanding.
I wanted to share this poem by Frank McGarry with you. It's called "Sharing Things"
The squirrels and the blue-tits share the birdhouse,
The seagulls share the meadow with the sheep.
The carrion-crows and kestrels share the tree-tops,
The badgers share their sett to go to sleep.
The ramblers share the pathways with retrievers
Who take their owners with them on their strolls.
The tourists share the local with the locals,
On the green the bowlers share a game of bowls.
To share is not to lose a thing, to share is purely gain.
To share a joy increases it, the opposite with pain.
Sharing is togetherness, sharing is sublime;
To share a meal, to share a joke, or just to share some time.
Thank you Liliana, Thank you all of you , dear SHARERS for keeping each other company.

1.- These things I wish for you.
2.- No more fees for Licenciaturas ? 
3.- World Wide Words: "Right as Rain".
4.- At SEA agian.
5.- Everybody & Co..
6.- Teorías Contemporáneas del Aprendizaje.
7.- Bernieh´s Corner.
8.- A "Serious" Warning from Bernieh.  
9.- Adventure Weekend in the Córdoba Hills.  
10.-Report on The Power of the Internet for Learning. 
11- Business English Training Programme on-line.
12- Erratum.
14.-Bilingual Education in State Schools in the City of B.A.   
15- A Poem for my Friends.
Our dear friend and SHARER, Bethina Viale, sends us this heartwarming message. I know our SHARERS will be able to read between the lines. This is much more than a message for grannies or grandads ( if it was ever intended for
grandparents alone). We read it ourselves and could not help getting a knot in the stomach thinking about all the good things in life that we are missing and making our children miss.  
These Things I Wish for You

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we  made them worse.
For my grandchildren, I'd know better.
I'd really like for them to know about hand-me-down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf.  I really would.
My cherished grandson, I hope you learn humility by surviving failure and that you learn to be honest even when no one is looking.
I hope you learn to make your bed and mow the lawn and wash the car -- and I hope nobody gives you a brand-new car when you are sixteen.
It will be good if at least one time you can see a baby calf born and you have a good friend to be with you if you ever have to put your old dog to sleep.
I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.
I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother.  And it is all right to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you'll let him.
And when you want to see a Disney movie and your kid  brother wants to tag along, I hope you take him. 
I hope you have to walk uphill with your friends and that  you live in a town where you can do it safely.
If you want a slingshot, I hope your father teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.  I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books, and when you learn to use computers,  you also learn how to add and subtract in your head.
I hope you get razzed by friends when you have your first crush on a girl, and that when you talk back to your mother you learn what Ivory soap tastes like.
May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on the stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.
I hope you get sick when someone blows smoke in your face. I don't care if you try beer once, but I hope you won't like it.
And if a friend offers you a joint or any drugs, I hope you are smart enough to realize that person is not your friend.
I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your grandpa or go fishing with your uncle.
I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through a neighbor's window, and that she hugs you and kisses  you when you give her a plaster of paris mold of your hand.
These things I wish for you -- tough times and disappointment, hard work and ...happiness.

By Lee Pitts


With the passing of the Federal and the Higher Education Act unbder the previous Administration , a number of us,  graduate teachers of English from Terciary Education Institutions embarked on different B.A. courses of studies (Ciclos de Lienciatura) in order to get a University degree (Título "de grado" Universitario), some in order to persue further courses at M.A. level, others to fill the requirements for teaching in Educación Polimodal or Higher Education (
Terciary or University level). A number of prestigious private and state universities (the number of choices is endless) offered such courses which varied in length of time, type of dedication required, and quality. Invariably all the offers were fee-paying, again the cost varied (always within a figure of thousands of pesos). This might no longer be the case, at least with state-run universities. Let´s read this article (abridged) from "Página 12" (4th December 2000)

Conflicto en ciernes con las universidades públicas que cobran

La Cámara de Diputados dio media sanción al cambio en la Ley de Educación
Superior para que se garantice la gratuidad de los estudios de grado. Entre los proyectos que se aprobaron la semana pasada en la Cámara de Baja, también logró media sanción la que sería la primera modificación de la controvertida Ley de Educación Superior... El proyecto de reforma establece que los estudios de grado deberán estar "exentos de pagos de aranceles obligatorios". Así, de ser aprobada por el Senado, quedará cerrada la mayor disputa abierta por la ley, la que llevó al desconocimiento de la norma por parte de muchas universidades: la posibilidad de arancelar que abría, en contradicción con la Constitución. La modificación de la LES plantearía un nuevo escenario para las universidades públicas que ya cobran aranceles a sus alumnos y para las que dictan carreras a distancia o a través de campus virtuales.

El proyecto de ley fue elaborado por la diputada aliancista Adriana Puiggrós. El cambio que se propone es agregar un inciso f al artículo 13, que quedaría así: "Los estudiantes de las instituciones estatales de educación superior tienen derecho... a acceder y completar los estudios de grado exentos de pagos de aranceles obligatorios".
Esta primera modificación de la LES ya abrió un debate centrado en los
sistemas de educación a distancia ... De hecho, las autoridades de la Universidad de Quilmes (UNQ) pretenden que, dados los costos que implica, se exceptúe a la educación vía Internet de lo que sería el nuevo texto de la ley.
"De ninguna manera es nuestra intención perjudicar el sistema de educación a distancia, que en la Universidad Nacional de Quilmes funciona muy bien, aunque tampoco puede ser que la Educación Superior sea gratuita sin aranceles obligatorios, pero que se exceptúe a la educación a distancia", argumentó Puiggrós.
Un camino alternativo, si el Senado cierra definitivamente la puerta del arancel, es que las universidades que desarrollaron enseñanza virtual pasen a cobrar un plus en concepto de gastos administrativos.... 
Puiggrós polemizó: "Ninguna Universidad pública puede cobrar arancel. Si no, ¿qué diferencia hay entre la Universidad privada y la estatal? La universidad pública no se puede sostener por los criterios de la oferta y la demanda".

We, teachers and translators of English feel a strong fascination for words. After all (linguistic theories and learning theories aside) that´s the stuff our professions are made of.
If you fel like that too, why dont you visit  <>.
Here´s an example of what you will find :
Q. I have been deputized by a small group of your readers and admirers to ask you a question. What is the meaning and origin of the phrase, 'right as rain'? Is it an aesthetically pleasing but essentially meaningless alliteration, or is 'rain' really correct in some way? [Julane Marx, California]

A. An interesting question. Thank you for mentioning admirers. I'm more doubtful about the deputising: presumably the next stage would have been to get up a posse.
Perhaps surprisingly, there have been expressions starting 'right as ...' since medieval times, always in the sense of something being satisfactory, safe, secure or comfortable. An early example, quoted as a proverb as long ago as 1546, is 'right as a line'. In that, 'right' might have had a literal sense of straightness,
something desirable in a line, but it also clearly has a figurative sense of being correct or acceptable. There's an even older example, from the _Romance of the Rose_ of 1400: "right as an adamant", where an adamant was a lodestone or magnet.
Lots of others have followed in the centuries since. There's 'right as a gun', which appeared in _Prophetess_, one of John Fletcher's plays, in 1622. 'Right as my leg' is also from the seventeenth century - it's in Sir Thomas Urquhart's translation of _Gargantua and Pantagruel_, by Rabelais, published in 1664: "Some were young, quaint, clever, neat, pretty, juicy, tight, brisk, buxom, proper,
kind-hearted, and as right as my leg, to any man's thinking".
There's 'right as a trivet' from the nineteenth century, a trivet being a stand for a pot or kettle placed over an open fire; this may be found in Charles Dickens's _Pickwick Papers_ of 1837: "'I hope you are well, sir.' 'Right as a trivet, sir,' replied Bob Sawyer". About the same time, or a little later, people were saying
that things were 'as right as ninepence', 'as right as a book', 'as right as nails', or 'as right as the bank'.
'Right as rain' is a latecomer to this illustrious collection of curious similes. It may have first appeared at the very end of the nineteenth century, but the first example I can find is from Max Beerbohm's book _Yet Again_ of 1909: "He looked, as himself would undoubtedly have said, 'fit as a fiddle,' or 'right as rain.' His cheeks were rosy, his eyes sparkling". Since then it has almost
completely taken over from the others.
It makes no more sense than the variants it has usurped and is clearly just a play on words (though perhaps there's a lurking idea that rain often comes straight down, in a right line, to use the old sense). But the alliteration was undoubtedly why it was created and has helped its survival. 'As right as ninepence' has had a good run, too, for much the same reason, but that has vanished even in Britain since we decimalised the coinage and since ninepence stopped being worth very much.
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Our dear friend and SHARER, Marcelo Andrés García from the Schools of English Association (SEA) sends us this announcement :
SEA (Schools of English Association) will hold its "Cuarta Reunión de Asociados" on Saturday 16th December at 3:00 p.m. at the ESSARP auditorioum, Esmeralda 672 8º piso Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
SEA is a non-profit association of English Language Schools from all over the country. Its main aim is to defend the rights and advancement of the cause of the private schools, institutes and centres for the teaching of English (enseñanza no-oficial) in our country. More information on the meeting or on how to join the
association can be requested from : 
Schools of English Association
Avda. Córdoba 435 3ro. "B", Buenos Aires
Tel/Fax: (011) 4311-1033 - E-mail:


Dear Omar and Marina:
I'm Laura Rostan, from Rosario. First of all, I'd like to thank you both for keeping in touch with your cheerful and helpful shares. I really enjoy reading them all, then I print them and SHARE them with other fellow teachers from one of the schools where I work.We are eager to put everything on practice.
Last but not least, I want to SHARE a well-known piece of writing. It's a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Everybody
wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody asked Anybody.

Thanks for your sharing once again.
A huge double hug,

Thank YOU, Laura and keep on SHARING !!
Next Saturday 16th December Dr. José Antonio Castorina will lecture (in Spanish) on  "Algunos  de  los  problemas de las teorías contemporáneas  del aprendizaje".  His lecture will include, among others, the following topics :  theories as research programmes and their problems (the case of the psycho- genetic school, cognitivism and socio-historical psyuchology).  The difficulties of these "programmes" and their contribution to the development of knowledge. For further information  e-mail:  or visit the Web site:

Hello, Professor Villarreal,
Find below the invitation to a virtual conference on education, from Israel. Its theme is "Opening Gates in Teacher Education", something I regard very close to your activities and to the activities of many SHARERS.  Apparently, there are no fees involved.
As a side commentary, I attended a virtual conference in 1977 which had a
structure very similar to this one, and it was a extremely valuable experience: I had a paper accepted, made a lot of friends throughout the world, gave an online one-hour "live" presentation, attended a few of other presentations, and learned many interesting things. So, I encourage you and anybody interested in the subject to join this Conference.
Call for proposals - International Virtual Conference for Teacher Educators
Conference Dates:  February 12-14, 2001
Pre-conference Web Site:
Opening Gates in Teacher Education is the first virtual conference out of Israel where teacher educators will discuss important issues pertaining to Teacher Education. The conference, as reflected in its title, will emphasize the opening of gates to new fields and interests, to new ways of thinking and teaching, to the state of the art in research and innovative projects.
Our conference provides the means for you to meet and discuss issues of utmost importance with colleagues and prominent educators from all areas of teacher education.
For a complete listing of presentation formats, themes, topics, and the proposal form, please visit our pre-conference Web site at
Visit our site and sign up for more information and updates. Send questions and/or comments to the conference organizers at:
Jean Vermel and Elaine Hoter (Conference Conveners). This conference is sponsored by the Mofet Institute, Israel.
A little bit jealous of our column "A Sense of Humour", Bernieh has decided to  contribute decidedly in that direction this week. He writes:   
" This fake story I'm enclosing below is part of an example comprehension
exercise I found in the Internet. It is funny, and has already put some
dangerous ideas on my mind (grin) ... would it work in Argentina? Maybe yes, so be warned!
Jerry was worried about his final test, because he knew he would fail. He
hadn't done any work at all. When he entered the test room, he took a question paper and two answer papers. Instead of writing the exam, he wrote a letter to his mother: "Dear Mum: I've finished my exam. It was easy. Now I'm just sitting in the exam room waiting for Paul to finish. It's been a lovely spring...".
At the end of the exam, Jerry handed in the letter to his mother. He kept the other answer booklet, and went straight home. When he got there, he took out all his books, and he wrote the perfect exam paper in the empty booklet. As soon as he had finished, he mailed the exam booklet to his mother. Then he waited. The next day, Jerry's professor called. "It seems you gave us the wrong answer booklet," he said. "You gave us a letter to your mother." "Oh my God!" said Jerry. "I must have sent the answers to Mum! I'll call her right away, and have her send them to you."
"OK," said the professor. "We'll wait until it arrives, and then mark it. Be more careful next time!"
Our dear SHARERS, Pierre Stapley and Denis Dunn write to us :
Dunn and Stapley have now finished making plans for their  "Exploration & Adventure Weekend" in the Cordoba Hills which will take place in February 2001. There are two weekends to choose from:
1.- Friday 2nd February to Monday 5th February
2.-Friday 9th February to Monday 12th February.
The fee for the whole weekend is $70.00 which includes dormitory accommodation, food and tuition. Full information about the weekend can be found on the Dunn and Stapley website -
If you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to:

The American Congress established a Commission to conduct a thorough study of the critical pedagogical and policy issues affecting the development and use of
WWW-based content and learning strategies to improve achievement at the K-12
(Kindergarten through Year 12) and postsecondary levels.

The report, "The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to
will be released on Thursday, December 14th, 2000 at 9:30 a.m. in  Washington, DC. and might be of interst to teachers all over the world for , information, reference and comparative purposes. Copies of the report will be posted on the Commission's website
The press conference will be webcast on
Additional information about the Commission, its members, mission, past
activities is available on the Commission's web site or by connecting Irene Spero, External Relations Director   
Our dear and very active SHARER Gabriela Fernández Testa  sends us this announcement on behalf of her friend Emily Lites from the American Business English Internet School
The Certificate in Teaching Business English (CTBE)
Offered Online by Sue Mackarness
Target :  
Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) who want to teach Business English (BE) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) to foreign professionals in the U.S. and overseas.
International English teachers who want to learn the latest methods and teach in their own countries.
Overview of the Program
The CTBE Program is designed in a modular style and can be studied at your convenience since all materials, activities and discussions are available to you 24/7online at our state-of-the-art learning environment. Each of the 12 modules is interconnected to the central theme of business, and the program is approximately 60 hours in length. Each module of the program comes complete with in-class tasks, an adaptable sample lesson plan, suggestions for materials, tips on methodology and techniques, and critique sheets.
Course Modules  
They are 12 all in all and include among other topics : Presentations, Meetings,
Negotiations, Interviewing, Telephoning, Social English and Business Vocabulary.
Dates: February 1- March 31, 2001
Technical Requirements: Multimedia Pentium computer, Netscape 4.0 (or higher) OR Internet Explorer 4.0 (or higher).
Cost: $500
Registrations for the February-March online session are now being accepted
In our last issue when we listed the names of the students that are soon to join the Comisión Promotora y Organizadora of the Argentine Forum of Teachers and
Students of English, we wrongly quoted that Miss Elisabet Guber, one of the students´representatives belonged to Instituto Superior del Profesorado Juan XXIII - Bahía Blanca when in fact Elisabet´s affiliation is :
Universidad Nacional del Comahue - Escuela Superior de Idiomas - General Roca
To her and the rest of the Committee we wish the very best in the difficult endeavours of giving the final shape to the Forum and organizing the 8th Congress to be held in the city of Mendoza in 2001.
13.- FAITH 
Our dear friend and SHARER from Uruguay, Andrea Davies, sent us this beautiful poem by Laura Baker Haynes. Very appropriate to survive the last days of the school year.  
Faith can move mountains
No matter how steep,
And calm the rough waters,
No matter how deep.
Faith can change darkness
To heavenly light,
While leading us tranquilly
Out of the night.
All this I can grant, with
Assurance, you see,
For countless are the mountains
Faith has moved for me.
About this latest educational innovation of the Government of the City of Buenos
Aires of special relevance to teachers in the metropolitan area, we will reproduce in an abridged form the report we received from Ing. Eduardo Cosso, Agencia de Noticias Educativas - Secretaría de Extensión Universitaria, Cultura y Comunicación Social del Rectorado de la Universidad Tecnológica Nacional on 7th December. The report is based on news published in Clarín, La Nación, Página 12 y BAH: 

"Clases bilingües en 12 escuelas publicas de la Capital

Casi 900 alumnos de primer grado tendrán materias en español y en otro
idioma. Podrá ser inglés, francés, italiano o portugués.
La vicejefa de Gobierno, Cecilia Felgueras, y el secretario de Educación, Daniel Filmus, presentaron ayer el programa acompañados de otros funcionarios del área y de representantes del British Council, del gobierno de Québec (Canadá) y de las embajadas de Brasil, Italia, Francia y Portugal. "Las escuelas están ubicadas en barrios cuya población tiene muchas dificultades para acceder a la enseñanza de otra lengua. Esta es una experiencia pedagógica muy importante, una apuesta a favor de la escuela pública y un nuevo impulso a la tradición multilingüe de la educación porteña", comentó Filmus....
Después de presentar el programa, el secretario de Educación convocó a los
profesores de idiomas que estén interesados en dar clases. (a anotarse)  en las sedes de los distritos escolares los días 12, 13 y 14 de este mes. Además de los requisitos establecidos por el Estatuto del Docente, los profesores tendrán que superar una entrevista personal. Y aceptar actividades intensivas de capacitación durante febrero.
Los maestros del segundo idioma darán tres horas-cátedra por día de lunes a
jueves y los viernes se reunirán para evaluar la experiencia."
Of the 12 schools that will take part in the experience, six will be devoted to English:
Escuela 15  Distrito Escolar 19  Address : Portela 3150
Escuela 6    Distrito Escolar 21 Address : N. Descalzi 5425
Escuela 13  Distrito Escolar  5  Address : Salom 332
Escuela 11   Distrito Escolar  6  Address : Humberto 1ro 3171
Escuela 15   Distrito Escolar  8  Address : Saraza 1353
Escuela 22  Distrito Escolar  11  Address : Avelino Diaz 2353
Only teachers who have duly enrolled in the City Register ( Listados Oficiales) for 2001 will be able to apply for a position in these pilot schools.

Our very dear friend Alicia Nasca from Tucumán has sent us this most amusing
poem which she received through the Net and dedicates to all her friends .
A most welcome contribution at this time of the year when everyone is lookng for that miracle diet that will help him or her lose the 20 odd kilos he or she put on through this year´s long, long winter.  
I have a new delightful friend,
I am most in awe of her.
When we first met I was impressed,
By her bizarre behavior.

That day I had a date with friends,
We met to have some lunch.
Mae had come along with them,
All in all ... a pleasant bunch.
When the menus were presented,
We ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups.
Except for Mae who circumvented,
And said, Ice Cream, please: two scoops.

I was not sure my ears heard right,
And the others were aghast.
Along with heated apple pie,
Mae added, completely unabashed.

We tried to act quite nonchalant,
As if people did this all the time.
But when our orders were brought out,
I did not enjoy mine.

I could not take my eyes off Mae,
As her pie a-la-mode went down.
The other ladies showed dismay,
They ate their lunches silently, and frowned.

Well, the next time I went out to eat,
I called and invited Mae.
My lunch contained white tuna meat,
She ordered a parfait.

I smiled when her dish I viewed,
And she asked if she amused me.
I answered, Yes, you do,
But also you confuse me.

How come you order rich desserts,
When I feel I must be sensible?
She laughed and said, with wanton mirth,
I am tasting all that's possible.

I try to eat the food I need,
And do the things I should.
But life's so short, my friend, indeed,
I hate missing out on something good.

This year I realized how old I was,
She grinned, I've not been this old before.
So, before I die, I've got to try,
Those things for years I had ignored.

I've not smelled all the flowers yet,
There's too many books I have not read.
There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down,
And kites to be flown overhead.

There are many malls I have not shopped,
I've not laughed at all the jokes.
I've missed a lot of Broadway Hits,
And potato chips and cokes.

I want to wade again in water,
And feel ocean spray upon my face.
Sit in a country church once more,
And thank God for It's grace.

I want peanut butter every day,
Spread on my morning toast.
I want un-timed long-distance calls,
To the folks I love the most.

I've not cried at all the movies yet,
Nor walked in the morning rain.
I need to feel wind in my hair,
I want to fall in love again.

So, if I choose to have dessert,
Instead of having dinner.
Then should I die before night fall,
I'd say I died a winner.

Because I missed out on nothing,
I filled my heart's desire.
I had that final chocolate mousse,
Before my life expired.

With that, I called the waitress over,
I've changed my mind, it seems.
I said, I want what she is having,
Only add some more whipped-cream!

Alicia says "Gems may be precious, but friendship is priceless". Then, we are richer to have Alicia as a friend. 

Wow! It´s high time we stopped revising and sent this issue to you. We do not want to part this time without sharing with you one of the most moving messages
we received this year. It is from a dear SHARER from Salto : Mara     
Queridos Omar y Marina
Mil gracias por enviarnos la revista SHARE. Es hermosa y me siento identificada  con ella. Me alegre mucho cuando leí que Marina esta mejor. De hecho, yo había rezado por ella y tambien por todos aquellos que pasan por situaciones difíciles
Gracias por brindarnos no sólo lo intelectual y profesional sino también lo humano, donde en definitiva , se encuentra la verdad.
Que Dios los bendiga y los proteja, y los siga iluminando para que hagan tanto bien como hasta ahora
Los quiero mucho
Omar and Marina


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