An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
Year 3                    Number 46                                     February 3rd  2001
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.
A new year. Year 3 for SHARE!! Back from our´s hot and sticky and rainy (God knows it is! ) but we could wait no longer. We wanted to start
writing SHARE again . And it feels so good!
Why ? 
Would you accept this message by Susana Bosso, as
an answer?

"Este es un mensaje de amor y agradecimiento a dos queridos amigos que me han acompañado todo el año a pesar de sus ocupaciones, sus problemas y su salud.

En el árbol de los amigos les quiero decir que ocupan un lugar preferencial y que son de los que hacen al árbol de raíces más profunda , las ramas más grandes y que da sombra placentera ayudando a hacer nuestra profesión más amena y a hacernos sentir que no estamos solos.

Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo en paz y amor." 

Thank you Susana and a big, big hug from the heart.
Thank you all dear SHARERS for being there again.  
1.- Recipe for a happy new year.
2.- Peru TESOL 2001. 
3.- Your computer melted down? Great!
4.- New Teachers´Association.
5.- Buzzwords.
6.- Bernieh´s Corner : How the Queen has changed.
7.- ELE: Español como lengua extranjera.
8.- Atention Deficit Disorder ( ADD).  
9.- News from Universidad del Litoral.  
10.-I don´t want to sleep tonight. 
11.- Congress in Mexico.
12- Proverbs for the New Millennium.
13.-Courses in Uruguay.
14.-Omar´s Tour of the Litoral.   
Our dear SHARER from Córdoba Capital, Christian Duarte Varela, sends us  what he calls  "a very special recipe by an unknown author".  
" Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-one different parts, but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith, one part of patience, one part of courage, and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play, and a cupful of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile, and serve with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness.
You're bound to have a happy new year. "
Beautiful!  We´ve already printed it out and placed it in our new diary. It makes a nice present too. We translated it and sent a copy to some of our friends.   
Well done, Chris !!

2.-    PERU TESOL 2001
This year Peru Tesol will hold its Ninth Convention "English Teachers towards the New Millennium" in Arequipa from 1st to 3rd August.  
The Annual Convention is the most important event for Peru-TESOL and is an essential element in the professional development of its members.  These meetings provide the venue for the reporting of projects and activities as well as the sharing of experiences.  All those interested in participating in this Convention are invited to submit one or more session proposals.

Who can present?
Teachers, teacher trainers, candidates to Master and Ph.D. degrees, researchers, program administrators, materials and curriculum developers, as well as professionals in fields such as education, linguistics, psychology, sociology, translation and communications are welcomed. 
What topics are encouraged?
Innovative proposals on classroom practices, connections between teaching and
learning, language interaction, integration of skills, cultural differences and
similarities applied to language learning, technology supporting teaching-learning
processes, and activities which improve the language skills are solicited.  Interactive formats for presenting information to participants are encouraged.

What types of proposals are possible?
Two types of proposals can be submitted: a) Workshop (90 minutes) b) Demonstration (45 minutes). The deadline for submission is April 30th , 2001.  
Is there any kind of sponsorship for presenters?
Presenters can apply for lodging sponsorship by Peru-TESOL. This consists of providing lodging in a double or triple room together with another speaker/s at the headquarters hotel, as well as breakfast and a snack for lunch. it also provides local transportation in a shuttle at specific times and places.  
If you wish to submit a proposal, please contact
CC:  or fax to (51-1) 336-6016 (any time, day or night, from Monday to Sunday except Saturdays) for a proposal form. 
The Selection Committee will send notifications of acceptance by early June 2001.

Our dear friend and SHARER Bethina Viale from Rosario, sent us this wonderful piece for reflection "Disguised Blessings"  by Joseph B. Walker:  
"There is a place where modern technological conveniences go to die.
My place.
During the past week alone we have sent our van's fuel pump to the automotive afterlife, our washing machine to laundry Valhalla and our home computer through those big Windows in the sky.
They join the lifeless metallic bodies of our dishwasher, our microwave oven and our food processor, all of which have given up the electronic ghost during the last few months.  If there were laws against appliance abuse, I'd be public enemy number one.  Thankfully, we do better with living things -- not counting household plants, flowers, grass and tomatoes.
Our five children somehow manage to survive -- even thrive -- despite all the bad feng shui and negative karma.  They are all healthy, happy and well-adjusted, give or take the occasional drama major.  And that, after all, is what really matters.
At least, that's what my wife Anita said.
"This is just stuff," she said soothingly, reassuringly, as I wrote out a check to cover the installation of the new fuel pump.
"Yes it is," I said, my fingers still trembling.  "Very expensive stuff.  Do you realize that this fuel pump is costing me more than the first car I bought?"
She smiled playfully.  "What a blessing!" she said.  I looked at her curiously.
"A blessing?" I asked.  "We just spent an entire freelance check on a fuel pump, and you think it's a blessing?"
"Uh-huh," she said.  "What a blessing that we had the money to cover it!"  She had a valid point -- as usual.  But I couldn't let her win this easily.
"What about losing the washing machine at the same time?" I asked.
"Was that a blessing, too?"
"Sure," she said.  "My brother feels good about letting us use his machine, and I'm able to spend a little more time with him and his family while I wash our clothes at his house.  And I'm really going to appreciate our new washer when we get it."  She was good.  No question about it.
Twenty-three years of living with me had given her plenty of experience at searching for silver linings.  But I knew I had her with the last one.
"And what about our computer melt-down?" I asked.  "What's the blessing in that?"
A worried look crossed her face.  This was tough, no question about it.  It's like they say: everyone makes mistakes, but it takes a computer to really foul things up.  Then, suddenly, she brightened.
"You're not staying up so late working on the computer," she said, "so you're getting a lot more sleep!  That's a good thing, isn't it?"
She had me there.  I had actually noticed how much better I had been feeling the past few days, and had already attributed it to getting more sleep.
"OK, I give up -- you win!" I said.  "But how do you do that?"
"Do what?"
"You know -- what you're doing," I said.  "Finding the blessing in the curse."
"Oh, that," she said.  "It isn't hard, really.  The blessing is always there -- somewhere.  You just have to look for it.  Sometimes you have to look pretty hard.  But it's there."
Even at my place."
Worth giving it a thought, don´t you think? Thank you, Bethina and keep on SHARING.
Our dear SHARER Cecilia Bravo de Infante, writes to us :
"Dear Omar and Marina,
This very brief message is from Santiago del Estero, anouncing you we have held our first "Asamblea General Ordinaria" of our very new "Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Santiago del Estero" (APISE) on  Saturday December 9th, 2000. The following is the list of members on the Executive Committee :
Presidente: Ma. Novasio de Bagli
Vice Presidente: Ana Agüero de Renner
Secretaria: Cecilia Bravo de Infante
Tesorera: Susana Muxi de Touriño
Pro tesorera: Adela Michemberg de Kunst
Vocal titular 1° Alba Abregú de Salomón
Vocal titular 2° Isabel Gonzalez de Quaglia
Vocal suplente 1° Emma Figueroa de Campos
Vocal suplente 2° Ma. Rosa Morales de Salvador
Comisión Revisora de Cuentas
Ana Barrionuevo
Susana Pereyra de Agüero
Silvia Chuaire de Navarrete
After great efforts our association finally became a reality ! We are very happy for this. We receive your electronic magazine every week and it is always a
pleasure to be in contact with you.
A big hug from your friends in Santiago del Estero."
A heartfelt Hooray and all our best wishes for the new Association. In these days of selfishness and utter individualism, it is really rewarding to see how a group of teachers have decided to create a new space for SHARING experiences, plans, hopes, and illusions with their colleagues. For the benefit of our profession at large we need many more of these ELT associations, centres, athenaeums and forums throughout the country. Congratulations to the Excutive Committee of APISE !
Did you know that our dear SHARER Silvia Tubio is co-publisher of  an electronic magazine for Teachers of Business English? Did you know you can subscribe to it for free? 
To subscribe send a blank e-mail to:
Here as an appetizer a section of her last e-zine:
By now you are familiar with many of them. Here are some just for fun, hoping they do not apply in your company..
Blamestorming: Sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or
a project failed and who was responsible.
Seagull Manager: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps all over
everything and then leaves.
Adminisphere: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank
and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly
inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.
Ohno-second:  That minuscule fraction of time in which realize that you've just
made a BIG mistake. Like making the selection that reformats your hard drive. No nanoseconds here, your "Oh, no!" can stretch for a long while until you come up with some "smart" idea.
Hello, dear SHARERS!
As a little Comeback present for everybody on this list, I am posting an interesting short-article by Ian Stuart, where the author describes how the Queen's (spoken) English has been evolving in recent years. So, from now on, when you hear any of various mispronunciations I am so fond of perpetrating, please bear in mind that they are not wrongly produced sounds, but just my way of following the trend :-)
If you want to get a hid get a het
by Ian Stuart
December 22, 2000
The Italian Mafia make you an offer you can't refuse; the Glasgow Mafia
make you an offer you can't understand. That used to be the case, anyway.
But regional accents are in a turmoil at the moment. Firms operating call
centres and telephone help lines like the Scottish accent because it sounds
honest and reassuring; a bluff Yorkshire accent is also acceptable- but
Brummie (Midlands) and Welsh sound a That's what the
market research boys say anyway.
And spoken English is changing faster than ever before. For the last ten years Estuary English (EE)  has been working its way up from the south east of the country. Apart from linguistic crimes such as "well good" and "innit", EE tends to lose the final consonants (and often intermediate consonants as well)- and even vowel sounds are changing. There is no longer any great distinction between "to" and "too" - both of them tend to come out as "tew" - listen tew Tony Blair if you don't believe me. Of course, some EE is just old fashioned Cockney - "blood" - or "blud" as a Yorkshireman would say it, comes out as "blad" or "bled" if you are a bit higher up the food chain.
That is part of the problem, you see. Spoken English is not simply an indicator of origin - it is also an indicator of social class. And even the lady at the very top of the food chain - ODQ (Our Dear Queen) is not immune from linguistic influences.
In a fascinating piece of research published in "Nature" Doctor Harrington of MqQuarie University in Sydney has been examining recordings of the Queen's Christmas message over the last forty years. And the changes are astounding. In the fifties, the Queen pronounced " pat" "mat" and "hat" as "pet" "met" and "het" - now she flattens the vowel and moves it further forward in the mouth. "Hid" "head" and "had" - once almost indistinguishable, are now given their separate values. She does the "tew" thing as well. The man who looked after the palace grounds, once known as "the grindsman" has got his proper title at last, and one's "hice" has become a house again .
My theory is that this is all part of the humanisation of the monarchy. Post-Diana, scared stiff that the sweaty night-cap mob will soon be hammering at the gates, they have worked hard at sounding like everyone else. Or - more likely - its just a linguistic virus that's floating in the air. It will infect everyone - until the next one comes along and we all start sounding like Liverpudlians again.
A Happy Christmas tew you all.
Bernardo Humberto Banega (h) | English Teaching/Learning, see
A dear SHARER , Ana Maria Rossi de Bergel,
forwards a message from the President of Centum to us. Here is an excerpt of that message :
"Entre los muchos proyectos que hemos encarado (en el año 2000) hemos suscripto un convenio con la UCA para el desarrollo del área de Español como Lengua Extranjera...  este convenio nos compromete como Instituto y como formadores en la realización de un Curso de Formación para Profesores ELE, catalogado dentro de la Universidad como curso de extensión universitaria, orientado a profesores de castellano y/o traductores con al menos alguna experiencia en el área... Este curso de extensión comenzará aproximadamente en marzo-abril, para  terminar en julio-agosto del 2001. Las vacantes que se ofrecen son muy limitadas, por lo que procederemos a realizar una lista de pre-inscripción y compromiso.  
Pablo Alejo Carrasco  
Presidente CENTUM Servicios de Idiomas" 
For additional information, please contact Prof. Carrasco to  011-4328-2384/5 or
011-4328-5150 or mail to
Lately we have become more concerned about the  ADD _ Attention Deficit Disorder_ and the widespread treatment of such pathology with ritalin,  
as cases of children and adolescents suffering from this disorder seem to multiply in our classrooms.
The following is a selection links to websites  that discuss  some of the issues and impacts of using ritalin for Attention Deficit Disorder:

Is Ritalin Raising Kids to Be Drug Addicts?<>

Students, College and the Impacting Forces: Some Studies About Influences on Students Academic Performance.
The Hazards of Treating "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" with Methylphenidate (Ritalin). The Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, Vol. 10(2) 1995, pp. 55-72
The Ritalin revolution. Parents and professionals are taking a second look at the drug, hailed in the '80s for controlling 'too active' children.
A Diagnosis Excess? A Lawsuit Alleges Attention Deficit Disorder Is
Lawmakers hear stories of Ritalin overuse. Reported problems include children selling it, educators stealing it from schools
Legal Battle Over Ritalin Heats Up
High-Profile Lawyers Allege a Conspiracy Against Children
Ritalin's Redemption. Since 1990, prescriptions for methylphenidate,
known as Ritalin, have increased more than 60 percent, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Large National Study Says Drug Works
Is Ritalin Right For Kids?
Ritalin: How Does it Work? New Research From Duke shows a connection between Ritalin, Serotonin and ADHD
Ritalin Web Sites
This list was compliled by  David Dillard of Temple University and published in
Diversity University Collaboratory Mailing List (DUC)  and sent to us by our dear SHARER
Gloria Ferrari, gloriaf@radar, .
As David Dillard says in his posting to DUC : " None of the above is meant to constitute my providing medical, legal or pychological advice or counseling "
We make his words ours and hope this list of links might arouse the interest of our SHARERS to get more information on what seems to be a typical disease of 
our times.  


 Our dear friend and SHARER Ana Jordán wrote to us at the end of December:

Dear Omar and Marina,  

How are you surviving the heat in the last strech of the year?  Hope you are both well. I would like to ask you to include this information about the "UNL Licenciatura" in the next Share. Thanks a lot.
Hope you have a good holiday!!  We all deserve one, don't we? Wish you both
and the kids a lovely Xmas and a wonderful new year!
Dear Colleagues,
In 1998, the Universidad Nacional del Litoral decided to start the Programa
de Carreras a Término in response to the increasing demand of non-university
tertiary graduates to upgrade their degrees.The UNL launched the Ciclos de Licenciatura, a  programme which obtained final approval through Resolution No 330/99 of the Ministry of Culture and Education. 
The course of studies is organised into three four-month modules and a
dissertation on the basis of 11 seminars with fortnightly meetings.
The success of the first edition has gone well beyond the initial expectations. In the taught modality, there are two groups of 90 students who are on their way to obtaining their 'licenciatura' degrees. One of these groups has completed the 11 seminars and is now working on their final tesina.
There are another 105 students who have enrolled in the distance learning scheme. And now, through an agreement signed with "Prebítero Sáenz" College of Education, UNL is offering its "Ciclo de Licenciatura en Inglés"  taught modality  in Lomas de Zamora, group 2. The course is open to Teachers and Translators.
If you are interested, please contact:
Dr. Martín Ignacio Izaguirre - Technical Coordinator
Phone:(0342) 4575105 ext. 121 & 227
Fax:  (0342)-4575200   
Prof. Anne Jordan - Academic Committee UNL / ISP "Pbro. Sáenz"
Phone    (011) 4292-8941 /  4244 - 3396
Post:  Sáenz 740  (1832) Lomas de Zamora, Pcia. de Bs. As.
Our dear SHARER  Maria Minghetti from Pila, Provincia de Buenos Aires has sent us this beautiful poem by Deborah Norville
I don't want to sleep tonight
I don't want to sleep tonight
There's a monster in my room
He waits until the lights go out
And fills the room with gloom.
In my dreams I see him hide,
In the bunk above my bed.
I wish that he would go away
And play somewhere else instead
He sneaks down the ladder
And crawls in bed with me.
He tickles behind my ears
And pinches me on my knee.
When I squeeze my eyes real tight
To make these monster disappear
They only seem to multiply,
There are fifty now, I fear!
The visitors are so scary
That I try to run away
But that monster, he holds me down
And in the bed stay.
My Daddy says my dreams
Are just movies in my head
But this movie's not for me at all,
I want happy dreams instead.
On those quiet days
When I've sat and read my books,
I go to sleep in quiet peace
No monster dirty looks!
There are other evenings, too,
When I've painted model cars,
Those monster must have struck a truce
For all I saw were stars
The moon was my companion
There was no sense of dread
And when I drifted off to sleep,
I saw candy canes instead.
When I don't play my video games
Or watch the TV set
I know my dreams will be so sweet
I makes me wish for sleep, you bet.
For when I close my eyes those nights
I find that I will see
A world of chocolate rivers
With fields of candy trees.
Or a place with friendly ponies
All corralled and ready to ride,
Or a bike with cool accessories,
Or those skates I've never tried.

Thank you, Mariqui for your contribution ... and the momories it brought!!


Our Mexican colleague, Lic. Javier O. Fuentes Ordoñez, Jefe del Dpto de Idiomas de la Universidad Cristobal Colón de Mexico sent us information about the
XV Foro de 
Especialistas Universitarios en Lenguas Extranjeras (FEULE) that will be held in the city of Veracruz from 22nd to 24th March 2001.  

The theme of this 15th FEULE will be   "Globalización y su impacto en la Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras" and Congress will include the following areas: Foreign Languages, Aboriginal Languages,Teacher Education,Translation and Applied Linguistics

For more information, please contact Lic. Javier Fuentes Ordoñez .

As Javier says in his message " Esperamos sinceramente contar con tu participación que sin duda contribuirá a que las experiencias que se generen en este espacio sean de gran utilidad y contribuyan a la mejora de las habilidades y  el enriquecimiento de los conocimientos como docente de idiomas o áreas afines de todos los ahí presentes. Esperamos poder conocerte personalmente para darte la más cordial bienvenida a la Ciudad y Puerto de Veracruz en donde estamos seguros disfrutarás de la hospitalidad Jarocha".


A dear SHARER from Mendoza, Fabián Peluempo sends us this list of newly coined proverbs : 

C:\ is the root of all directories.

A journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click.

You can't teach a new mouse old clicks.

What boots up must come down.

Anywhere you hang your @ is home.

Too many clicks spoil the browse.

Don't byte off more than you can view.

The geek shall inherit the earth.

Fax are stranger than fiction.

 Virtual reality is its own reward.

A user and his leisure time are easily parted.

Oh, what a tangled website we weave when first we practise.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to use The Net and he won't bother you for weeks.

Thank you for your contribution, Fabián.  


Our dear SHARER, Martin Inthamoussú, teacher at Instituto Cultural Anglo- Uruguayo and freelance trainer at different institutions in Montevideo offers
workshops to study different aspects of the methodology in the teaching of English as a foreign language to adults (16+).
He usually runs these workshops and courses at private schools and language institutes. Each course is divided into ten modules ( one per month).

As an example, we include some details of Module 1 " How to be a hit with your students" . A workshop designed for teachers or practicing teachers of English who want to apply songs and music videos in their lessons.

It will touch on many aspects of teaching listening skills though music. It will include: Tuning in activities, Pronunciation Work, TPR Activities, Vocabulary, Grammar, Word Building, Creative Writing and Picture based activities

Should you require more information or clarification, do not hesitate to contact Martin by phone: (02) 203.75.39/ 099 166417 or by e-mail: 
Macmillan Heinemann and Advice Bookshop announce Omar´s Tour of Santa Fé,
Entre Ríos, Corrientes, Misiones, Chaco and Formosa :
by Prof. OmarVillarreal 
Is it a just a question of possessing the right teaching strategies or the  necessary conservation instinct ?
How to make the most of those 40 minute lessons with around 40 teenagers
in Secondary School (EGB3 and Polimodal).
This lecture will be illustrated with practical and concrete applications for the "real" classroom.  
Monday 12th  February  
POSADAS, Misiones      Facultad de  Formación Docente   9:00  a 12:00 hs
CORRIENTES                Instituto Privado San José          17:00 a 20:00 hs
Tuesday 12th  February         
RESISTENCIA, Chaco    Sala Telecom                               9:00   a 12:00 hs
SAENZ PEÑA, Chaco       Instituto Juan Mantovani             17:00 a 20:00 hs
Wednesday 14th February  
FORMOSA                         Colegio Privado "Alas"               9:00 a 12:00 hs
RCONQUISTA, Sta Fé      Escuela de Comercio                  17:00 a 20:00 hs
Thursday 15th February
SAN JUSTO, Sta Fé          Escuela Normal Nro 1                9:00 a 12:00 hs
RAFAELA, Sta Fé               Escuela Medio 429                     17:00 a 20:00 hs
Friday 16th February         
SAN FRANCISCO, Cba      Colegio Superior "San Martín"    9:00 a 12:00 hs
VICTORIA, Entre Ríos      Inst. Privado "John Kennedy"      17:00 a 20:00 hs
Saturday 17th February         
PARANÁ                            Escuela Provincial 109                  9:00 a 12:00 hs
Registration :  All events are admission free                            
For the events in Posadas, Corrientes, Resistencia and Roque Saenz Peña   
Advice Corrientes- Mendoza 429 - 03783-436034
For the events in Reconquista -San Justo:  
Advice Santa Fé - Avda San Martín 3031 - 0342-4533392                                 
For the event in Rafaela 
Advice Rafaela  -  Brown 239 - 03492- 430852
For the event in San Francisco 
Librería Collino - San Luís 99 -  03564- 432659
For the events in Victoria and Paraná .
Advice Paraná - 26 de Junio 214 - 0343-4316100
Wednesday 21st February     
CONCORDIA, Entre Ríos    Escuela "Crear"                        9:00 a 12:00 hs
CHAJARÍ, Entre Ríos         Complejo Educativo Multinivel   17:00 a 20:00 hs
Thursday 22nd February          
GUALEGUAYCHU, E.R         Inst Prof. "Sedes Sapientiae"   9:00 a 12:00 hs
VILAGUAY, Entre Ríos        Escuela Normal Superior          17:00 a 20:00 hs
Friday 23rd February     
SANTA FE                          Advice Summer Seminar
Registration :  All events are admission free                            
For the event in Villaguay
Advice Paraná - 26 de Junio 214 - 0343-4316100
For the events in Concordia, Chajarí and Gualeguaychú 
Advice Concordia - San Luís 594 - 0345-4216604


For details on Omar´s Presentation in Rosario and his tour of Provincia de Buenos
Aires in March, please contact (011)4711- 5111 extension 125 or e.mail to :
Time to say goodbye. This time we will let our dear SHARER Lily Alpert to speak for us. Here´s her parting blessing which we wanted to  SHARE with all of you.  
Dear Marina and Omar:
A great warm hug from a silent SHARER who has not had time up to now, to contact and thank you for all the great things  we have all been able to share thanks to your e-mail newsletter. I hope you will find a small space so I can share this wonderful blessing.
Lilly Alpert
May the road rise
up to meet you
May the wind be
always at your back.
May the sun shine
warm upon your face
May the rains fall
soft upon your fields
and until we meet again
May God hold you      
in the palm of his hand.               
An olde Irish blessing
Omar and Marina

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