An Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina
Number 46 February
of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will
not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being
A new year. Year 3 for SHARE!! Back from our
holidays...it´s hot and sticky and rainy (God
knows it is! ) but
we could wait no longer. We wanted to
writing SHARE again . And it feels so good!
"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.
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
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.
3.- Your computer melted
down? Great!4.- New
6.- Bernieh´s Corner : How the Queen has
7.- ELE: Español como lengua
8.- Atention Deficit Disorder (
9.- News from Universidad del
10.-I don´t want to sleep tonight.
11.- Congress in Mexico.
12- Proverbs for the New
13.-Courses in Uruguay.
14.-Omar´s Tour of the Litoral.
1.- RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW
dear SHARER from Córdoba Capital, Christian Duarte Varela, email@example.com sends us
what he calls "a very special recipe by an unknown author".
twelve whole months.
them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy.
them just as fresh and clean as possible.
each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or thirty-one different parts, but don't make up the whole
batch at once.
it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
well into each day one part of faith, one part of patience, one part of
courage, and one part of work.
each day one part of hope, faithfulness, generosity, and
with one part prayer, one part meditation, and one good deed.
the whole with a dash of good spirits, a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play, and a cupful of
all of this into a vessel of love.
thoroughly over radiant joy, garnish with a smile, and serve
with quietness, unselfishness, and cheerfulness.
bound to have a happy new year. "
We´ve already printed it out and placed it in our new diary.
makes a nice present too. We translated it and sent a copy to some of our
2.- PERU TESOL
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
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
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
activities which improve the language skills are solicited. Interactive
formats for presenting information to participants are encouraged.
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 Tesoler1@amauta.rcp.net.pe
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 2001.3.-
YOUR COMPUTER MELTED DOWN? GREAT !
Our dear friend and SHARER Bethina
Viale from Rosario, firstname.lastname@example.org sent us this
wonderful piece for reflection "Disguised Blessings" by Joseph B. Walker:
"There is a place where modern technological
conveniences go to die.
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
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,
is what really matters.
At least, that's what my wife Anita
"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
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
"What about losing the washing
machine at the same time?" I asked.
"Was that a blessing,
"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
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
"And what about our computer
melt-down?" I asked. "What's the
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
"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
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
"You know -- what you're doing," I
said. "Finding the blessing in the
"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."
Worth giving it a thought, don´t you think? Thank you, Bethina and
keep on SHARING.
SHARER Cecilia Bravo de Infante, email@example.com writes to us :
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 :
Ma. Novasio de Bagli
Presidente: Ana Agüero de Renner
Cecilia Bravo de Infante
Susana Muxi de Touriño
tesorera: Adela Michemberg de Kunst
titular 1° Alba Abregú de Salomón
titular 2° Isabel Gonzalez de Quaglia
suplente 1° Emma Figueroa de Campos
suplente 2° Ma. Rosa Morales de Salvador
Revisora de Cuentas
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.
hug from your friends in Santiago del Estero."
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 !
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?
subscribe send a blank e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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..
around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed
a project failed and who was
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.
minuscule fraction of time in which realize that you've
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"
BERNIEH´S CORNER : HOW THE QUEEN HAS CHANGED
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
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 bit...fly...dishonest. That's what the
market research boys say
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
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
A Happy Christmas tew you
Humberto Banega (h)
email@example.com | English Teaching/Learning, see http://bernieh.com.ar
ELE : ESPAÑOL COMO LENGUA EXTRANJERA
SHARER , Ana Maria Rossi de Bergel, firstname.lastname@example.org
forwards a message from
the President of Centum to us. Here is an excerpt of that message :
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
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.
Servicios de Idiomas"
additional information, please contact Prof. Carrasco
to 011-4328-2384/5 or
or mail to email@example.com
8.- ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER (ADD)
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
The following is a selection links to
websites that discuss some of the issues and impacts of
using ritalin for Attention Deficit
Is Ritalin Raising Kids to Be Drug Addicts?<http://www.eagleforum.org/column/2000/june00/00-06-21.html>
Students, College and the Impacting
Forces: Some Studies About Influences on Students
The Hazards of Treating
"Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" with Methylphenidate
(Ritalin). The Journal of College Student
Psychotherapy, Vol. 10(2) 1995, pp.
The Ritalin revolution.
professionals are taking a second look at the drug, hailed in the '80s for
controlling 'too active' children.
Lawsuit Alleges Attention Deficit Disorder Is
Lawmakers hear stories of Ritalin
overuse. Reported problems include children
selling it, educators stealing it from
Legal Battle Over Ritalin Heats
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
Large National Study Says Drug
Is Ritalin Right For
Ritalin: How Does it Work? New Research From Duke
shows a connection between Ritalin, Serotonin and
This list was compliled
by David Dillard of Temple University and
Diversity University Collaboratory
Mailing List (DUC)
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
FROM UNIVERSIDAD DEL LITORAL
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
both well. I would like to ask you to include this information about the
Licenciatura" in the next Share. Thanks a lot.
Hope you have a good holiday!! We all deserve one, don't we? Wish you
kids a lovely Xmas and a wonderful new year!
1998, the Universidad Nacional del Litoral decided to start the
Carreras a Término in response to the increasing demand of
tertiary graduates to upgrade their
UNL launched the Ciclos de Licenciatura, a programme which obtained final approval
through Resolution No 330/99 of the
Ministry of Culture and
course of studies is organised into three four-month modules and
dissertation on the basis of
with fortnightly meetings.
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.
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.
is open to Teachers and Translators.
are interested, please contact:
Ignacio Izaguirre - Technical
Phone:(0342) 4575105 ext. 121 &
Anne Jordan - Academic
Committee UNL / ISP "Pbro.
Phone (011) 4292-8941 / 4244 - 3396
Post: Sáenz 740 (1832) Lomas de Zamora, Pcia. de Bs.
10.- I DON´T WANT TO SLEEP
Our dear SHARER Maria
Minghetti from Pila, Provincia de Buenos Aires has sent us this beautiful poem
I don't want to sleep
I don't want to sleep
There's a monster in my
He waits until the lights go
And fills the room with
In my dreams I see him
In the bunk above my
I wish that he would go
And play somewhere else
He sneaks down the
And crawls in bed with
He tickles behind my
And pinches me on my
When I squeeze my eyes real
To make these monster
They only seem to
There are fifty now, I
The visitors are so
But that monster, he holds me down
Are just movies in my
But this movie's not for me at
I want happy dreams
When I've sat and read my
I go to sleep in quiet
There are other evenings,
When I've painted model
Those monster must have struck a
The moon was my
There was no sense of
And when I drifted off to
I saw candy canes
When I don't play my video
I know my dreams will be so
I makes me wish for sleep, you
For when I close my eyes those
A world of chocolate
With fields of candy
Or a place with friendly
All corralled and ready to
Or a bike with cool
Or those skates I've never
Thank you, Mariqui for
your contribution ... and the momories it brought!!
CONGRESS IN MEXICO
Mexican colleague, Lic. Javier O. Fuentes Ordoñez, Jefe del Dpto de Idiomas
de la Universidad Cristobal Colón de Mexico sent us information about the
Foro de Especialistas
Universitarios en Lenguas Extranjeras (FEULE) that will be held in the city
of Veracruz from 22nd to 24th March 2001.
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
For more information, please contact Lic. Javier Fuentes
Ordoñez firstname.lastname@example.org .
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".
12.- PROVERBS FOR THE NEW
dear SHARER from Mendoza, Fabián Peluempo email@example.com sends us this list
of newly coined proverbs :
C:\ is the root of all
A journey of a thousand sites
begins with a single
You can't teach a new mouse old
What boots up must come
Anywhere you hang your @ is
Too many clicks spoil the
Don't byte off more than you can
The geek shall inherit the
Fax are stranger than
Virtual reality is its own
A user and his leisure time are
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
Thank you for your contribution, Fabián.
13.- COURSES IN URUGUAY
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
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
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
Should you require more information or clarification, do not
hesitate to contact Martin by phone: (02) 203.75.39/ 099 166417 or by
OMAR´S TOUR OF THE LITORAL
Macmillan Heinemann and Advice
Bookshop announce Omar´s Tour of Santa Fé,
Entre Ríos, Corrientes, Misiones, Chaco and Formosa :
TEACHING 40 IN 40 MINUTES : JUST A QUESTION
OF STRATEGIES ?
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
School (EGB3 and Polimodal).
This lecture will
be illustrated with practical and
concrete applications for the "real" classroom.
Misiones Facultad de Formación
Docente 9:00 a 12:00 hs
Privado San José 17:00 a
RESISTENCIA, Chaco Sala
a 12:00 hs
SAENZ PEÑA, Chaco Instituto Juan
Mantovani 17:00 a
Wednesday 14th February
9:00 a 12:00 hs
RCONQUISTA, Sta Fé Escuela de
17:00 a 20:00 hs
Thursday 15th February
SAN JUSTO, Sta Fé
Escuela Normal Nro
9:00 a 12:00 hs
17:00 a 20:00 hs
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
9:00 a 12:00 hs
Registration : All events are admission
For the events in Posadas, Corrientes, Resistencia and Roque Saenz
Advice Corrientes- Mendoza 429 - 03783-436034
For the events in Reconquista -San
Advice Santa Fé - Avda San
Martín 3031 -
For the event in Rafaela
Advice Rafaela - Brown 239 -
For the event in San Francisco
Librería Collino - San Luís 99 -
For the events in Victoria and Paraná
Advice Paraná - 26 de Junio 214 -
CONCORDIA, Entre Ríos Escuela
9:00 a 12:00 hs
Educativo Multinivel 17:00 a 20:00 hs
Inst Prof. "Sedes Sapientiae" 9:00 a 12:00 hs
Ríos Escuela Normal
Superior 17:00 a 20:00
Friday 23rd February
Advice Summer Seminar
Registration : All events are
event in Villaguay
Paraná - 26 de Junio 214 - 0343-4316100
events in Concordia, Chajarí and Gualeguaychú
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
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.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK
Omar and Marina
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