A PROPOS OF THE TOOLS FOR
TEACHERS WINTER COURSE
Readers of SHARE will by now have read in
the previous issue, about the Winter Course to be held in Buenos Aires on July
19 and 20 and the session on personal growth (MINDING THE BODY, MINDING THE
SOUL) on the previous day, July 18.
A propos of the whole day session on July
18, I have been asked questions such as whether any previous yoga experience is
needed, or what is meant by touching as a way of healing.
The answer to the first question is that
no previous yoga experience is necessary. The yoga asanas, which are only
a part of the course, will be offered at different levels of difficulty, and in
agreement with the yoga philosophy, each participant will go only as far as
he/she is able to go.
The second question requires a more
elaborate answer, which, I'm afraid may exceed the limits of this message.
Still, in what follows I will do my best.
Practically all of us are surely
familiar with the experience of touching or being touched to give or receive
comfort, when we are in pain or when we want to express love or affection
towards someone. This way of touching is spontaneous and requires no training.
However, over and above the innate gift of touch that we all have, there are
techniques that can be used by most people to bring
about relaxation, and at least some relief from pain in the receiver. It is some
of these techniques that we will begin to explore on Sunday 18,
as a learning
experience, and as a small step in our journey. Nevertheless, I would like to
make it clear that technique is not enough, and that our workshop is not
about massage. We want to go beyond the technique and explore new territories,
becoming fully aware that we have a body, but we are not a body.
much more than that, but on this earthly existence we want to honour our body,
since this is the means used by our soul to manifest itself! Touching from that
perspective is something sacred and beautiful, which does not mean it cannot be
lighthearted and fun. In fact, it had better be, so that it can bring joy to the
giver and receiver and thus make him/her whole--the true meaning of
I have been exploring the field of body
work (different kinds of massage) for some time now, and am constantly reminding
myself of the parallelism between learning and teaching a foreign
language. I still remember my first experience touching a body and how I had no
idea how to raise a leg, how to stretch an arm, how to rock a body, to give but
a few examples. It really was like learning an entirely new
language. I could point out the similarities, I
could talk about perception of wholes, about chunking, drilling (they
call it getting it in the muscle)and most of all making sense of
it. I learned from some brilliant teachers, and
others that were rather inept, and I wondered in which category
as a language teacher I fell into. Oh yes, being a learner of the
language of the body is a wonderful experience, and precisely because
it seems to be so remote from the concerns of the foreign language teacher, I
would strongly recommend it.
I hope I have now given you at least a
glimpse of what is meant by touching as a way of healing.
As for the academic part of the WINTER
COURSE, there have been a few changes, and I would like to bring them to
your attention: we will be starting at 10:30 both on Monday and Tuesday rather
than at 10:00, to give time to those who live outside Capital Federal to arrive
The topics to be covered will
Monday, July 19
10:30 to 13:00 Correcting Errors: A
14:00 TO 17:00 Visualize to
Tuesday, July 20
10:30 to 13:00 Empowering students to
become better learners
14:00 to 17:00 Colloquial English as heard
on TV sitcoms
I am delighted to report that English
& Fun will be joining us on Monday afternoon during our coffee break and
will be offering a thirty minute session on games.
Tuesday afternoon, at the end of the academic session, AQA (Assessment and
Qualifications Alliance) will be joining us for a short session on
MINDING THE BODY, MINDING THE SOUL, 10:00
All sessions are given by
Oriel E. Villagarcia,
in Linguistics for English Language Teaching, University of
Lancaster, Master Practitioner of NLP, Certificate of Completion, NLP
University, Santa Cruz, California, Certified Administrator of the MBTI,
Florida, Certified Practitioner of Breema, Oakland, California, Fulbright and
British Council Scholar. Oriel has taught at the Catholic University of Salta,
National University of Rio Cuarto and National University of Santiago del Estero
and is co-founder of ASPI (Asocociación Salteña de
Profesores de Inglés) and FAAPI (Federación Argentina de Asociaciones de
Profesores de Inglés).
For the academic sessions on July 19 and
20: SBS Palermo, Coronel Diaz 1747, Capital Federal.
For the personal growth session on July 18:
Gascón 1681, Capital Federal
Each academic session is $20, any three $50 and all four
$60. The personal growth session is $30 and no discounts
To ensure a seat, register in advance
personally at any of the SBS bookshops (addresses at www.sbs.com.ar).
that given that vacancies are limited we cannot reserve your seat unless you
have paid for it.
If for any
reasons you missed the issue of SHARE previous to this one where the whole
program was presented email email@example.com
to get a brief abstract of the subjects to be covered.
Lastly, I take this opportunity to thank
SHARE for spreading the news about this innovative event, and look forward to
seeing a number of you during the TOOLS FOR TEACHERS WINTER
Our dear SHARER Laura Szmuch writes to us:
" I work in a company, and my students
are so stressed that I can hardly teach them English."
"The manager I teach
on Fridays works from 7 am to 9 pm almost everyday. I feel terrible
because it is impossible for me to do my job. When I get to his office,
the last thing she wants to do is learn English."
"The kids in the school I
work for are so lazy....well, I guess they are tired..I don't know....I don't
seem to be able to find a way to reach them, to do something which is worth both
my and their time."
"Managing discipline, marking, evaluations, the
housework, my family........ is too much. I wish I could find a way
to get energy from....I don't know where...."
These are typical comments
we hear from teachers these days. Fuelled by a great sense of
responsibility, most teachers don't allow themselves to stop and reflect about
their own lives and professions. They complain about overworked students
who literally live for their jobs and nothing else than that, and most of them
don't notice that , in fact, they are speaking about themselves.
always say, ours is a profession of giving. What do we get in exchange for
the job we do? We receive a salary, it's true. Whether it is high or
low is not important. The important thing is how we feel about the fact
that sometimes we can't see the results of what we do, or we have so many blocks
on the road that teaching becomes "Mission Impossible". We have been
trained to teach, not to solve other people's problems or work as
therapists. The great frustration stems from the fact that sometimes we
are not doing what we really want to be doing. Reality is different from
the ideal situations we imagined in Teacher Training College.
As we know
from NLP presuppositions, the only thing we can change or influence directly is
ourselves. What happens in our jobs will continue to happen. And the
decision here is ours: shall we continue to feel that suffocating sensation that
we are merely surviving or shall we start to do things in the direction of
thriving? For things to change, we must change. There are so many
things we can do to "sharpen our tools", to reduce our own
anxiety, to break
and breathe, to relax, to enjoy our lives and our jobs a lot more, to establish
meaningful contact with our students, to become aware that we are important and
the best thing we can do is to look after ourselves properly. Before
Mother Teresa (at that time, Sister Teresa) started her Mission of
Charity, she worked so much for the poor that she became very ill. The
nurse that helped her taught her a very important lesson: "To be useful to
others, first you must learn to take care of yourself. You need a lot of
discipline: at least three good meals a day, plenty of rest and one free day a
week. If you are not in a good physical, mental and spiritual condition,
you can't help anyone else."
When I read the nurse's wise words several
years ago, I realized that I myself needed to learn all that. Of
what use could I be for my students if I was tired all the time, or with a
strong desire to be somewhere else? I discovered that a good teacher needs
high quality time for herself, and both her body and soul have to be nurtured,
as well as the mind. The point is that sometimes we think we are only a mind and
we tend to forget about the other two........If you have ever felt that there is
more to life than what you can perceive now, stop, breathe and do something
about it. Change your level of awareness. Open your
perspective. Smile an inner smile. Learn to shine. Change the
idea of surviving for the amazingly beautiful notion of thriving. Enjoy
life. Share. Meditate. Express your love. Flow. Connect. Radiate.
Shine. Stretch. Look up.
Give your soul a Spa.
A Spa for your Soul
This 3-day NLP course is
designed to provide participants with:
Ideas to organise their time and
activities in a functional way
Close examination to their beliefs and values
in connection with their personal and professional life
for goal setting
How to deal with stress (their own stress
and their students')
Visualisation and relaxation techniques
in behaviour that foster good communication
Suggestions on how
to capitalise from the positive aspects of their
Laura Szmuch is a graduate of INSP
"JVGonzález", and Master Practitioner and Trainer in NLP. She applies NLP
to her English teaching in her studio in Capital Federal. She is the
co-founder of Resourceful Teaching and together with Jamie Duncan, produces a
fortnightly e-zine called RTNews. She has written "Aprendiendo Inglés, y
disfrutando el proceso", and co-authored "Really Thriving" of forthcoming
This special course will take place in Gallardo 719,
Ciudad de Buenos Aires (not Angel
Date: July 29, 30 and 31
Time: Morning: from 10 to 13 -
Afternoon: from 14:30 to 17:30
Very Limited Vacancies (Small group
For registration contact : Laura Szmuch - Resourceful Teaching -
Gallardo 719 (1408) Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
9.- TEACHING ENGLISH TO
VERY YOUNG LEARNERS
dear SHARERS from Leeds School of English have sent us this
A to Z of English Teaching in Kindergarten and the First Three
designed for teachers in kindergarten and the first
21 (9 a.m. to 14 p.m.)
$ 50 / $ 45 for Students from
College and teachers from state-run Schools.
Language Acquisition. How to deal with phonological and structural
Routines, Activities for the development of the oral skills: songs, rhymes,
dramatization, games, riddles and story-telling. The use of verbs. How to
reading and writing. Testing at this level. How to make the most of the English
lesson through practice in the multimedia lab.
further information contact
1686, Capital Federal - Tel: 4783 4414 / 4788 5052 –
TERCER ENCUENTRO DE PROFESORES Y TRADUCTORES DE
Our dear SHARER Patricia Tanke Paz has sent us this
Departamento de Lenguas de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad
Católica Argentina y el Centro de
Graduados en Lenguas Vivas anuncian la realización del Tercer Encuentro de
Profesores y Traductores de Inglés, bajo el lema "Dimensiones actuales de los
profesionales de la Lengua Inglesa".
y Fecha: Auditorio Santa Cecilia,
Edificio San Alberto
Magno. (Alicia M. de
Justo 1500. Puerto Madero- Capital.
de agosto (Encuentro para profesores)
de agosto (Encuentro para traductores)
21 de agosto: Encuentro de Profesores
Breves palabras a cargo de la Directora del Departamento y de la Presidente del Centro de
a 10.15: Exposición:
role-play activities for adult learners"
Ana María Bozzi de Bergel
games a serious matter?"
Painting with all the colours of the wind"
y Entrega de Certificados.
de agosto: Encuentro de Traductores
Breves palabras a cargo de la Directora del Departamento y de la Presidente del Centro de
a 10.15: Exposición:
y Tecnología: la dupla perfecta para un trabajo más eficaz y
Gabriela Alejandra Gonzalez
Mercado Internacional de la Traducción"
T.P. Aurora Matilde
y Valores de los Fundamentos de la Traducción"
Silvia Kenny de Cavanagh
Entrega de Certificados.
entrada para cada jornada tendrá un costo de $ 10.
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras – Contacto: Prof. María Magdalena
Edificio San Alberto Magno, Puerto Madero - Avda. Alicia
Moreau de Justo 1500, PB
Tel. (54 11) 4349-0200 int. 822 - Fax (54 11)
4349-0200 int. 444
Atención de Lunes a Viernes de 10 a 13 y de 17 a 19 hs.
11- ENGLISH IMMERSION
Our dear SHARER Pierre Stapley has
sent us this message:
Stapley Educational Services organises
3-day English Immersion Colonies for schools and institutes in the Hills of
Cordoba near the town of Mina Clavero. All colonies have a native speaker,
either from the UK or from the USA, depending on your choice. We organise
everything: transport from Buenos Aires, accommodation, food and the colony
The cabin resort has fully equipped cabins and boasts a swimming
pool with a fantastic view over the valley. Transport from Buenos Aires is with
Chevallier's "coche-cama" service to ensure a higher standard of safety.
If you're a head of an institute or school and are interested in
organising your own colony, then please feel free to call Pierre on
011-4259-6632 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org I'd be more than
happy to meet you personally to explain about the colonies and answer any
questions you may have. Further information about the colonies and previous
events can be seen at www.stapley.com.ar/colony
DE TEATRO - "EXPRESSÃO E DESINIBIÇÃO"
Our dear SHARER and friend Joicede Brito e
Cunha wants to SHARE this piece of information:
de Teatro - "Expressão e Desinibição"
Joice de Brito e Cunha
o apoio do Instituto Cultural Brasileiro
Norte-Americano, Companheiros Das Américas, e VSA Indiana,
Oficina direcionada a pessoas portadoras de deficiência visual.
Objetivos - oportunizar crescimento pessoal e desenvolvimento da expressão
artística através do teatro, desenvolvendo também a capacidade de interação em
grupo, expressão verbal e corporal, projeção vocal e dicção, favorecendo a
capacidade de falar em público, a
auto-estima e a desinibição.
Serão desenvolvidos exercícios de sensibilização, improvisação, expressão
corporal, projeção vocal e articulação, técnicas de interpretação e criação de
A oficina terá a duração de 24 horas, que serão desenvolvidas às sextas feiras
(3 horas diárias) de 20 de agosto a 8 de outubro/2004.
Horário: das 17:00 às 20:00 hs.
Local: Auditório do Instituto Cultural Brasileiro Norte-Americano - Rua Riachuelo 1257,
Centro, Porto Alegre.
Inscrições no local mediante uma contribuição de R$ 50,00 (todos os recursos
recolhidos serão utilizados para custos de produção).
Vagas limitadas - 16 participantes.
Informações: Cultural: 3225-2255 -
de Brito e Cunha graduou-se como professora de inglês pela PUCRS em 1972 e
leciona no Instituto Cultural Brasileiro Norte-Americano desde 1974. Fundou o
DRAMA CLUB em 1989 e o coordena desde então. É também atriz e diretora teatral,
tendo participado profissionalmente de mais de 20 peças teatrais. Tem ministrado
"workshops" sobre o Uso de Técnicas de Teatro no Ensino de Inglês em diversos
seminários no Brasil e também na
Argentina e Uruguai.
dois prêmios: um de poesia em 1978 "Apesul Revelação Literária" e outro, o
troféu "Tibicuera" como melhor atriz de teatro infantil de
também "bonequeira" e trabalhou em programas infantis em duas estações de TV
locais (TV Guaíba e TV Educativa).
1997, a convite do Cultural, fez um curso em Cambridge, Inglaterra sobre
"Programação Neurolingüística e o Cérebro Criativo". É também "Practitioner" em
Programação Neurolingüística pelo "Centro Sul-Brasileiro de Programação
Neurolingüística", coordenado pelo Dr. Nelson Spritzer, onde cursa atualmente o
nível "Master Practitioner".
janeiro/fevereiro de 2004, esteve 3
semanas em quatro diferentes cidades em Indiana (USA), onde, por ocasião do seu
projeto: "DRAMA IN LANGUAGE TEACHING AND AS A TOOL FOR PERSONAL GROWTH",
proferiu palestras e aulas em várias instituições educacionais, ligadas ao
ensino de Artes para o desenvolvimento de pessoas com necessidades especiais.
Este projeto é parte do programa "Teacher in residence" patrocinado pelos Companheiros Das
Américas e pelo Instituto Cultural Brasileiro Norte-Americano.
Profesores de Inglés de Buenos Aires announces their forthcoming Special
Interest Groups Meetings:
July 3rd – 10.00 -
Saturday August 28th
2.00 pm - 5.00
|Instituto Polimodal “Arzobispo Jorge
Matulaitis" Brasil 835 -
Theory & Literature (La Plata) |
(2 sessions of 1 hour 15’, with a 30’
Cultural “Islas Malvinas “ Calle 50 entre 19 y 20 – La
July 3rd –11.15 -
Inglesa de Buenos Aires (CIBA). Viamonte 1475.
& Cultural Studies |
|Cultural Inglesa de Buenos Aires (CIBA).
Language Teaching (Bernal) |
10.00 - 12.00
Nro 24 Avellaneda 177,
Bernal, Prov. of B.A
Language Teaching (Lomas de Zamora) |
"Pbro Dr.Antonio Saenz", Calle Saenz 740, Lomas de Zamora, Prov. of
more information, contact: APIBA SIGs email@example.com
Hours: Mondays 10.30 to 12.30 pm (Librería Rodriguez- Sarmiento 835,
Wednesdays 10.30 to 12.30 (Librería KEL- M.T. de Alvear 1369,
Tel / Fax: (+54 11) 4326-3927
14- GOOD NEWS FROM
E-TEACHING ON LINE
dear SHARER Alicia López Oyhenart writes to us:
ww.e-teachingonline.com.ar --Issue #19-- 70,000!
are proud to announce that we have not only reached that impressive number of
people with our magonline but also permanently increased the amount of
subscribers to whom we remain sincerely grateful.
# 19 contains the usual mid-year EXAM ZONE with tests for all level classes and
mock exam practice. FILM ZONE has cool activities based on Shrek, Spider-man2,
The Firm and Richard III.
is a FRIENDS UNIT with activities, crafts & songs and Guest Writer James
Archer, creator of TPR, tells it as it is.
usual teacher Survival Corner with helpful tips and an outdated account of ELT
events and Training Courses.
announces its Winter Training Courses:
22 9:30 am"How to teach TOEFL and
help your students get top scores": the computer adaptive format will be
analysed and successful procedures examined. Attendants will be able to see a
Power Prep to evaluate exam material. A three-hour workshop Fees: $30= deposit Banco Rio Cta Cte:
187-370/2 ( See Venue below)
23: 9 to 11 - 11:30 to 1:30 ? THE LANGUAGE TEACHER 2004 CLINIC
four-hour language update. The course will explore :
humour to teach language. A lively workshop with loads of activities to help
your students understand sit coms, movies, songs, etc.
English teacher as a professional. What is it exactly?
training & teacher development. Why the distinction?
Resources of Y2003: How to use all the modern technological tools in the English
class: CDRoms, Word Processors, Internet, e-mail, Cable TV, newspapers on line
to help you motivate and teach.
the computer class. Presentation of great activities.
Literacy: why is it an essential life skill for today's young people.
language reviews and updates. We will deal with some of those current colourful
idioms and everyday expressions that brighten up your
$ 40= Form of payment: deposit Banco Rio Cta Cte: 187-370/2
Certificates of Attendance
: The New England School of English
Santa Fe 5130 Capital
4782-2582 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want
Alicia to visit your institution/city with these and/or other courses, contact
her and make arrangements.
Alicia López Oyhenart. A
graduate of the ISN Joaquín V. González, she specialized in English for Special
Purposes at Columbia University, New York. Co-author with Mabel Uranga of How?1
& 2 -Co- author with Celia Zubiri of Bessland Parts A & B-Kel Ediciones,
Co-Editor of E-teachingonline, the first activity magonline for E. teachers in
Argentina. A regular contributor to The Buenos Aires Herald (Education) since
1999 among a wide variety of teaching activities at Secondary and University
We would like
to finish this issue of SHARE with this quotation that Mariela Starc from
Nacional del Sur sent us:
there’s righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If
there’s beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is
harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. When there is order in
each nation, there will be peace in the world.”
isn´t it? But...who wrote it? Maybe we will have an answer for our next
Omar and Marina.
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