The Tools for Teachers Winter Workshops

July, 20—28, 2010



SBS Palermo, Coronel Diaz 1747, Ciudad de Buenos Aires
SBS Barrio Norte, Córdoba 1840, Ciudad de Buenos Aires  

SBS Martinez, Hipólito Irigoyen, 2801, Ciudad de Buenos Aires  

 SBS Belgrano, Juramento 2588, Ciudad de Buenos Aires  


Fees: $45 or $40 (students) for each three hour session. $76 or $69 (students) for any two sessions. Any three sessions $100, four sessions $120, five, six or the complete course $150. Please Note that All Sessions are Self Contained.

Credit cards accepted.


The schedule at a glance in chronological order. Please note that the same workshop is offered twice, except for Personality Types (which is a four hour session, but the fee is the same as the others). Details of PRE-REGISTRATION are given way down below.


Tues. 20/7, 10 to 13:      Contemporary Colloquial English  I         Barrio Norte

Tues. 20/7, 14 to 17:     Contemporary Colloquial English  II        Barrio Norte

Wed. 21/7, 10 to 13:      Really Practical Activities                            Palermo

Wed. 21/7, 14 to 17:      Bring Movement To The Classroom        Palermo

Thurs. 22/7, 10 to 13:    Vulgar English                                               Palermo

Thurs. 22/7, 14 to 17:    Pronunciation Traps                                    Barrio Norte

Friday, 23/7, 10 to 14:   Discovering Your Personality,                   Barrio Norte

Sat. 24/7, 10 to13:          Contemporary Colloquial English  I         Belgrano

Mond. 26/7, 10 to13:    Contemporary Colloquial English  II        Palermo

Mond. 26/7, 14 to 17:   Really Practical Activities                            Palermo

Tues. 27/7, 10 to 13:      Bring Movement To The Classroom        Barrio Norte

Wed. 28/7, 11 to 14:      Vulgar English                                               Martinez

Wed. 28/7, 15 to 18:      Pronunciation Traps                                    Martinez



Tuesday, July 20, 10:00 to 13:00 at SBS Barrio Norte or Saturday,July 24 at SBS Belgrano


Can you answer these questions?


If you were ragging on somebody what exactly would you be doing?

If I tell somebody knock yourself out am I asking them to become unconscious?

Is a slammer someone who slams?

If somebody gets canned, does he necessarily go to the can?

What is the difference between wait and wait up?

When would you say that somebody has some junk in their trunk?


You will find the answers to these questions and dozens of others in this workshop, which is based on an analysis of well over five hundred hours of recorded language of the American English variety as it is used in sitcoms and soap operas. This workshop highlights the substantial gap between the language the student is exposed to in most textbooks and colloquial, conversational English.


NB Please note that the immense majority of the expressions to be presented are well known in the United Kingdom and other English speaking countries.



Tuesday, July 20, 14:00 to 17:00 at SBS Barrio Norte or Monday, July 26, 10:00 to 13:00 at SBS Palermo


Test your knowledge of English at a really advanced level:

What sort of people are most likely to sashay?

What might be the point of sandbagging?

Does a bookmaker make books?

Does a home wrecker necessarily destroy the furniture in your house?


Can you complete the following:

He talks a blue…

The library is just a hop, a skip and a …..from here.

We think very much alike: we are on the same ……

That’s really stupid! That’s a lame ....... answer.


Following the spirit of previous TOOLS FOR TEACHERS language workshops, we will focus on lexical items, turns of phrase and idioms in contemporary English.

NB: You don’t need to have done COLLOQUIAL AMERICAN ENGLISH as announced above in order to do this one. All of our language workshops are self-contained.



Wednesday, July 21, 10:00 to 13:00 or Monday, July 26, 14:00 to 17:00 both at SBS PALERMO


This workshop will present a number of activities which participants will be able to use in their classrooms right away without the need of elaborate aids. We will explore ways to make our lessons more interesting, to encourage our students to be more creative, and to present information in a way which is memorable. We will make use of simple visual aids, traditional stories, and recall exercises, to develop an atmosphere conducive to effective learning. We will present activities such as The Johari Window, Snap, the disappearing sentence and the ever intriguing mental telepathy. This session is a revised version of Ideas That Work.



Wednesday, July 21, 14:00 to 17:00 at SBS Palermo, or Tuesday 27, 10:00 to 13:00 at SBS Barrio Norte


How would you like to use with your students simple, easy to show body movements to:


introduce, review and consolidate vocabulary

practice a wide variety of grammatical structures

encourage precision in the use of language

develop writing skills

foster creativity

enhance the students’ self-esteem

promote health and well being


This can be achieved when we use language to describe and carry out breathing exercises, gentle stretching, turning, twisting, and balancing movements. You will be adding an incredible resource to not only teach language—your primary aim—but to motivate your students and yourself, create good feelings and make the acquisition of language an enjoyable process. This workshop will tell you exactly how.


Participants will receive a generous handout with instructions on how to put the ideas presented into practice.



Thursday, July 22, 10:00 to 13:00 at SBS Palermo or Wednesday, July 28, 11:00 to 14:00 at SBS Martinez.


In this revised and updated version of a by now classic workshop we will explore areas of language not often covered even in advanced textbooks and find out:


The really offensive words in English

The changing nature of taboos

The hidden meaning of some innocent looking words

How euphemisms become taboo words

The multiplicity of uses of four letter words such as f***

Words and expressions which designate biological processes

Vulgar/impolite language often heard on TV

Which words English speakers favour when hurling insults


…and much more


Participants in this three hour workshop will receive a handout with exercises, an answer key and an annotated bibliography. They will also listen to a recording of a comedian talking about the seven words which you cannot use on the radio or TV.



Thursday, July 22, 14:00 to 17:00 at SBS Barrio Norte, or Wednesday, July 28, 15:00 to 18:00 at SBS Martinez.


Consider the following:

Are the word SEW and SO pronounced the same or different?

How many ways are there to sound the word BOW and what do they mean?

Do the letters EO represent the same sound in words such as LEOPARD and LEOTARD?

How do you pronounce geographical names such as TUCSON, PLYMOUTH or VAUGHAN?

What different sounds to the letters OUGH represent?

Where does the main stress fall in words such as AUTHORITATIVE, FACILITATE, TRANSLATE, SYSTEMATIZE, ORGANIZE, etc.?


We will look at words which might seem to set a trap for the unwary student in an attempt to cope with difficult areas of the English pronunciation system.



Friday, July 23, 10:00 to 14:00, SBS Barrio Norte


Why bother about personality types? How can this workshop assist you in becoming a more effective teacher? This workshop will


provide insights into human behaviour

enable you to focus on what distinguishes one person from another

explain why we act so differently confronted with the same stimuli

help you develop better communication skills

avoid misunderstandings when we assume we are all alike

adapt our teaching to different personality types


We tend to think that the world is as we see it through our own eyes, and that our behaviour is the norm. We sometimes find it strange to accept that our ways are not the ways of other people. Why, for instance, do some people need to work with the support of a group while others prefer to strike out on their own and need to be by themselves? Why is it that some people plan exactly how they are going to spend their weekend, while others prefer to leave it to chance and feel constrained if they have to decide way ahead of time? Over and above this, how might recognizing different personality types help us become more effective teachers?
This workshop will help you take the first steps in a life changing journey.


All of the workshops will be conducted by



 Profesor en Inglés with the Magna Cum Laude distinction, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. Master of Arts, University of Lancaster, post graduate studies, University of Texas, Fulbright and British Council Scholar. He has taught at the Univ. Católica de Salta, Univ. Nac. de Santiago del Estero, and Univ. Nac. de Rio Cuarto. He was on the Advisory Panel for the Macmillan English Dictionary, 1st edition. He is an NLP Master Practitioner, Certificate of Completion, NLP University, California, and a certified administrator of the MBTI, Florida. He is also a co/founder of what is FAAPI today, and co/founder and first president of ASPI, Asoc. Salteña de Profesores de Inglés  He has trained extensively in bodywork and is a certified Breema, Jin Shin Jyutsu, reflexology and massage practitioner and an Instructor in Esferodinamia Terapéutica. He is also knowledgeable about Thai Massage, Polarity and Chi-Lel.


Certificates of attendance will be issued


How to register:


Send an email to newtoolsforteachers@yahoo.com.ar with your full name, address and telephone numbers indicating the name of the workshop or workshops, the date and the venue you want to attend. You will then receive an acknowledgment of pre-registration, which will enable you to pay the fee a short while before the workshop takes place, i.e. in SBS Barrio Norte, or SBS Palermo or SBS Martinez or SBS Belgrano. The addresses of these branches of SBS are given above.