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Newsletter March 2011

  1. 1. Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Rosario March 2011 __________________________________________________________________________Dear Member,2011 marks the 35th Anniversary of our association. To the current EC, celebrating meansworking harder than usual to meet the objectives: making APrIR – the association OFteachers, BY teachers, FOR teachers – rise to as high a level as possible socially,academically and culturally.Celebrating this anniversary means remembering the former members of past ECs andhonouring teachers who are not among us any longer. The association would never havecome so far in time had former ECs not worked towards these shared aims.Celebrating, again, means revising the purpose of our existence as a learning as well asteaching community, and setting new attainable objectives.It means helping our association to grow by adding new members, which will implygathering in an even larger group of like-minded colleagues. A more numerous group willalso allow for a greater diversity of interests, expertise and knowledge. In a world in whichknowledge no longer belongs only to specialists, in which knowledge is so vast that it cannotpossibly lie with a few, sharing and learning together and from each other seems to be theonly way to keep updated.February brought us the realisation that we would need the whole of 2011 to be able to fulfillall the projects that we had in mind as a way to provide different ways to mark thisanniversary. Every newsletter will come to you with a summary of what has gone on theprevious month and what has been planned for the near future.Let us declare 2011 as the 12-month-long celebration of APrIR’s 35th birthday. Be ourguests, but help us organise opportunutes for happy and fruitful gatherings and join in!Activities carried out in February and early March February 23rd, 6 to 8.30 Teaching Business English: a refresher for insiders; an overview for newcomers. Profs. Julieta de Zavalía, Alejandra Garré, Mariela Rodríguez, Ma. Del Carmen Fernández Beitía
  2. 2. 49 people attended this event, during which the presenters gave a sound overview ofteaching English in corporate environments. UCEL provided a superb venue and a warmcoffee-break as well. February 24th, 9.30 pm Chatting Meal Advanced students and teachers got together to have a friendly chat over dinner (pizza, pop-soda and ice-cream) with Profs. Julieta de Zavalía and María del Carmen Fernández Beitía. The activities proposed were fun and apart of practising English we all had a good laugh. Mark this date: March 31st, 9 pm The next Chatting Meal will take place at the same venue (Café de la Música, Santa Fe and Moreno) on May 31st, at 9 pm. Don’t miss it! It’s fun! Unfortunately, we cannot have more than 15 people per session. Book your seat by filling in this form march First come, first served!
  3. 3. February 25th: APrIR supported the Heinle event: Content and language: Towards a perfect partnership which was held at ARICANA. Ian Martin provided a sound explanation of the benefits of focusing on cultural issues to embed the language we are teaching. See the pictures at March 5th, 9.30 am Professional development 2.0: Shaping our Learning Paths Speaker: Carla Raguseo Prof. Carla Raguseo gave a smashing presentation at SBS. She showed new ways of keeping updated by forming a community of practice and stressed the fact that APIrR has evolved into such a type of community since its founding in 1976. The session ended with arecording of Prof. Jeremy Harmer’s birthday greeting to APrIR, which can be heard on: you missed it, you can find the slides of the presentation at 8thInternational Womens DayInternational Womens Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political andsocial achievements of women past, present and future. This day honours the suffragetteswho campaigned for womens right to vote, celebrates womens success, and reminds of
  4. 4. inequities still to be redressed. The first International Womens Day event was run in 1911.2011 is the Global Centenary Year. do hope all of the lady-teachers in the Association had a wonderful day. March 12th, 10 am: ENROLMENT CLOSED APIBA – APrIR Webinar for Teacher Associations: “Marketing and Fundraising for TAs” with the support of FAAPI and the British Council In April 2010 APIBA President Analía Kandel attended the 44th IATEFL Conference on a British Council grant and represented FAAPI on Associates’ Day. In this session, hosted by e- duTraining, she will first share with Members of FAAPI Teachers’ Associations the highlights of the Conference and of that meeting, in particular a summary of sessions on Marketing and Fundraising for TAs. She will then encourage all participants to think collaboratively of possible solutions to problems our local TAs face in relation to these and other relevant issues in our own professional context.This event is free of charge for Members of Teacher Associations with their dues up to date.It is aimed at current members of Executive Committees and other Association Members who may beinterested in joining the Committee in the future. A list of readings to be covered before the sessionhas been made available on enrolment.Your opinion and interests:Help us plan ahead by taking this poll! It wont take up more than a couple of minutes:
  5. 5. SIGs and Workshops: Starting in AprilRemember they are free of charge for APrIR members CALL, coordinated by Mary Di Mónaco Last Saturday of the month, 9.30 to 11.30 Reading for Pleasure, coordinated by Nora Séculi Teaching Tips: Conversations about our Practice, coordinated by Graciela Castelli. First Wednesday of the month at 9 am Would you like to coordinate a workshop? Contact us asap.Further dates to mark on your calendar:AprilDate: Saturday April 9th, 9 amVenue: APrIR’s headquarters, Corrientes 1323 PB. Asamblea General Ordinaria Orden del día 1. Lectura y aprobación del acta anterior 2. Lectura Memoria 2010 3. Lectura informe de Tesorería y Comisión Revisora de Cuentas 4. Determinación de la Cuota Anual 5. Planificación de actividades para el ejercicio 2011 6. Designación de dos Asambleístas para refrendar el ActaRecordamos que pueden participar con voz y voto en las asambleas los socios que tenganantigüedad mayor a 6 meses.
  6. 6. May (dates to be confirmed) A crash course with Rita ZeinstejerDetails to come. Teas and FashionCome and taste different kinds of teas and watch a unique fashion parade.June (date to be confirmed) BloomsdayBloomsday is a commemoration observed annually on June 16th in Dublin and elsewhere tocelebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and relive the events in his novel Ulysses, all ofwhich took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904. Joyce chose the date because his firstouting with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle happened on that day, when they walked to theDublin urban village of Ringsend. The name derives from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist ofUlysses. (Source: Wikipedia)A special event is being planned. You may want to start revising your notes!August 19th - 20thIn celebration of our anniversary, APrIR will offer an academic event. APrIR Seminar: "Teaching and learning together: 35 years and counting"Venue: UCELObjectives:Our speakers will broach interesting topics of their expertise, with a selection of 2.0technology geared talks and non-technology ones. All talks will be held f2f, on Fridayevening and Saturday morning and afternoon.Confirmed speakers to date: Cristina Thomson de Grondona White Malena Botto Rita Zeinstejer Silvia Rivero Carla Raguseo Florencia Viale Raquel Vergara More details coming soon!
  7. 7. September Teacher’s DayWe are planning a get-together to celebrate both APrIR’s birthday (September 4th) andTeacher’s Day. More details to come. 2011 FAAPI Conference Remember the 2011 FAAPI Conference will be hosted by Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Tucumán. The theme of the Conference is COMMUNICATIVE LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING REVISITED. What more than threedecades of experience have taught us. The Call for Papers is in progress: check theguidelines at A lecture by Viviana ValentiDetails to come. News from our membersIf you are an APrIR member and you are giving a presentation, please keep us posted byfilling in this form: will be delighted to share the information in our Newsletter. State EducationRegarding the recent proceedings leading to tenure in secondary schools (Titularización) wewould like to inform you that the letter sent in December to both Junta de Calificación andthe Minister of Education hasmet with no response.We have kept subscribers to APrIR Google Group updated on a number of demonstrationsorganized by individuals, and reminded our members that they are entitled to anappointment with our legal advisor free of charge.At present, we are compiling a database of cases in which non-qualified people have takenprecedence over qualified teachers. If you havent contributed yet, it is available at
  8. 8. Your Voices:If you would like to send a greeting to our association, you may do so by mail or email, oryou may leave an audio / video message at: would like to thank Carla Raguseo very warmly for taking the initiative andcreating this Voicethread file. We would love to hear your voices!Join Professor Jeremy Harmer - and many others already - in celebrating APrIR’sanniversary!It’s really simple: ● Register for a free account ● Click on Comment ● Choose the kind of message you prefer (text, audio or video) ● Click on Record ● Right click and choose “permitir” ● Then choose mike ● Speak. After you finish speaking your recording will be played automatically. Click on Save if you are happy with it or Cancel if you are not, and try again.If in doubt check or Useful information:Our office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 7 pm. Corrientes 1323 (P.B.)Rosario.Our telephone number is: (0341) 153-983562 Outside office hours, please leave amessage.You may also contact us via email: (about general matters) (for administrative matters)Remember to follow us online
  9. 9. Facebook page: , Twitter: Enrolment for eventsA note about enrolment:You may have realised that there are different ways of signing up for activities and events.1) APrIR’s Secretary, at our headquarters2) At bookshops, as indicated in each case3) Automatic, by following the link and filling in the on-line form. As soon as you click on‘send’, your name gets registered on a spreadsheet which we view immediately. This is avery safe kind of enrolment. These institutions support APrIR: Are you a Director of Studies? Contact us to find out how your institution can also support APrIR. Write to APrIR is your association. Take pride in belonging.