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BEGIN
Take charge of your life by beginning something
you’ve always wanted to do.
If your goal seems overwhelming, start small.
“By daring to begin the life you’ve always wanted,
you become energized.”

IMAGINE
Your imagination has no boundaries…
“Dreaming about something is the first step
towards achieving it. “

LAUGH
“Laughter is a direct route to the soul.
It broadens your perspective, keeps you healthy, and
makes an unbearable situation easier to deal with.”

BELIEVE
Set your mind to predict success.
Tell yourself you will succeed at whatever you’re doing
at the moment.

SEEK
Allow yourself to grow by exposing your vulnerability
and insecurity.
Don’t live strictly inside your comfort zone-done always play it safe.

PLAY
We can always find something that “needs to be done” and
we forget how to have fun.
Make a conscious effort to take time off – you’ll feel refreshed and able to think more clearly afterwards.

TRUST
“… being paralyzed by indecision is worth than making the
wrong decision.”
You can’t grow if you don’t trust your inner voice.

LISTEN
Try listening carefully to the other person’s
point of view first, without being
preoccupied or distracted.
You’ll really hear what is being said and
the other person is more likely to pay
attention to your views.

CREATE
Creativity maintains the balance in our lives.
The more we use our creativity the more it develops.

CONNECT
Relationships are what pull us through the hard times,
and make the good times meaningful.
Take time to nurture the connections that uplift you.

TOUCH
Humans need touch to survive and thrive.
Don’t forget to hug your love ones.
Pat your friends on the back
literally and figuratively.

FORGIVE
Forgiveness is life giving because it puts you in charge.
You become empowered.

PRAY
“Prayer is asking God to transform the situation and become
the heart of your life.” Take time each day to nurture this connection.

HOPE
“Hope is the knowledge that even in the worst of times we can triumph over hardship and sorrow and grow in spirit.”
Hope is what sustains humanity.

CHOOSE
“We can’t always choose our circumstances,
but we can choose our attitude towards them.”

APPRECIATE
Admire the good in yourself
and in those around you.

GIVE
Happiness involves giving freely to others.

READ
“Reading removes boundaries.”

WRITE
“Words are freedom.
Words are power.”

RELEASE
“Avoid doing something just because everyone thinks you should.
Give yourself permission to relax.”



Professor Henry Widdowson is an internationally acclaimed authority in applied linguistics and language teaching. He is perhaps best known for his contribution to communicative language teaching. His many books, articles, and lectures have been seminal in establishing both the field of applied linguistics and its mode of enquiry. However, he has also published on other (though related) subjects such as discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis, the global spread of English, English for Special Purposes and stylistics.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning says, ‘Widdowson consistently defends clear-thinking and clear presentation of ideas. For international ESOL, he has probably been the most influential philosopher of the late twentieth century.’

Professor Henry Widdowson previously held chairs at the University of London and the University of Essex, and is now Professor at the University of Vienna. He began his career with the British Council, working in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, before taking up an academic career in Edinburgh where he obtained his doctorate in 1973.

He is the Applied Linguistics adviser to Oxford University Press and series adviser of Oxford Bookworms Collection. Widdowson is co-editor of Language Teaching: A Scheme for Teacher Education and the series editor of Oxford Introductions to Language Study and the author of Linguistics (1996) in the same series. He has also published Defining Issues in English Language Teaching (2002), and Practical Stylistics: An Approach to Poetry (1992). His most recent book is entitled Text, Context, Pretext. Critical Issues in Discourse Analysis (2004), published by Blackwell’s.

Presentations in Argentina

Henry Widdowson will be opening the FAAPI Conference (www.faapi.org.ar) in Santiago del Estero and will then deliver presentations in Buenos Aires, La Plata and Santiago de Chile.

La Plata

Tuesday 23 September – 1800

Organised by the British Council in partnership with the Dirección de Educación Superior y Capacitación, Dirección de Cultura y Educación de la Provincia de Buenos Aires

Registration: info@britishcouncil.org.ar

Buenos Aires

Wednesday 24 September – 1800

Facultad de Derecho, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Organised by the British Council in partnership with the Ministerio de Educación, Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Registration: info@britishcouncil.org.ar

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