About the C1 Resource Pack

Dear students,

Yesterday I learned/learnt the School won’t be able to publish this pack of resource cards because there is not enough money — cards are far more expensive than paper. (Apart from that, all of the possibilities I’ve been told about, like presenting this work to contests and things like that involve losing the right over the work in this precise sense: I would never accept not sharing my work for free on the internet. This is out of the question for me.) Fortunately, you already have the pilot version. Just remember that’s not the version for publication, and that I need to publish the final version, OK? But this does not affect your work. You can use the pilot version this year, if it helps you learn. It’s extra support.

This said, publication will happen (“will” for prediction) as soon as I ask for the compatibility permission we civil servant teachers need to request when we want to publish our own materials (and at least recover the money spent). Actually, I think this present outcome is going to be positive in the end, for the truth is I have a wealth of resources to share after so many years working so hard in the struggle of showing the world public/state-run education offers quality teaching and learning processes, and I do prefer to protect my independence, so as to have an 100% say on what I produce. In our world it seems that when your work can generate money, you lose your say in things. (And this explains why I am a writer without books! For me, losing a say is not an option! 🙂 )

Once I’ve requested “compatibility”, I’ll publish the resource pack as an indie writer, for a fee that covers production costs, postage and shipping — all of the things involved in distribution, too, I mean! 🙂 And perhaps a few extra euros to give to an unemployed younger relative of mine, who has dire prospects of finding a job in the career he has trained for and actually loves! At the same time, I’ll publish the pack online as a free download, because I believe in the construction of a Knowledge Society. I believe that sharing our knowledge and skills instead of saying self-destructive things and gossiping or fighting — the kind of things most people do every day at all times — can reduce violence in the world significantly. (People should spend more time learning and less time keeping busy with negative thoughts and words!)

There is great support for this project, so I’ll do this last effort, but I’d like to complain here, because busy people seem to be busier and busier all the time!: it’s funny (=strange) how women in general, and any independent person, find it so terribly difficult to do things that seem to be simple and easy, when the hardest part is actually writing outstanding work (and all of the other editorial tasks which I can do because I’ve worked with publishing houses and often edited all kinds of things independently, and anonymously)! I’ve written a valuable resource for advanced lifelong language learning — not original in the sense that we’ve been developing this approach since the 1980s (at least me as a teacher and a lifelong learner), but original in the sense that unfortunately obstacles for transformative, meaningful, communicative teaching and learning, on the part of learners, teachers, and education systems seem to be insurmountable most of the times — and if I didn’t have a job now (and money to save), it’s clear this would have been the end to it.

But the reality of cuts in public/state-run education in the past decade is a fact, and of course it had to affect this project of ours at our school.

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5 comments

  1. I totally agree with you Michelle. I think that being independent (in any sense) is more and more difficult in a world where the money is the most important thing we need, even we have (that’s what they make us believe). I welcome your decision of not losing a say in your productions and, of course, sharing them with others. If everyone thought (and did) similar things, the world could be a happier place, that’s my belief!!!!

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  2. Dear María José,
    Thanks so much for your words. So it seems we’re two of a pair! 🙂
    It’s a relief for me to know you know what I mean! 😀 ❤

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  3. Sad news, indeed. However, your should thing positively, in the sense that the important work is done, you have done all the writing stuff, and it is compiled in a pdf, which is perhaps more useful in that format than in paper, actually. In my opinion, a good option to complement the material would be some Power Point (or other similar software) presentation, where animations and pictures were included. For good or for bad paper is becoming less used everyday. The electronic format is as valid as the card/paper option, so maybe you should find the way of distributing it under Creative Commons license, asking for donations or pricing the RP.
    I understand what you feel after having worked so hard and finding obstacles to publish the material, and of course you have the right to complain about it, thanks to share your experience and knowledge with us.

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  4. Hi there! Thanks for your post!
    I’m not sad anymore! 🙂 It’s true, I’ve written two outstanding pieces this summer and I have the resources to publish them, and the people who will buy them, so what else can I ask for?! ❤
    About power points, I'm not sure. Although as you can see I didn't ask you to buy a textbook, this course is special in this way, too, because most courses ask sts to get a certain textbook. And my work, the Resource Pack, if a more innovative step in itself: it's fichas, cards, so that sts can order them as they like, and so I can create more fichas and sts don't have to keep buying textbooks, but just the fichas they find most useful. So I'll stick to the idea of printing it and using it in this way.
    "Translating" it into a power point presentation would take as many hours at least as it took me to format the present version, but there would be many more cards, right? Not 75, I think.
    As I did with the How to work on your Writing Assginments, I'll probably record some of the fichas, too, because an audio version is good. Actually I wanted to include the audio version in a pendrive, but well, step by step, hahahaha…
    See you!! ❤

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  5. PS: At present I think the sad news is that public education won’t get the credit for having published it! But I tried my hardest. And I do think that if I had been a man having written this pack, the school would have taken it more seriously, with more pride or interest. Sigh

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