Newsletter BNCs Argentina

Welcome back from your winter break! The biggest news to share is that the Office of American Spaces now belongs in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Bureau of International Information Programs has merged with Public Affairs to make the Bureau of Global Public Affairs. What does this mean for you? You can expect an even closer relationship with the English Language Programs and EducationUSA offices and other sister offices of ECA like exchange programs. At the REPS conference I attended in June in Washington, the Office of American Spaces continues to highlight the strengthening of networked American Spaces over individual Spaces. As such, we will increase our efforts to conduct strategic programs at BNCs through a workshop in September to focus on implementing programs on a national scale.
Thank you for sharing many good examples of programs along the 5 Core Programs. We in the American Spaces Program team congratulate you on your efforts. We’ve cited a few social media postings in this newsletter to underscore the importance you place on building virtual networks. Keep up the good work!


English Language Fellow Participates at the SHARE Education Annual Convention for English Teachers
On Thursday, August 1, 2019 in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, ELF David Williams had the honor to be the Keynote speaker at the SHARE Education conference, which was attended by over 600 participants.  Since the theme of the conference was “The Practical Side of ELT”, the organization selected a workshop from David’s repertoire about interactive activities, which teachers can use at the beginning of their classes to focus the students’ attention, assist in the transition from the L1 to the target language, relax students and introduce language/class objectives.  The audience made excellent use of the time and material by actively participating with the strategies and sharing similar ideas that they have successfully used in their own courses.  Feedback was very positive with many teachers remarking that they would adopt the tasks and apply them consistently in their classrooms.
Topic: Twitter for Educators
Description: Twitter is an incredible resource for English language educators. This month in Teacher’s Corner, we look at how to use Twitter to share ideas, find resources, and connect with other educators and language learners around the world. For those who are new to Twitter, we share how you can get started.  The hashtag on Twitter is #GlobalAE.  Announcements for the live Twitter chat will be forthcoming.Full Link:

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AE Teacher’s Corner Facebook Group:

Note: Those interested in joining this group will need to first read the article and then answer three questions to join the Facebook group.  Those that do not answer the questions will not be admitted into the group.

TAmerican English Live Series 6
The American English team is pleased to offer American English Live: Teacher Development Series 6. The six online seminars of the series cover a variety of topics intended for teachers of English or future teachers of English around the world.  At the end of each event, participants will have the opportunity to earn a digital badge that verifies their participation.Participants are also encouraged to register to join the associated Ning,,  to participate in discussions, view related materials, and find recordings.

The series will take place from September 04 – November 13, 2019.  These 60-minute sessions will be held every other Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. ET from Washington, D.C. (check for the local time in your region). Participants can join the sessions by viewing the live posts at the above times here: 

Though not mandatory, registration is encouraged.  Registered participants will receive email reminders with links to pre-session readings and online discussions. Prior to each session, registered participants will receive a reminder email with a Zoom link from

Here is the link for registration: 

E-Teacher Program nominations – Argentina Fall 2019 (Sept.24 – Nov.19, 2019)

The American English E-Teacher Program offers foreign English teaching professionals the opportunity to take innovative, online university-level classes and online professional development programming for teachers through FHI360. MoreAndrea Natalia MINGOLLA PATTON (Tucuman) Using Educational Technology

Griselda Elizabet SEEWALD (Posadas, Misiones) Teaching Grammar Communicatively

Ivanna Yanina DAVILA (San Francisco, Cordoba (ISFICANA)) TESOL Methodology

Maria Julieta CHICCO Santiago del Estero (ASICANA) The Art of Everyday Classroom Assessment of English Language Learners (AELL)

Paula Agostina PATANCHON (Santiago del Estero (ASICANA)) Teaching English to Young Learners

Maria Agustina TURRI Santa Fe (ALICANA) The Art of Everyday Classroom Assessment of English Language Learners (AELL)

Pablo Florentin CARDENAS Buenos Aires (ICANA) The Art of Everyday Classroom Assessment of English Language Learners (AELL)

Mercedes VARAS Salta (ISICANA) The Art of Everyday Classroom Assessment of English Language Learners (AELL)

ARGENTINA’S BNCs: What are they up to? 

This July, ALICANA dressed up to celebrate the American and Argentinean independence Days. Here we share some details of the events that took place before the holidays.
Cohort 9 ACCESS’s students celebrated United States independence on a very special morning which included a typical American breakfast. After the development of different activities and games about “4th of July”, our young leaders enjoyed a feast of waffles, pancakes, doughnuts, coffee, smoothies, fireworks and tons of fun.
ACCESS cohort 10 also had its opportunity to celebrate these exciting dates but chose to do it through a picnic in which students enjoyed typical foods. The star of the afternoon was a “big sandwich” (Homer Simpson’s style) that the students prepared, and that was the sensation of the afternoon. To end the day our boys and girls lit their fireworks and made wishes for the future.
With the collaboration of all the teachers, students were invited to an afternoon / night of celebrations in “United American Bar” a thematic bar that is located in the city of Santa Fe and serves typical American food and is decorated with the atmosphere of the famous “sports bars” that we can find in the US. Students and teachers, enjoyed of a pleasant intercultural evening, full of food, music and history.
Cultural exchange program with students from the University of Northern Florida
From June 24th up until July 5th, Rosario’s Austral University (one of ARICANA’s strategic partners), received exchange students from the University of Northern Florida, in Jacksonville (FL), who participated in various intercultural classes organized by ARICANA’s Academic Staff.
Networking event with the US Alumni Group in Rosario
On July 1st, the US Alumni Group in Rosario invited other Alumni members from Rosario to a Networking event. Carolina Rocha (Ph.D., Professor at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, former ARICANA student and Fulbright scholar) also took part in the event. Carolina visits her family in Rosario once every two years and, every time she does, she makes sure to make a stop in ARICANA.
Commemoration of the American and the Argentine Independences
Every year, ARICANA celebrates the American and the Argentine Independences in a joint commemoration. Held in a packed auditorium on July 3rd, students and families were gathered in ARICANA’s celebration.
Second Cohort of SOL, Stand Out as a Leader program
On July 5th, SOL program Cohort 2 began. Touching on many skill building topics that included: Introspection and Personal Talents, DISC Test, English and Its Value, CV and LinkedIn, Effective Communication and Pitch, and One-On-One Coaching with Mentors. Mentors for this cohort included: Luz Amuchastegui (from NGO “El Desafio”), María Cecilia Ribecco (WED Ambassador to Argentina), Marcela Martire (from Coaching Agency “Grupo Action”), Marina Castellino (from NGO “Futuras Líderes de Ansenuza”), Gabriela Venesia (from ARICANA), Carla Galli (from ARICANA) and Yanina Zagarrio (from ARICANA).
SOL program’s cohorts 1 and 2 met up to talk about the US Alumni Group in Rosario
Participants from Cohorts 1 and 2 of the SOL program met for the first time at ARICANA’s M.A.C. Cohort 2 members were introduced to the US Alumni Group in Rosario’s Committees and were invited to participate in whichever they found fitting. ARICANA’s Alumni Group officially has 30 active members.
Cohorts 9 and 10 of the ACCESS program visit Rosario’s planetarium
Students from the Access Program visited the Planetarium and enjoyed the 50 year anniversary moon landing exhibition. Students also watched a documentary reenacting the story of such an important event, including anecdotes and facts of the mission and the local coverage that it received 50 years ago. The activity intended to inspire younger generations to continue discovering the mysteries of the universe.
ARICANA’s main building 50th Anniversary
On July 20th, 1969, ARICANA officially inaugurated their current main building on 934 Buenos Aires St. through the launch of the first ever language laboratory in Rosario. ARICANA also handed out  a badge to participants, which commemorates the inauguration of their main building and the Moon Landing.
“Tu Cuadradito Abriga” campaign donation to Capilla Santa Rita
Every year, ARICANA takes part in Rosario Solidaria’s “Tu Cuadradito Abriga” which is a campaign that aims to help those in need during the winter season by knitting patchwork blankets. ARICANA’s ACCESS program, students, families, and volunteers helped in the campaign donating over 10 blankets to Capilla Santa Rita, which is located in a vulnerable neighborhood of Rosario.


As part of Independence Week celebrations, ICANA Centro invited young students and their families to paint a mural and have a fun family gathering. The painting was coordinated by muralist Gustavo Reinoso, and the audience was happy to be part of the artistic celebration where they all contributed. The mural reflects the values of freedom and liberty.


#FriendsOfFulbright at ISICANA

Friends of Fulbright scholars gave an Informative Talk of the #FriendsOfFulbright grant, managed in partnership with the United States Embassy in Argentina, Fulbright Commission and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science & Technology of Argentina. They talked about their experiences in the United States and answered questions about how to apply for the scholarship.

USHICANA’s Ushi Adds Up provides the framework for projects that brings us closer to our community, by carrying out different activities. Students visited kindergarten “Pastorcitos de Don Bosco”, who put on a puppet show and then did activities related to the puppet show resulting in a very rewarding experience for everybody: the kindergarten, the kids, and, especially, Ushicana students.

In order to celebrate the Independence Day in Argentina and the United States, Access students recreate a museum in which they acted as the heroes that helped and led the process of Independence in both countries. Some performed as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and some others as Manuel Belgrano, José de San Martin, Juana Azurduy and Martin Güemes.  Students recorded a video and shared it on social networks. Students did their on research and preparation to play their characters, including developing a stage, and recording and editing the video. Teachers guided them to write a speech that would show up in the video.
US Alumni Group in Rosario
Since US Week in Rosario program, ARICANA is officially home to the US Alumni Group. After its announcement, ARICANA worked alongside the group (Alumni from SOL program) to establish their Strategic Planning, social media plan, and to develop upcoming events in hopes of reaching more and new audiences.
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Club de Chicas Programadora

ATICANA felicita a nuestra mentora del programa “Club de Chicas Programadoras”, Fernanda Micaela Ponce, por haber sido elegida abanderada de la Universidad Tecnológica – Facultad Regional Tucumán (UTN.FRT). Actualmente con sus 22 años de edad, es estudiante del último año de la carrera Ingeniería en Sistemas, con un promedio de 8.55.

US. WEEK June 12th

Les compartimos un resumen de las distintas actividades que tuvimos en la celebración del US WEEK en ATICANA y que además contó con la importante visita de Elenita Tapawan RPES y Jorge Rodríguez, de la Embajada de EEUU.

✔ Les compartimos un resumen de las distintas actividades que tuvimos en la celebración del US WEEK en ATICANA y que además contó con la importante visita de Elenita Tapawan RPES y Jorge Rodríguez, de la Embajada de EEUU 🇦🇷🇺🇸 …#USWEEK #ATICANA #Tucuman

Posted by Aticana Tucumán on Saturday, June 15, 2019

Beca “Youth Ambassadors” 2019

Andrea Mingolla Patton y Sofia Cuadra fueron mentoras del Programa de Jóvenes Embajadores 2019, que viajó a Washington DC y a Denver, Colorado, representando a la Argentina. Nahir Nazar, ex alumna del Programa Access, aplicó a dicha beca y fue elegida como Joven Embajadora 2019, viajando a EEUU por tres semanas para difundir nuestra cultura y conocer las costumbres americanas.

BNCs Activities April 2019 / Actividades en los Centros Binacionales en Argentina)

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April is flushed with cultural activities in the U.S!

Did you know that libraries and library workers in the U.S. are honored in April?National Library Week is April 7 – 13, and this year’s theme is Strong Communities. Our BNCs show various types of support for the work of libraries, ranging from dedicated flexible spaces for a host of activities to shelves for browsing and EducationUSA collections. Libraries represent core values of democracy, such as my favorite librarianship value—intellectual freedom.

Historically, the U.S. Government has been celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month overseas for years. For 2019, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has posters and ideas for teachers on jazz appreciation with UNESCO capping off the month with International Jazz Day, a live concert you can stream at your BNCs all the way from Australia.

Earth Day on April 22 is surely a day that all of our BNCs will celebrate with positive actions. As you round out the month of April, don’t forget it’s also National Poetry Month. You can recognize poetry at your BNCs with a poetry slam, memorizing a poem, and writing poetry.

Mrs.María Prado, USA Ambassador´s wife, visited AMICANA in March. During her stay, she received a tour of the recently remodeled institution, spoke with Access students about what the program means for them and their motivations to learn the English language, and visited the class where the leadership program on “Exploring Computer Science” is held. Before heading back to Buenos Aires, Mrs. Prado met the President of the Board of Directors and other members of AMICANA’s team.

1. The new Teacher’s Corner Article is up on the website! This month’s topic is on MOOC camps and facilitation, written by EL Fellow/Specialist Alum Jimalee Sowell.  A discussion group is happening all month on the AE Teacher’s Corner Book Club page on Facebook. 

2. This week on the American English at State Facebook Page, we are posting nature vocabulary graphics in celebration of Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22nd.  We are also posting graphics teaching useful vocabulary for the TOEFL and other standardized language assessments. Every Thursday, we post a vocabulary graphic about studying in the United States to cross-promote Education USA.  This week’s graphic is “Placement Test.3. This week on the American English for Educators Facebook Page, we are sharing Teaching Tips from FORUM, classroom management techniques, and featuring resources from

ARTESOL Annual convention – May 10 & 11, 2019 in Posadas, MisionesAs every year, the Public Affairs Sections supports the ARTESOL (Argentina Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Annual Convention “Navigating towards the future: Meeting the Challenges in EFL,” and encourages the BNCs’ participation.   We are happy to announce that one representative (Academic Director, Coordinator or a teacher selected by the BNCs) from each BNC can attend the ARTESOL with a free registration fee and a three day lodging in Posadas, paid by PAS.  Current English Language Fellow, David Williams and Ken Richter will participate in this year’s Convention. The venue is the Universidad Catolica de las Misiones (Avenida Jauretche 1036, Posadas)REGISTER HERE
For more information, please contact Dr. Susana Tuero, ARTESOL President ( & Please let Noris Zerdá know who is attending from your Center.
SALTA. The U.S. Embassy in Argentina, in collaboration with ISICANA and two local NGOs –OAJNU and JCI- sponsored an event on leadership and community engagement (“Liderazgo y Participación Ciudadana”) held on March 28 at the Forum Salta saloon. The program consisted of two different workshops attended by 40 people covering these two topics. Former English Access students from ISICANAAna Martina Braslavsky and Rosario Medina presided the Leadership workshop. This event aimed at providing the community with different project planning tools and developing leadership skills.
ARGENTINA’S BNCs: What are they up to?
USHICANA: In December 2018, a group of students from Ushicana took part in an internship program at the Secretary of Tourism. Last month they received their certificates in a ceremony presided by Walter Vuoto, Ushuaia’s major, together with Jose Luis Recchia, Secretary of Tourism and Undersecretary Rodrigo Arrieta. ClickHERE to learn more about this event.


is carrying out English clubs for its students as well as non-students, an innovative way of learning English. These clubs are held by a U.S. native teacher with a Master Degree in Arts, who favors participants’ learning and fosters their communicative skills.ISI Clubs 2018 achieved great success. Participants enjoyed cooking, photography, reading and producing creative artworks in and outside the Binational Center, finalizing the year with a closing display of their work. ISI Clubs 2019 are coming back with new additions such as drama and English conversation sessions.

AMICANA Summer Science Camp:

AMICANA successfully developed its Summer Science Camp with 35 kids ranging ages from 8 to 14 years old. In 4-hour-long daily meetings held for a fortnight, students learned about STEM, hydraulics, physics, electronics, robotics and programming. They engaged in fun experiments such as building a hydraulic arm with paperboard and syringes, testing a non-Newtonian fluid and creating robots to compete in a sumo fight!

EducationUSA: On March 26th, the BNC’s EducationUSA Adviser María Iglesias carried out an outreach program at Universidad del Aconcagua. She gave a presentation on EducationUSA and opportunities for exchange programs and scholarships for 10 students and teachers at Escuela Superior de Lenguas Extranjeras, Universidad del Aconcagua. The presentation was part of a series of information sessions held at different universities in relation to student mobility programs.


Chicas Programadoras: After a very successful summer program, ICANA is launching a new edition of Clubes de Chicas Programadoras at its Centro and Belgrano sites. ICANA expects 40 girls to join the program during the first quarter of this year to share their interest in computer science and work on innovative projects with the support of experienced mentors. This is a succesful program in its second year of implementation at the Argentine BNCs.

Seminars on horror novels in US Literature: From April through July, ICANA will offer four seminars for students and the community at large, on some well-known American writers of this genre Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King, distinguished American authors of this genre. The Seminars will be presented byPABLO MARTÍNEZ BURKETT.
On March 29, ATICANA’s English Language Fellow David Williams offered a workshop to over 80 teachers from the BNC under the title “Give Your Students Fishing Poles: Widening the Information Gap for Language Learners”. Attendees engaged in dialog to widen the information gap on helping students use more cognitive skills for language acquisition. As the event came to an end, several teachers said that they would implement these skills and concepts in their classes and praised David’s practical ideas.

Women’s Day Special: ARICANA invited the local community to their Women’s Day Special. This event, held on March 8th at their headquarters, featured María Cecilia Ribecco (WED Ambassador, Founder of “Emprendedoras CRIAR” and Member of the Executive Board at “Asociación de Emprendedores de Argentina” or ASEA for short) who gave a talk to empower female attendees. She provided the audience with tools, best practices, and helpful mindsets to start and sustain their ventures. Afterwards, Marcela Leguizamón (Founder of Albani Fashion Fabrics) shared her inspiring life story. Later, Silvina Arce (Founder of “Coreografía para Mujeres”) performed and encouraged people to dance to classics.Simultaneously, ARICANA offered a showroom featuring multiple local entrepreneurs who displayed their products to the public. Brands that attended are: Albani Fashion Fabrics, Analia Pryga Haute Couture, Lulu Bertò, Mabas Rosario, and TarayTela. Lastly, local singer Aylu Petit entertained the audience with live music.

SOL: Stand Out as a Leader Program (first cohort): ARICANA, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Argentina’s BNCs Leadership Program, presents “Stand Out as a Leader program”, a 3-day-long camp that invites fifteen local youth ages 20-30 to learn how to become a leader and change agent in their local community.The program will feature talks and workshops supervised by ARICANA and organized by professionals in the fields of leadership and social change: Luz Amuchastegui (Director at “El Desafio” Foundation), María Cecilia Ribecco (from “Club de Emprendedores Rosario”), and Juan Ignacio Mandolesi (CEO at Mapplics Mobile Solutions). ARICANA’s staff will also participate and offer talks to attendees.

Participants will be asked to develop a Strategic Planning idea/project to help their community or launch a venture that will enrich the local entrepreneurship scene. Click HERE to learn more about SOL.

Vital Voices’ Mentoring Walk: Executive Director Gabriela Venesia took part in Vital Voices Argentina’s Mentoring Walk in Rosario. These walks are characterized by having various female mentors who are assigned other women to coach and inspire through sharing their professional and personal challenges. Gabriela was nominated to be one of the mentors. This walk is done yearly in Rosario to commemorate Women’s Day.  Click HERE to learn more about this international initiative.


Access students Cenizo Ivana, Ferreyra Sabrina and Virginia Ortizwere selected to be part of Ansenuza’s Future Leaders Program. They spent four days participating in the program in which, together with other teens, they learned and immersed themselves in areas such as leadership and various topics linked to women’s empowerment. Marina Castellino and DChem David Hacklemen were the student’s mentors.In addition, Access students Florence Bossio and Lucia Martino attended as coordinators of the event held in Miramar, Córdoba. In order to take advantage of what the learned and found fruitful, each one of them will devise a project aimed at benefiting and impacting society positively .

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Feria del Libro 2019

ATICANA organiza una Feria del Libro junto con librería SBS, en los siguientes días y horarios:

Jueves 14 de marzo: 10 a 12 / 16 a 21

Sábado 16 de marzo: 10 a 12:30 hs.




Welcome to the Women’s History Month edition of the BNC Newsletter! It’s my pleasure to highlight the growing body of information resources that BNCs can use for classroom instruction, informal learning activities and digital outreach through the Office of American Spaces website. There are films, posters, and other programming material,  such as Women’s History Month content, for incorporating with your curriculum and cultural activities. Since February, you have been receiving content specific to international celebrations and policy priorities by email from us to help augment English language learning and share American culture. We ask you to provide feedback on the usefulness of this material.

On my continuing orientation to Argentina, Lucy Di Génova joined me on a site visit to Rosario’s ARICANA in February where we did deep dive sessions with the staff. Each respective department has their own strategic planning documents that are aligned with the institution’s overarching strategy, a best practice worth sharing with all of you as well as for enhancing the work we do at the Embassy.