27/5/2007

Still experimenting...

Dear friends, students

forgive me for not having updated the content of this blog, but I have been experimenting on various aspects of blogging-activities implementation since my last posting. I'll come back soon with more about the EU reality! Please feel free to provide me with ideas and suggestions!


7/3/2007

Please switch off your PCs...you never know

45.gifWell, dear students I think that when an eye constantly keeps looking at us, we  should feel happy, since we could show it what we deserve!

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Fortunately or unfortunately our life is full of cameras that keep watching us... The EU's policy on security matters strongly supports the protection of its citizens (2nd and 3rd pillars). Do you think that the use of cameras violates our freedom?


5/3/2007

EU invites you! Are you interested in taking part?

Celebrations in Greece for the 50th EU anniversary will be organised in more than one places. Why don't you take the chance to participate? Even if you belong to the Eurosceptics, see it as a chance to express your personal views or discover positive EU aspects that you had never thought of before!

If you  live in another EU country, don't get disappointed! The variety of events will cover the whole EU area (even in the USA a European Week will be celebrated), so seize this excellent opportunity to have a good time!

Don't forget that if you are a teacher you could engage your students in several EU activities. Get set, Ready, Go for Mission Europossible!


4/3/2007

2007: EU citizens celebrate!

EU1 logo.jpgDid you know that this logo won the 1st prize? It was selected among many others as the most representative to celebrate the 50th EU anniversary.

There will be a great variety of celebration activities throughout the EU this year, since its citizens will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its establishment. For more information check the page-file entitled: "From Communities to the European Union: a historical review" (right-hand column).

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So what do you think? Did you like this logo? Does it represent the values that the EU is trying to achieve? If you have difficulty in answering, why don't you take a look at the symbols of the EU again?


4/3/2007

EU symbols: any other suggestions?

eu-flag.gifDid you know that the official EU symbols are the following?

The European flag

This is the European flag -a circle of twelve gold stars on a blue background. It represents solidarity and harmony between the peoples of Europe. The number of stars has nothing to do with the number of Member States. There are twelve stars because the number twelve is traditionally the symbol of perfection, completeness and unity. It is also, of course, the number of months in a year and the number of hours shown on a clock face. The circle is, among other things, a symbol of unity. So the European flag was born, representing the ideal of unity among the peoples of Europe. The flag therefore remains unchanged regardless of EU enlargements. All European institutions have been using it since the beginning of 1986. The European flag is the only emblem of the European Commission - the EU's executive arm. Other EU institutions and bodies use an emblem of their own in addition to the European flag.

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European anthem

This is the anthem not only of the European Union but also of Europe in a wider sense. The melody comes from the Ninth Symphony composed in 1823 by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

In 1972, the well-known conductor Herbert Von Karajan was asked to write three instrumental arrangements - for solo piano, for wind instruments and for symphony orchestra. Without words, in the universal language of music, this anthem expresses the ideals of freedom, peace and solidarity for which Europe stands.

In 1985, it was adopted by EU heads of State and government as the official anthem of the European Union. It is not intended to replace the national anthems of the Member States but rather to celebrate the values they all share and their unity in diversity.

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Europe Day

Probably very few people in Europe know that on 9 May 1950 the first move was made towards the creation of what is now known as the European Union.

In Paris that day, against the background of the threat of a Third World War engulfing the whole of Europe, the French Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Schuman read to the international press a declaration calling France, Germany and other European countries to pool togethertheir coal and steel production as "the first concrete foundation of a European federation".

What he proposed was the creation of a supranational European Institution, charged with the management of the coal and steel industry, the very sector which was, at that time, the basis of all military power. The countries which he called upon had almost destroyed each other in a dreadful conflict which had left after it a sense of material and moral desolation.

Everything, therefore, began that day. That is why during the Milan Summit of EU leaders in 1985 it was decided to celebrate 9 May as "Europe Day".

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"United in diversity"

This is the motto of the EU. It first came into use around the year 2000 and was for the first time officially mentioned in the Treaty establishing a constitution for Europe, which was signed in 2004. The motto means that, via the EU, Europeans are united in working together for peace and prosperity and that the many different cultures, traditions and languages in Europe are a positive asset for the continent.

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Would you suggest a different symbol?
Did you know the symbolisation of number 12?
The 9th symphony of Beethoven is a familiar piece of music to everyone...listen to it at http://europa.eu/abc/symbols/anthem/index_en.htm


1/3/2007

English in the EU: description of the course

The construction of this blog is being prepared in order to improve the quality of my course "English in the European Union" (5th semester) taugtht in the Technological Institute of Epirus, Faculty of Economy and Management, Department of Application of Foreign Languages in Management and Commerce (Igoumenitsa Branch) .

The idea lying behind its preparation and future implementation is based primarily on the following pedagogical issues:

  • enhancement of motivation
  • interactive learning
  • autonomous learning
  • community learning
  • development of critical thinking
  • sociocognitive approach to learning (social aspect recognition in language acquisition)
  • constructivist approach to learning (learning through others; creation, collaboration, reflection)
  • multi-disciplinary approach to learning

The aim is that students and the instructor establish a social relationship which with the aid of useful functions (exchanging of ideas, expressing personal thoughts, posing questions/answering, preparing projects, discovering/suggesting new sources, etc) will also enable learners' linguistic development.

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