4th Annual "Ancient Greek Language and Culture" Competition
We would like to inform you that for the fourth consecutive year the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, in co-operation with the Pan-Hellenic Association of Teachers for Greek Language and the Society of Greek Scholars, is organizing the European Competion "Exploring the Ancient Greek Language and Culture".
Students from Lyceums of the European Union state members and candidate countries where Ancient Greek is taught, as well as students form Greece and Cyprus, take part in this competion.
It would give us great pleasure if your school participated in this years' 4th Competion. You will find the application form attached, which we kindly request you fill in and return to our Directorate when the number of participants is finalized:
Hellenic Republic Athens
Ministry of National Education
and Religious Affairs
General Directorate of International Relations in Education Directorate of International Relations in Education
12-14. Mitropoleos str., 10~ 63 Athens. Greece. Information:A. Rouvalis/ St. Moriatis
Tel.: +30 210-3723802. +30 210-3210385 Fax: +30-210-3221521 E-mail: email@example.com
SUBJECT : Fourth Annual European Competition in "Exploring the Ancient Greek Language and Culture"
The Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, through the Directorate of International Relations in Education and the Pedagogical Institute, in co-operation with the Pan-Hellenic Association of Teachers for the Greek Language and Civilization and the Society of Greek Scholars, announces the Fourth Annual European Competition: "Exploring the Ancient Greek Language and Culture" for the promotion of the classical studies among pupils of Lyceums of the European Union states and candidate countries, where the Ancient Greek Language is taught.
The competition is addressed to:
a) pupils of the last grade of Lyceum in the EU member states and candidate countries
b) pupils of the second grade of Lyceum in Greece and Cyprus. The Greek and Cypriot pupils will take part in the Competition separately, as their mother tongue is Greek.
The syllabus and the topics of the competition for each of the above mentioned groups will be announced, in due time, to all the teachers of the Lyceums offering Ancient Greek in Greece and Cyprus, as well as to all the teachers of Lyceums offering Ancient Greek in the EU member states and candidate countries
Pupils eligible to participate in the competition for the school year 2004-2005, are those coming from the twenty-five European Union member states as well as the candidate countries.
THE SYLLABUS OF THE COMPETITION
The Competition has a specific syllabus, which includes Ancient Greek texts in Attica dialect, prose and poetry.
The topics of the competition are divided into two groups, as follows:
A. questions concerning the comprehension of the text that is being examined,
B. questions of elaboration on the text that is being examined.
Specifically, the text to be examined extends to about 20 lines or verses and is followed by 3 questions of comprehension and 3 questions of elaboration.
A. The questions of comprehension refer to:
1. the translation or the conveyance of the text
2. the analysis/interpretation of a brief extract of the text
3. the linguistic elaboration (with preference to comparative exercises) and to the structure of the text
B. The questions of elaboration refer to:
1. the genre of the text
2. the piacing of the text within its historical and social context
3. the ideas or the values, expressed in the text, in relation to problems or conditions connected to modern life.
Questions of Part A require a brief answer only, while questions of Part B can receíve either a brief answer or a more complex elaboration (argumentative essay). The Work Group may decide to replace one of the above questions in Part B with another type of creative piece of work (painting, project using the computer or internet etc).
The examination text is provided in its original version.
The questions are given in Greek, for the schools of Greece and Cyprus whereas for the Lyceums of other countries in Greek and English.
The answers will be given in the mother tongue of the participants, who will have to answer two questions from each one of the two parts A and B, depending on their individual choice.
The only reference book the participants are allowed to use during the elaboration of the topics is a linguistic dictionary of Ancient Greek.
The duration of the examination is up to three (3) hours.
THE PROCESS OF THE COMPETITION
Applications for the participation in the Competition are submitted by the interested Lyceums.
In January 2005
The examination questions are sent via e-mail and/or fax to all participants on a date which will be announced as the official date of the competition.
The examination will take place within the last 10 days of January 2005 and the precise date will be determined and announced in due time.
ASSESSMENT OF THE EXAMINATION PAPERS
The examination papers shall be sent to the following address:
Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, Directorate of International Relations in Education, Section B, 12-14, Mitropoleos st.
105 63 Athens, Greece.
The above mentioned department of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs collects the examination papers, from all countries, in February and hands them over to the committee responsible for the final assessment of the examination papers that has been appointed by the Work Group. The Committee marks the examination papers on a centigrade scale and hands them over to the Work Group, which issues the Competition's results by the end of March.
In April, the Competition results are announced and the Lyceums, teachers and pupils who will be awarded, are notified. The Directorate of International Relations organizes the prize-giving ceremony for the pupils.
The whole process is completed by the end of July 2005.
From the total number of assessed examination papers receiving over 80 points (on a centigrade scale) awards will be given to:
a) the seven (7) best examination papers of pupils from the last grade of Lyceum of EU member states and candidate countries. No participating country can be given more than one award. Our aim is to give the opportunity to pupils from more than one-countries to visít Greece.
A honorary certificate will be given to all pupils that have a score of over 80.
b) The three (3) best examination papers of pupils from the second grade of Lyceum in Greece and in Cyprus.
The prize-giving ceremony will be organized by the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, in Athens, Greece.
Each of the above ten pupils will participate, accompanied by the teacher who taught the subject, in a special hospitality programme of seven (7) days, that will be organized by Greece.
Accomodation, meal and travel expenses for the winners of the competition will be covered by the Greek side. The 10 pupils from the two above mentioned cate~ories will also receive honorary certificates and books (1st to 7th and 1st to 3rd place)
COORDINATING SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
The whole program takes place under the supervision of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs and is directed by a coordinating scientific committee consisting of:
Melina Papadaki, Directress of the Directorate of International Relations in Education and Melpomeni Sgartsou, Head of Section B. of the Directorate of International Relations in Education, as representatives of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs
Christina Veikou -Adviser, Sotirios lilavas -Vice-president, and Catherine Zouganeli, Deputy Councillor of the Pedagogical Institute
Anastasios Stefos - Doctor of Philology and Honorary School Adviser and Georgia Haritidou, Lyceum Directress, representing the Pan-Hellenic Association of teachers for the Greek Language and Civilization, as members of the administrative board
Georgia Xanthaki, Professor at the University of Athens and President of the Society of Greek Scholars, and Nadia Panaaoulea, member of its administrative board.
Melina Papadaki is appointed president to the Scientific Committee
The coordinators of the project, and responsible for the implementation of the competition will be:
Mrs. Angeliki Stasinopoulou-Skiada, Doctor of Classical Philology, Honorary School Adviser and member of the Pan-Hellenic Association of teachers for Greek Language and Civilization and
Mr. Georpe Manousopoulos, Professor of the Greek language, General Secretary of the Society of Greek Scholars
Mrs. Amalia Rouvalis, administrative employee and Mr. Stylianos Moriatis, teacher detached at the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, will be in charge of the secretariat as well as all practical issues.
For further information, those interested in this competition, can consult the Directorate of International Relations in Education of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, at the address and telephone numbers given, or at the following electronical addresses:
2. Pan-Hellenic Association of teachers for the Greek Language & Civilization: http://www.p-e-f.gr