THE EUROPEAN UNION:OVERVIEW AND ATTITUDESEnglish V (Achilleas Kostoulas)
European IntegrationReading activities
Scanning for information (1)   The European Union (EU) is unique. It is not afederal state like the United States of Ameri...
Scanning for information (2)   The European Union (EU) is unique. It is not afederal state like the United States of Ameri...
Scanning for information (3)   The European Union (EU) is unique. It is not afederal state like the United States of Ameri...
Scanning for information (4)   They pool their sovereignty by taking jointdecisions through shared institutions such as th...
Scanning for information (5)   They pool their sovereignty by taking jointdecisions through shared institutions such as th...
Scanning for information (6)   They pool their sovereignty by taking jointdecisions through shared institutions such as th...
European IntegrationVocabulary Activities
Vocabulary Activity 1   currency                 νόμισμα   capital                  κεφάλαιο   prosperity              ...
Vocabulary Activity 2   trading      strength   world        power   joint        decisions   collective   leader
European IntegrationFocus on discourse patterns
The European Union (EU) is a family of democratic European countriesworking together to improve life for their citizens an...
Language of…   Democracy: ‘democratic’, ‘joint decisions’, ‘shared    decisions institutions’   Power: ‘strength’, ‘grow...
Euro-scepticismListening tasks
Farage on Poland, Greece and EUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoAtCs7wXHY
According to Nigel Farage       Poland should remain outside the EU of they       want to retain sovereignty. Other countr...
Farage on Van Rompuyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqovTGjYjM4.
Intensive ListeningExtract 0:45 – 1:35
And public opinion is saying, well space walks whilstthey want a European co-operation, yes of course Iagree with that,wha...
But it’s with reference to grace Greece that I’m mostconcerned about you,because when faced with every cynon statement,the...
Writing tasksHomework
Choose one of the following tasksa)   Using the text on page 1 as a loose model, write a     description of the EU from a ...
Assignment   Approximately 200 words.   Hard copy or email (<redacted>)   By Wednesday 23 November.
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Presentation used at Workshop 1 of the English V course at the Epirus Institute of Technology. English V is addressed at third year undergraduates studying at the Department of Applied Foreign Languages, and it aims at improving their language skills while providing information about EU institutions.

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  1. 1. THE EUROPEAN UNION:OVERVIEW AND ATTITUDESEnglish V (Achilleas Kostoulas)
  2. 2. European IntegrationReading activities
  3. 3. Scanning for information (1) The European Union (EU) is unique. It is not afederal state like the United States of Americabecause its member countries remain independentsovereign nations. Nor is it a purelyintergovernmental organisation like the UnitedNations because the member countries do pool someof their sovereignty — and thus gain much greatercollective strength and influence than they couldhave acting individually.
  4. 4. Scanning for information (2) The European Union (EU) is unique. It is not afederal state like the United States of Americabecause its member countries remain independentsovereign nations. Nor is it a purelyintergovernmental organisation like the UnitedNations because the member countries do pool someof their sovereignty — and thus gain much greatercollective strength and influence than they couldhave acting individually.
  5. 5. Scanning for information (3) The European Union (EU) is unique. It is not afederal state like the United States of Americabecause its member countries remain independentsovereign nations. Nor is it a purelyintergovernmental organisation like the UnitedNations because the member countries do pool someof their sovereignty — and thus gain much greatercollective strength and influence than they couldhave acting individually.
  6. 6. Scanning for information (4) They pool their sovereignty by taking jointdecisions through shared institutions such as theEuropean Parliament, which is elected by the EUcitizens, and the Council, which represents nationalgovernment. They decide on the basis of proposalsfrom the European Commission, which represent theinterests of the EU as a whole.
  7. 7. Scanning for information (5) They pool their sovereignty by taking jointdecisions through shared institutions such as theEuropean Parliament, which is elected by the EUcitizens, and the Council, which represents nationalgovernment. They decide on the basis of proposalsfrom the European Commission, which represent theinterests of the EU as a whole.
  8. 8. Scanning for information (6) They pool their sovereignty by taking jointdecisions through shared institutions such as theEuropean Parliament, which is elected by the EUcitizens, and the Council, which represents nationalgovernment. They decide on the basis of proposalsfrom the European Commission, which represent theinterests of the EU as a whole.
  9. 9. European IntegrationVocabulary Activities
  10. 10. Vocabulary Activity 1 currency νόμισμα capital κεφάλαιο prosperity ευημερία federal ομόσπονδος –η –ο sovereign, sovereignty κυρίαρχος –η -ο, κυριαρχία
  11. 11. Vocabulary Activity 2 trading strength world power joint decisions collective leader
  12. 12. European IntegrationFocus on discourse patterns
  13. 13. The European Union (EU) is a family of democratic European countriesworking together to improve life for their citizens and to build a better world. Family squabbles and occasional crises are what make the news headlines,but away from the cameras the EU is actually a remarkable success story. Injust over half a century it has delivered peace and prosperity in Europe, asingle European currency (the euro) and a frontier-free ‘single market’ wheregoods, people, services and capital move around freely. It has become amajor trading power, and a world leader in fields such as environmentalprotection and development aid. No wonder it has grown from six to 27members and more countries want to join. ... The European Union (EU) is unique. It is not a federal state like the UnitedStates of America because its member countries remain independentsovereign nations. Nor is it a purely intergovernmental organisation like theUnited Nations because the member countries do pool some of theirsovereignty — and thus gain much greater collective strength and influencethan they could have acting individually. They pool their sovereignty by taking joint decisions through sharedinstitutions such as the European Parliament, which is elected by the EU citizens,and the Council, which represents national government. They decide on thebasis of proposals from the European Commission, which represent theinterests of the EU as a whole.
  14. 14. Language of… Democracy: ‘democratic’, ‘joint decisions’, ‘shared decisions institutions’ Power: ‘strength’, ‘grown’, ‘world leader’ Success: ‘has grown’, ‘better world’, ‘peace and prosperity’ Problems are trivialised: ‘occasional crises’, ‘family squabbles’
  15. 15. Euro-scepticismListening tasks
  16. 16. Farage on Poland, Greece and EUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoAtCs7wXHY
  17. 17. According to Nigel Farage Poland should remain outside the EU of they want to retain sovereignty. Other countries are considering the same e.g. Denmark is reconsidering the Schengen agreement. Greece has been enslaved. European countries should work together, but without the EU bureaucracy.
  18. 18. Farage on Van Rompuyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqovTGjYjM4.
  19. 19. Intensive ListeningExtract 0:45 – 1:35
  20. 20. And public opinion is saying, well space walks whilstthey want a European co-operation, yes of course Iagree with that,what they don’t want is this Europe, rom run by ourelected unelected bureaucrats, like Mr. Barozo.You say the ear was the EU is fantastic, in a recentcomment; you’re supporting the destruction ofnational democracy.
  21. 21. But it’s with reference to grace Greece that I’m mostconcerned about you,because when faced with every cynon statement,their recent enslavement you said “we lived for manyyears as a non-sovereign country, under Sovietoccupation. For us European integration is not athreat to sovereignty, because we experienced,not long ago, stationary a threat to also printed aserious threat to our sovereignty”.
  22. 22. Writing tasksHomework
  23. 23. Choose one of the following tasksa) Using the text on page 1 as a loose model, write a description of the EU from a critical perspective.b) Write a report on Mr. Farage’s statement at the European parliament, adding your own opinion. You may choose to agree or disagree with what he said.c) Using the table above, summarise the way you and your classmates feel about the issues that Nigel Farage raised.
  24. 24. Assignment Approximately 200 words. Hard copy or email (<redacted>) By Wednesday 23 November.
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