[lg policy] Edling Digest, Vol 7, Issue 22

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 11 16:41:57 UTC 2013

Forwarded From:   edling at bunner.geol.lu.se

Today's Topics:

   1. Petition: Save the foreign language departments of the
      University of Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece (Bessie Mitsikopoulou)
   2. Call for Poster Proposals: CATESOL April Workshop,        So.
      California (H. Alexander)


Message: 1
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:13:28 +0200
From: "Bessie Mitsikopoulou" <mbessie at enl.uoa.gr>
Subject: [Edling] Petition: Save the foreign language departments of
        the     University of Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece
To: "'The Educational Linguistics List'" <edling at bunner.geol.lu.se>
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Dear colleagues,

we need your support, please sign our petition at


and spread the word


Based on financial logistics rather than on criteria of academic excellence,
the  ATHENA scheme of the Greek government regarding University Education
calls for the merging of the Departments of English, French, German,
Italian, and Spanish Languages and Literatures, into a single "Department of
Foreign Languages and Literature" [sic] at the National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The above Departments have a long-standing tradition in teaching and
research within the framework of autonomous programmes of academic studies.
Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as research in
these Departments, covers distinct disciplines of literary and
theoretical/applied linguistic studies, always in fruitful dialogue with the
sociocultural context in which these disciplines develop. The ATHENA scheme
will turn our Departments into a huge and misleadingly-named new "Department
of Foreign Languages and Literature," with five language-based "directions".
Inevitably, this will lead to language degrees with limited value, lack of
educational standards and professional training.

Therefore, we the professorial staff of the aforementioned Departments are
opposed to the proposed merger and request from the Minister of Education to
respect and preserve each Department's autonomy, tradition and its valuable
contributions to society and the European mission.

Bessie Mitsikopoulou


Bessie Mitsikopoulou, Associate Professor

Faculty of English Language and Literature

School of Philosophy

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Panepistimioupoli Zographou, Athens, GR-15784

Tel.: 210 727 7705

Email: mbessie at enl.uoa.gr


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Message: 2
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:37:32 -0800
From: "H. Alexander" <halexander at exchange.fullerton.edu>
Subject: [Edling] Call for Poster Proposals: CATESOL April Workshop,
        So. California
To: The Educational Linguistics List <edling at bunner.geol.lu.se>
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Apologies for cross-posting.


Calling all graduate students, teachers, and ESL professionals! Share your
knowledge, experience, and methods with your fellow practitioners by giving
a poster presentation at the OC CATESOL Chapter Spring Workshop to be held
April 6th, 2013 at Biola University in Southern California! Your topic may
cover any aspect of ESL teaching or curriculum including language use
and/or in-class activities. Please submit your proposal via email to Helen
Alexander at halexander at fullerton.edu.  Include the title (10 words or
less), an abstract (30 words or less), and a summary of your poster
presentation (including topic, audience, the rationale and central aim of
your poster, and a clear description of the activities or information that
you will include, no more than 150 words. If a reference list is needed, it
will not count toward the word count but will need to be in APA format).
Accepted posters must be free-standing. The deadline for submissions is
March 24th by 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please email Helen at halexander at fullerton.edu.
Thank you!


*Helen Alexander*

*Lecturer, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

*Lecturer, American Language Program*

*Pollak Library North 221B, P.O. Box 6830*

*California State University, Fullerton*

*Fullerton, CA 92634-6830*


*halexander at fullerton.edu
<toconnell at fullerton.edu> *

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