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Fears and Hopes - a webquest

Prepared by Ewelina Becza³a and Magdalena Kopeæ from Poland, Vida Vidmar from Slovenia

Fears and Hopes

Look at the cartoon and identify the countries involved. Which of the countries are “new members” and which “old members” of the EU? What is the attitude of the two “old member states” towards the “new member state”? To get a better understanding read the caption below the cartoon.

Copyright: Saso Jankovic, 2004

A: “Well, now you are ours, but you´ll have to wait another seven years in the cot!”
I: “In the meantime, our fighter planes will protect you.”

Visit the site: http://www.karikatur-cartoon.de/boureau/eng_boureau64_eu.htm, look at some more cartoons and decide whether the attitude among the “new and old” member states changes in perspective to the above one.

 

TASK

You are part of an international group of reporters taking part in a project regarding “New Europeans”. You have been asked to investigate four of the ten new member states of the EU and to report on the problems they anticipated, as well as their expectations before and after the accession.

There are steps 6 to the webquest:

  1. Find out general information about the four countries.
  2. Find out peoples’ opinions about the accession of the new members to the EU.
  3. On the basis of the Polish example, list advantages and disadvantages of joining the EU and report them to your partner.
  4. Answer questions on a  text entitled “Is English threatening the Czech language?”
  5. Write a report for the New Europe Magazine about your findings.
  6.  Present your opinion in a panel discussion.

Before you start, look at  a map of the EU member states and new candidates visit the web page: http://www.eurunion.org/legislat/agd2000/agd2000.htm


You will also have to make sure you are familiar with these terms.

Communism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism
EU Institutions http://europa.eu.int/institutions/index_en.htm
European Constitution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_establishing_a_constitution_for_Europe
NATO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO
PHARE http://europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement/pas/phare/index.htm
Schengen Treaty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Treaty 

For vocabulary check the link below.
http://dictionary.reference.com/


PART ONE

Choose four of the ten new member states - Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia - and complete the fact file below:

 

Name of the country

 

 

 

 

Capital city

 

 

 

 

 

Population

 

 

 

 

 

President

 

 

 

 

 

Prime Minister

 

 

 

 

 

Official Language(s)

 

 

 

 

Currency

 

 

 

 

 

Religion

 

 

 

 

 

Link: http://europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement/candidate.htm

 

PART TWO

                  

Follow the link and go to “We’ve been waiting for it for 55 years.”

 

Student 1: read the introduction and “The great influence of referendum.”

Student 2: read “The pragmatic way of thinking.”

Student 3: read “Indifference towards EU.”

Student 4: read “The influence of the fourth group.”

Report to your group on what you have read and fill in the table below. Think of possible names for the groups of people you have read about.

Name of the group

 

 

 

 

Characteristic features

 

 

 

 

Fears and Hopes

 

 

 

 

 

PART THREE


Picture by Gabi Korput

 

Read about Poland, one of the new member states of the EU. Work in pairs to complete the table below.

Student A: go to http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art5388.asp ; list the advantages of joining the EU

Student B:  go to http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art8108.asp ; list the disadvantages of joining the EU that are mentioned in the text.


Report your findings to your partner.

Advantages

 

Disadvantages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART FOUR

     

 

 

Now go to “Is English threatening the Czech language?” and read or read and listen to the text to find the answers to the following questions.

  1. How present is the English language in the public life of the Czechs?
  2. What are the reasons for using the English language in shops, on products and in advertising?
  3. What do the Czechs think of the extensive usage of English equivalents for mother tongue ones?

 

PART FIVE

Write the report on your findings following the steps of the webquest. The title is “The new Europe versus the old one”. For more information on report writing go to:

http://www.cambridgeesol.org/teach/fce/writing/aboutthepaper/part2/report_checklist.cfm
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/report/explorer/rubric.shtml

 

PART SIX

In groups of four, on the basis of what you have read state and support your opinion on the fears and expectations regarding joining the EU.


SELF- EVALUATION

After having completed the task and written the report, answer the following questions to help you write the self-evaluation report in 150 words:

  1. What have you learned regarding the theme “old” and “new” European member states?
  2. Have you learned anything which might be useful to you personally?
  3. How have you contributed to the group and the discussion?
  4. How have you developed your active vocabulary?
  5. Finally, think about the title and state your own opinion.

USEFUL LINKS

For more information on the EU

http://www.europarl.eu.int/enlargement/default_en.htm
http://europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement/links/index.htm
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/European%20Union
http://www.questia.com/Index.jsp?CRID=european_union&OFFID=se1&KEY=european_union
http://europa.eu.int/comm/enlargement/index_en.html
http://europa.eu.int/index_en.htm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/flash/0,5860,408196,00.html
http://europa.eu.int/


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