"United in Diversity"
On 9 May 1950, the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made the first move towards the creation of what we now know as the European Union. He read a declaration to the international press in Paris, calling on France, Germany and other European countries to pool their coal and steel production as "the first concrete foundation of a European federation". It is remarkable that only five years after the end of the most dreadful conflict in Europe, the Second World War, he proposed the creation of a supranational European institution, to take charge of the coal and steel industry, the very sector which had made the war possible. The countries which he called upon had almost destroyed each other, and reconciliation was a brave thing to imagine at that time.
With the following map, we are going to work on C3 matching the name of the countries, her capital, currency (if you know the former one, add it please) and language.
If they find it difficult, just click on the following web and play as you like. I have chosen capitals without a hint. And remember a perfect European should be... with this topic, we are going to discuss common places among the Europeans; you can have a look at the poster, which I saw for the first time at my language school in Bristol or watch the video.
As homework we are going to do the following webquest.
1. When was the European Community / Common Market established?
2. Where does the European Parliament meet?
3. How many countries are there in the European Union?
4. How many languages are spoken in the EU?
5. Which are the official languages of the EU?
6. When did Spain join the European Union?
7. Which are the largest and the smallest member states of the EU in terms of population?
8. Which are the largest and the smallest member states of the EU in terms of size?
9. Name at least five of the many institutions in the European Union?
10. What are the symbols of the European Union?
11. What is the European Emblem?
12. Who is the composer of the European Anthem?