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ERIC Number: EJ936448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
The Greek Key: Getting Acquainted in Athens
Augeri, Hunter; Efstathiou, Eirene; Michou, Maria; Sanders, Jan Motyka
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v20 spec iss p121-136 Spr 2011
Greece conjures up images of idyllic island landscapes, turquoise seas and venerable mythic deeds set among majestic monuments. These notions are, moreover, often associated with a history, religious culture and language that are ancient. Tourist posters and national sentiment aside, today the Hellenic Republic is a country that is as much European as it is Mediterranean, Levantine, and Balkan. In other words, it defies categorization. This multiple identity gives educators a remarkable tool when working with study abroad students who find their way to Greece because, no matter what expectations or assumptions a student may travel with, they are rarely met once the student reaches Athens. In fact, these mis-expectations are perfectly situated to act as one half of a double exposure: what do the students expect to see--if they can articulate it at all--and what do they actually encounter? This article uses The Greek Key: Experiencing Athens as a Cultural Landscape, a required course at the Arcadia University College of Global Studies' program in Athens, as an arena in which to address this question and suggest pedagogical strategies for helping students reconcile the expectations about Athens and Athens' realities. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece (Athens)