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Win a Greek Language Course

by Vicki Preston, May 2002
Do you often find yourself wishing that you could communicate more effectively in the Greek language? Frustrated that you can't adequately explain something that is important to you? Afraid to apply for a job or offer your help to someone or become involved in an activity because you don't expect to understand or be understood?

DIKEMES (The International Center for Hellenic & Mediterranean Studies) has been conducting its highly-acclaimed summer Modern Greek language programmes on Paros for the past six years. Based in Athens, DIKEMES is a non-profit educational institution that promotes the study of the culture of Greece, both ancient and modern, and the Mediterranean world. It addresses university students from North America and Europe, foreign visitors, and the English-speaking community of Greece.

This summer, they will be running two programmes: #102 (June 17-July 5) and #103 (July 8-26), both offering Beginning and Intermediate courses. In addition, the #102 Programme will have a course on 20th Century Greek Poetry - Cavafy, Seferis, Elytis, and Ritsos. The #103 Programme will also offer two Advanced Modern Greek courses. The first will concentrate on grammar and sentence formation with class presentations. The second will be for those prepared to do extensive reading of newspapers, articles, and texts. The head instructors are the authors of the well-known and widely-used textbook series 'Greek Now', Dimitra Dimitra (who will head #102) and Marinetta Papahimona (who will conduct #103). Those with some experience of Greek will be sent a placement exam, which they should return before the course begins.

DIKEMES is again opening its summer Modern Greek Language courses on Paros to the island's permanent residents at the special price of 650 Euro.

This year readers of Paros Life have a unique opportunity to win a free place on the DIKEMES summer course of their choice. We are running a competition asking readers to send in a piece of writing that shares some special knowledge or experience that they have gained about Paros and that would be useful and of interest to others in the international community on the island. The article should be in English, approximately 1000 words in length and may (but does not have to) include a photograph or diagram by way of illustration.

All entries must be received by the deadline of 20th May. The winner will be informed by 31st May, so that you may still have the chance to register on the course if you do not win the competition but still want to attend. The winning article will be published in the June edition of Paros Life. Runner-up entries will be published in later editions and will receive a year's free subscription to Paros Life.

There is a possibility, however, that this year's DIKEMES programme may have to be cancelled as, due to the global situation, enrolment is so far very low. In that case, the winner will have to defer the prize until next year.

Please see the complete rules of the competition below.

So, start writing, folks !

Competition Rules

1. Deadline for entries is Monday, 20th May 2002.

2. Articles submitted must be in the English language and be the original work of the author. Articles should be approximately 1000 words in length and may (but do not have to) include a photograph or diagram by way of illustration.

3. Each entry must include the name, address and telephone number of the author and either be mailed to: Paros Life Writing Competition, PO Box 112, Paros 84400, Greece or emailed to info@paroslife.com. Photographs or diagrams submitted electronically should be in .JPG format.

4. Multiple entries are allowed.

5. The competition is open to all readers of Paros Life except past or present employees of Paros Life and their immediate families.

6. Articles submitted become the property of Paros Life, may be subject to editing and may be published in future editions.

7. Winners will be chosen by Paros Life and notified by telephone by 31st May 2002. Each article will be judged primarily for its overall usefulness and interest to the international community of Paros, rather than its writing style or fluency.

8. The winner of the first prize will receive a free place worth 650 Euro on the DIKEMES 2002 summer course of their choice, unless the 2002 programme is cancelled in which case the prize will be deferred until 2003. Runners-up will receive one year's free subscription to Paros Life.

9. By entering this contest entrants agree to be bound by these rules and regulations and by all decisions of Paros Life and its judges, whose decisions are binding and final. Entrants agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error in the Competition Rules or the Competition itself.

10. Entering the competition and/or acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for Paros Life to use the content of submitted articles, without further compensation, worldwide and in perpetuity in any and all forms of media, now known and hereafter devised, including online and without limitation.

Any entry that fails to comply with these rules will be disqualified.

During the year DIKEMES conducts full year and semester university-level programmes in Athens. In addition to Modern Greek, it offers a range of other intensive summer programs covering topics from ancient art and archaeology, religion and mythology to ethnography.
For more information on these programmes see the enclosed flyer or contact DIKEMES directly by telephone on 010 7560-749; fax: 010 7561-497 or email, programs@dikemes.gr, website www.dikemes.gr.
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