Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Write Your Way to the USA!

The "Famous Greeks and Americans" Essay Contest

What is the Contest about?

Developed by the Hellenic American Union in cooperation with the American Corner at the Hellenic American Union Library, the "Famous Greeks and Americans" Essay Contest is a fun and creative learning event for all students of English as a Foreign Language who are preparing for the ECCE. The Contest invites them to write a creative and original essay on famous Greeks or Americans, focusing on the theme of “Liberty and the Pursuit of Freedom”.

What kind of materials will Language Schools receive?

All Schools that enter their students in the Contest will receive, free of charge, specially designed, stimulating and original learning materials that focus on the lives, times and achievements of famous Greeks and Americans. The materials will be in ECCE test format and will approximate the difficulty level of the ECCE test. There will be some extra, non-test sections for additional creative learning opportunities. The materials will help improve the students' familiarity with the test taking experience and the ECCE level, thus providing an enriching and useful learning tool.

What will students gain?
  • Enhanced support and training for the ECCE
  • Development of their writing skills
  • Experience of participation in a writing contest
  • Many prizes:
    • Grand Prize: Travel to/from and five-night accommodation for two persons (winner and legal guardian) in a city of the winner’s choice anywhere in the continental United States
    • 2nd Prize: One home computer system, including monitor and pre-installed Microsoft software
    • 3rd-10th Prize: One MP3 for each winner and one user license for the online digital encyclopedias World Book Kids and World Book Reference Center
    • 11th-30th Prize: One user license for the online digital encyclopedias World Book Kids and World Book Reference Center for each winner

When and where will the Contest be organized?

October 2008 through February 2009, throughout Greece.

Important dates for Language Schools?
  • 15 October 2008: Deadline to register students for the Contest
  • 28 November 2008: Deadline to submit participating students' essays to the Hellenic American Union
For more information visit the contest's webpage at:


(source: HAU)