By the end of the course, students of Pastoral studies will have acquired the desired language skills and means useful to any possible postgraduate studies they may follow later on, that is:
They will have certainly a)improved their overall linguistic performance and competence through the ESP teaching medium,
b) enhanced class interaction as well.
All these skills and linguistic means will advantageously contribute to their successful future academic and professional careers.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Selected theological texts relevant to the students' specialty. More specific, the course deals with the following areas:
- Saints' lives (1st & 2nd week)
- Church Calendar (Indiction, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross e.t.c), Holy Sacraments (eg Christening) - 3rd & 4th week
- the CREED, the Sunday prayer, parables from the Bible (KJB) - 5th & 6th week
- church architecture pf Christian churches, emphasis on the Orthodox architecture(7th week)
- the Interior of the Orthodox church and its furnishings with its symbolic connotation - 8th week
- the Sanctuary's accessories and the sacred vessels used in the Holy Communion - 9th & 10th week
- the Sacred vestments of the Clergy - 11th & 12th week
- finally, some Christian symbols and their deeper symbolism - 13th week
Students' exposure to a different linguistic environment contributes to the refreshing of their English with emphasis on both: a) the semantic comprehension and vocabulary conception of the texts, b) the consolidation and strengthening of the basic theological terms of their specialty. Besides, they exercise themselves in the production of written discourse in the form of summaries after comprehending the text in question
Saints, Bible, Sacraments, church decoration and architecture, the Creed, Christian symbols