Appendix 1. The narrative text (translated in English) and the reading comprehension questions
Welcome Small Tree
The trees have arrived within a truck along with the teacher (The teacher arrived with them). The old classmate run, came through the difficulties and the bureaucracy, got over the "please come tomorrow to sign", the signature was appended the forth day after Christmas the small trees were loaded. The teacher sent a telegram to the mayor and a lot of people and all the children were waiting in the square. The teacher could not imagine such a welcome. There were written words on burlaps such as “Welcome small tree”, “hurray green”, “green is LIFE”. And the burlaps, pinned on wood, were waving in the wind, which was down there to welcome the small trees in his turn. A music “band”- Thanasis with his flute, five children with triangles, the carnival drum played a piece that no one knew, even the players didn’t know it.
In this indescribable atmosphere the trees were unloaded, and the teacher climbed down (the truck).
-Hurray our teacher! The kids screamed when they saw him.
The teacher was embarrassed, he stumbled. But he regained his composure at once. (But he recovered his cool/sangfroid in a tick/straight away/straight off.)
-Hurray the teacher who has such pupils! he replied back.
This conversation (speaking/talk) was followed by clapping, the teacher was clapping too, the “band” was playing (striking up) the unknown melody, and people were really having a great time. The trees were unloaded from the truck, the children run hand in hand, and unloaded the trees as if they were infants or crystals. Their roots were in plastic bags, and they were so small-twenty centimeters according to Thanasis-that they frightened you, as if you will make an awkward move and break them. (285 words / 236 Greek words)
Reading Comprehension Questions
1. How does the writer describe the welcome that the teacher received?
2. How did the teacher manage to overcome bureaucracy?
3. How did the teacher feel with the children’s welcome?
4. How are the trees described?
Appendix 2. The informational text (translated in English) and the reading comprehension questions
In January 2001 a new currency was welcomed in Europe: euro. Euro replaced the national currency of the countries which belong to the EMU (Economic and Monetary Union). The twelve countries using euro are the following: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Holland, Portugal, Spain and Greece.
Euro facilitates commercial transactions among the countries as well as tourism. If someone wishes to travel to these countries, it is not necessary to visit the bank for a foreign exchange transaction, as in the past. Moreover, it will be easier to compare the various goods being sold within the countries of euro area and buy from the most advantageous place.
The new currency is divided into eight coins and seven banknotes of different value. Each country has chosen different characteristic symbols for the one side of the coins, whereas the banknotes are the same for all countries and at the back side there are images of gates and arches, symbols of unity and cooperation between people. In the front side of each paper note there is the geographical contour of Europe and a bridge that symbolizes the relations between the countries and their people.
The different coins, however, could be used without limitations in all countries.
One euro is divided in 100 cents or eurocents. This means that we need to calculate with decimal numbers also. (226 words / 228 Greek words)
Reading Comprehension Questions
1. What currencies have been replaced by Euro?
2. How many coins and banknotes does the new currency comprise?
3. What are the advantages of the new currency in the commercial transactions and in tourism across European countries?
4. How are the symbols depicted on the coins and banknotes in all European countries?
Appendix 3. The main questions of retrospective interviews
1. Tell me what were you thinking about while you were reading? Why…
2. What were the major difficulties you faced while reading the text?
3. Did you meet any difficulties in comprehending the text?
4. Did you meet unknown words? What do you do when meeting unknown words?
5. How do you confront the difficulties you encounter in certain parts of the text?
6. How do you usually deal with a reading text?
7. Did you use the prior knowledge to understand the meaning of this reading text? For example, did you help from what you knew about Euro in order to understand the meaning of the text?
8. What do you do for a better comprehension of a reading text?
9. When you do not understand a part of a text while reading, what do you think?
10. Which aspects of reading would you like to improve?