Who We Are?
Seniors On-line is a two-year Baltic-Nordic project focused on ICT and English language learning for active aging.
Launched in August 2015 the initiative is supported by the Nordplus Adult Programme. It is implemented by a consortium of four partner organisations from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland.
What Is Our Aim?
The project aims to strengthen English language and ICT skills of the seniors from Nordic and Baltic countries in order to help them overcome the challenges arising from the fairs of cultivating these skills in practice, foster communication between different cultures as well as create a solid background for seniors to apply newly gained competences in their everyday lives after the end of the project.
Who Can Participate?
Seniors from partner countries willing to improve their English language and digital skills.
Why Is It Worth To Participate?
- to improve digital and English language skills
- to foster communicative competence
- to increase interest in, knowledge and understanding of different Baltic and Nordic cultures
- to get the possibility for international communication
- to increase motivation for active participation in social life
- to encourage personal development
- to foster creativity and self-confidence
- to establish new contacts and make new friends from Nordic and Baltic countries
- to get trained with skills and resources needed for intercultural communication within Nordic and Baltic countries.
Main Implementation Steps
- Development of a 60 hour integrated learning programme
- Forming the groups of learners
- Implementing the integrated learning programme in each partner country – courses for the seniors covering face-to-face lessons and online communication with teachers, making short videos on a chosen topic, as well as international online and face-to-face communication with peers form other partner countries
- Organising partner meetings to discuss the progress of the project
- Organising international workshop for the project participants – senior learners in Tallinn
- Developing the final product of the project – an e-Book (downloadable version) containing language and ICT skills teaching methodology based on attractive animation and a short film, documenting seniors’ classroom experience in dialogue simulations of different real life situations, supplemented with samples of learning materials and methodologies used in teaching a foreign language to seniors. There will be presentations on each partner country and sharing experiences gained by seniors during the implementation of the project. The e-Book will be available on the project website for any organization and institution working in the field of senior education, social inclusion, language teaching to use it as a supplementary material in their work and for seniors as a self-learning tool
- Organising local exploitation seminars for senior communities and associations, language and IT teaching professionals in all partner countries where the project participants will present their achievements and share experiences of participating in the project activities
- Organising the final international conference with cross-cultural ‘Get-together’ event for senior associations and organizations, adult education institutions, local authorities, language and IT teaching institutions, etc. to present the project, its products and results to the beneficiaries.
The main result of the project will be strengthened seniors’ English language as well as ICT skills necessary for their everyday life activities such as travelling, on-line communication with relatives and friends, processing their payments, making appointments with the doctors, managing insurance issues, booking tickets online, etc.
At the same time seniors will become more motivated and self-confident to apply the newly gained skills in their everyday life by overcoming the challenges and fairs related to using them in practice. Seniors will also increase their knowledge and understanding of different Baltic and Nordic cultures. Moreover, it is expected that seniors will start a long lasting friendship with their international on-line friends from partner countries.
The project will also help to promote an idea of lifelong learning on an organizational as well as regional level. The partner institutions will highly contribute to the innovation and variety of seniors’ social and everyday life, by sharing and exchanging their experiences in the field of adult education and offering new cross-cultural perspective.
Moreover, the awareness of general society on the needs of successful ageing and active socialization in elderly age will be promoted in the Nordic/Baltic region and new networking possibilities will be created.