The final international conference ‘Challenges for Seniors – Foreign Language and ICT Skills for Active Life’ with the cross-cultural ‘Get-together’ event to present the project, its products and results to the beneficiaries was organized in Vilnius, Lithuania on 28-29 June 2017. In addition to the project partners and seniors from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland, the representatives from different Lithuanian senior associations and organizations, adult education institutions, local authorities, language and IT teaching institutions participated in these final project events.
On 28th June 2017 the ‘Get Together Event’ started with the most beautiful songs of the MCTAU vocal ensemble ‘Ave Musica’ (led by prof. dr. Rita Aleknaitė-Bieliauskienė, solo singer – prof. dr. Antanas Kiveris). The folk song ensemble ‘Volungė’ (led by the famous singer Lilijana Ablėnaitė) prepared a really warm and cheerful programme with songs of various profiles. Project partners and seniors from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland brought their national specialities, food and drinks, presented their traditions of celebrating Midsummer Night, communicated with each other, sang national songs and danced a lot. At the end of the evening all the participants were given an unexpected surprise from the representative of ‘Anmiro Oy’ (FI), Jukka Kallio, who performed a few classical songs.
On 29th June 2017 the conference was opened with welcoming words from Daiva Malinauskiene, Soros International House (SIH) director and the project coordinator, and Edita Trečiokienė, a representative of the Education Exchange Support Foundation.
The key speakers Aldona Reksniene, Vice Rector of MCTAU, presented the main activities of Medardas Cobotas Third Ade University, and Elena Trepulė, Vice Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University, spoke about advanced age learning problems and suggested how to solve them by using modern technology. Then the conference participants and guests were introduced to the ideas and results of the project Seniors On-line and its main output, the e-book „English and the ICT Skills for Life“ by D. Malinauskiene, the project coordinator. Later it was really interesting to hear the seniors’ reflections on the results of the Integrated English Language and ICT Course for Seniors from each partner country. During 2 parallel workshops (one for seniors and another for teachers/adult educators), moderated by SIH English teachers Kristina Kudriašova and Aušra Nakas, the participants were given the opportunity to learn more about the integrated teaching of Language and ICT.
The conference was moderated by Irena Navickienė, Vise President of Language Teachers' Association of Lithuania, and summarised by Lana Radcenko and Anna Zabicka, - the project partners from ‘Eurofortis’ (LV) .
The conference was a real success and the feedback from the events was great.
All detailed information with the agenda and the presentations can be found here: www.seniorsonline.eu/en/project-outputs
The project Seniors Online provided English language and ICT-training for senior citizens from the city of Raisio, Finland, during last Autumn and in the beginning of this year. Anmiro Oy - the Finnish partner in the project - arranged a final exploitation and dissemination seminar for seniors in Raisio Library on 31st May 2017.
The Seniors On-line seminar of created E-Book took place on May 31, 2017 in Ādaži, Latvia. To better understand principles and mechanisms of the e-book seniors used their own laptops – they tried listening materials, checked English phrases, and looked through additional links of sources, e.g., dictionaries included in several chapters. Some seniors said they will definitely use E-Book for further self-learning.
The seminar aimed to, first of all, present the eBook, but also enabled seniors practise the ICT skills they gained during their earlier training course.
On the 16th of May, SIH together with its associated partner Medardas Čobotas Third Age University, organised an exploitation seminar, during which the main project output - an eBook “English and the ICT Skills for Life” as well as the other project’s achievements were presented.
The Conference participants, especially representatives of Third Age Universities were very much interested to hear about an upcoming Seniors On-line project results exploitation seminar, during which an eBook “English and the ICT Skills for Life” will be launched, as well as the Final Seniors On-line conference “Challenges for Seniors - Foreign Language and ITC Skills for an Active Life”.