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E-Learning Course in a Foreign Language as a Means of Improving Well-Being Environment for Active Agers

  • Elena M. Pokrovskaya
  • Lyudmila E. Lychkovskaya
  • Varvara A. MolodtsovaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 907)

Abstract

The article deals with an issue of ageing population. The authors define the notion of active third agers. The article describes the ageing policy in Russia. The problem is a contradiction between a significant increase in life expectancy, in other words, civilization entered the third age, and social prejudices that prevent older people from achieving a higher quality of life. An e-learning course in a foreign language is viewed as a means of improving well-being environment for active agers. The authors specify the role of a university in the ageing policy and comfortable barrier-free environment development taking the example of Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics that provides a high-quality platform for sociocultural changes. The project “English for Active Third Agers” is described in terms of its aim, objectives, and methodology. It facilitates the promotion of education importance throughout entire life (life-long learning), popularizes foreign language learning, and improves the quality of life for third agers.

Keywords

Active ager Third age Foreign language learning E-learning course Well-being 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The English for Active Third Agers project (application №CЗИ180000285) is supported by Vladimir Potanin Foundation and is the winner of the competition of socially important initiatives in 2018 in the Professional Realization nomination [13].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tomsk State University of Control Systems and RadioelectronicsTomskRussian Federation
  2. 2.Moscow Polytechnic UniversityMoscowRussian Federation

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