• Cyber-seniors
  • Saffron Cassaday
  • Kanada
  • 2014
  • 52 min.
  • titulky
  • 13—21 let
Audio-visual lessons

Lesson objectives

  1. To be aware not only of generational differences but also of the fact that different generations can enrich each other
  2. To think about an individual’s place in society and the possibilities to enforce or realise one’s intention regardless of age
  3. To develop respect and positive attitudes towards senior citizens

Shura (88) is a vital senior who makes funny home cooking videos and posts them on YouTube. At the age of 93, Marion performs in a clip where she raps perfectly for the first time. For Ellard (89), skyping with his daughter and chatting with people on Facebook becomes very much a hobby. Until a few months ago, they did not know any of the current virtual networking concepts and could only switch the computer on and off. High school students involved in the Cyber-Seniors project helped them to acquire new know-how, which often turned their lives upside down. The young people patiently explained to people from older generations about how to work with computers from the ground up and, at the end, they all agreed that this experience had brought them together. In addition, the young people are happy that senior citizens, often at risk of social isolation, are now able to establish and maintain new or long-lost contacts. The inspirational film shows how creatively the generation gap can be bridged and confirms that age is only a psychological barrier to learning.


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Recommended age group

13—21 years

Thematic area

Výuka jazyků


Výuka angličtiny / English

Teaching materials

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Between the generations

Activity / B1/B2+ / 90 min

Students will:

  • learn vocabulary related to the use of the Internet
  • strengthen their listening skills and their comprehension of a different English accent
  • develop respect and positive attitudes towards senior citizens

Questions and Answers

Informational texts

  • senior citizens in the Czech Republic and in Canada
  • leisure activities for seniors
  • technologies and generation gap 

UPDATED: How to reflect on emotions after the film screening

Informational texts

  • Why is it important to reflect on emotions?
  • Basic methods of reflection
  • From reflection to discussion

Jak pracovat s audiovizuálními materiály

  • instruktážní film
  • rady a doporučení
  • manuál
  • obecné aktivity

Teaching with documentaries: Methodological handbook

Handbook containing a collection of comprehensive activities designed for teaching with documentaries, along with the OWIS theoretical framework for English lessons.

Accompanying and recommended materials

Cyber-seniors documentary

Website of the Cyber-seniors project.

Elpida (CZ)

Project focusing on assistance and development of senior citizens in the Czech Republic.

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Lesson partners