O. Babenko, O. Kuzmina, L. Yusupova

Kazan (the Volga region) Federal University (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
Current modern challenges connected with terrorism open new angles of prevention work with students at universities: teachers have to take care not only about anti-drug-addiction and anti-alcoholism work but also dwell on possible solutions of radical ideas that might possibly invade the minds of youngsters.

One may suppose that it is obviously too late to influence students - young adults - and even claim it might be absolutely unnecessary. Let us totally disagree with that: it can be easily proved at classes when students demonstrate their willingness to develop and promote the topics of the importance of enhancing sport, art, music, creativity and a strong life-position within young people. The things mentioned can be happily opposed to radicalism that mostly grows from the abundance of free time.

The problem we are facing nowadays should be discussed at all levels, with all age groups, with people of different backgrounds, nationalities, religions, political views, etc. You cannot stand aside and be indifferent because it touches upon the planet future, the future of our children. And students can become the leading movement against anti-human, anti-civilization radicalism. Being young and active, they can set up flash-mobs attracting attention to this contemporary challenge of humanity, they can enhance ideas of dynamic life-style free from drugs, alcohol-addiction, extremism.

By all means, it is quite difficult to organize a flash-mob at the English lesson, however teaching a foreign language can offer numerous ways of the troubleshooting: debating (involving team-work), projects (oriented at enlightening ideas of true traditional religions - unlike the false-one imposed by extremists), student round tables (providing discussions on breakdowns extremism can bring and possible ways of its overcoming), educative excursions to places of terrorist attacks and museums (telling about people killed in wars provoked by someone's radicalism - like World War I and World War II), interviews with famous people holding to a vivid position of human values support, surveys based on students' personal investigations about world dramatic changes due to extremism, article writing (which helps to shape your personal sound attitude to violence produced by extremists) and so on. The English language can help here as a wide-spread international language uniting student communities from other countries.

Young people are talented enough to invent slogans and use them in social nets - as long as Internet has also become the ground of anti-extremistic battles. These slogans are initially discussed in class and among a number of variants the most eye-catching is chosen, f.e. "Choosing violence, you are choosing hell".

Finally, having all the above mentioned in mind, we can come to the conclusion that students should be widely attracted to looking for anti-extremist solutions. Moreover, we strongly believe that they can use modern technologies better, so they can do everything faster - especially if they know a foreign language.