ERIC Number: ED243470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
English by Radio: Implications for Non-Formal Language Education. Occasional Paper #12.
Imhoof, Maurice; And Others
A 5-year research and development program, known as the Radio Language Arts Project (RLAP), was conducted in Kenya to develop, implement, and test the effectiveness of an instructional system that uses radio to teach English as a foreign language in the first three grades of primary school. The initial project year was spent in establishing and field testing the RLAP program. Beginning in 1982, daily 30-minute English lessons were broadcast to grade 1 students in 31 project schools located in 7 districts. Grade 2 lessons were broadcast to the same group of children in 1983, and grade 3 lessons in 1984. Radio was the major medium of instruction, but teachers had an important role during the broadcasts, as well as in pre- and post-broadcast activities. Based on initial results from a standard achievement test and on results from a questionnaire distributed to teachers and headmasters after the first year of broadcasting, it was found that students showed substantial achievement gains and that the program was very well received by school personnel. This publication discusses the use of instructional radio in various Third World countries; it also describes radio's effectiveness in classroom language teaching, using RLAP as a case study, and suggests implications of the RLAP instructional radio methodology for nonformal language education. An 11-item bibliography and background information on the authors are provided. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Bureau for Development Support.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Inc., Washington, DC. Information Center on Instructional Technology.; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Non-Formal Education Information Center.
Identifiers: Kenya; Radio Language Arts Project (Kenya)