ERIC Number: ED195774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Languages from the BBC. Research into Courses for Adults.
This paper provides a comparative summary of the salient features of recent research projects in the area of continuing education language courses and considers the implications of trends which emerge. Chapter 1 briefly summarizes investigations to date, both by the BBC Audience Research Unit and other research institutions. Chapter 2 presents an audience profile (age and sex, occupation, education, previous study of languages, reasons for learning, drop out) and summaries of learners' reactions to eight individual BBC courses. In chapter 3 are listed advantages of radio and television as media for language courses as summarized in the BBC publication, Teaching Languages. Chapter 4 concentrates on developments in the pedagogy and presentational style of language programs and also discusses current attempts to combat drop out. Chapter 4 presents a summary of research findings and suggestions for the future in the areas of program planning for various languages and learner support. The appendix contains tables for BBC language programs regarding course book sales, age, occupation, education, reasons for learning, previous experience in language learning, drop out rate, and reasons for dropping out. (YLB)
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Educational Radio, Educational Research, Educational Television, Participant Characteristics, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Broadcasting Corp., London (England).