The British Council with sponsorship from Standard Chartered Bank in Sierra Leone and in partnership with Plan Sierra Leone is starting to support English teaching and learning in Sierra Leone, using radio. The launch of these new radio programmes by the Chief Education Officer takes place today in the British Council auditorium in Freetown.
The British Council is using radio because it can reach many more people this way, across the whole country. The radio programmes consist of two series: Teaching English Radio for teachers and ‘Obla Air’ for young people.
Teaching English Radio is a series of radio programmes aimed at teachers with low level qualifications who lack confidence in their knowledge of English. The programmes are designed to motivate teachers and encourage them to use more learner-centred practices so their classes are more effective. They give teachers practical guidance on how to teach big classes without any resources. In addition to the broadcasts, the British Council and Plan Sierra Leone are utilising the programmes in teacher training in four districts.
‘Obla Air’ Learn English Radio is a series of radio programmes that provide general listening practice, basic English language skills and entertainment. The intended audience is young adults: students, job hunters and aspirants – but anyone may find the programmes appealing.