Simon Williams UNSW at ADF School of Languages

Title 'C-30 C-60 C-90 GO! - COMMUNITY RADIO AND TEACHING
INDONESIAN IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE 1980s.'

 

Summary

The role played by community radio, audio cassettes and cassette piracy
in the delivery of Indonesian language-culture learning, in particular
in secondary schools during the 1980s should be acknowledged. The paper
briefly outlines the history of community radio in Australia, with
particular emphasis on examining the stated purpose of community radio.
The paper also examines the conditions for teaching Indonesian in the
1980s, particularly in Victoria - a period marked by a number of
political and practical difficulties, including a dearth of texts
suitable for adolescent learners, prior to the publication of
functional-notional texts in the late 80s. Pirated cassettes of
community radio broadcasts, in particular 3EA-SBS radio helped to
overcome some of these problems. They provided the possibility to
exploit varied authentic spoken genres, across text modes and language
styles. Appropriately graded, diverse activities using the texts could
be developed to meet the needs of absolute beginners through to more
advanced levels. And the medium was cheap, highly portable and
recyclable.

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