English lessons on every television

English in Action is about to launch a new phase of the project which has the potential to bring families in Bangladesh together for the first time to learn English.

The ambition is to use the most widely adopted and cheapest media available – television – to reach out to the many millions of everyday people who have weak or non-existent English language skills and lack confidence to learn.

From the 16th of October, children and adults of all ages will be able to watch a brand new drama series Bishaash accompanied by a linked English language learning show BBC Janala: Mojay Mojay Shekha (‘Learning is Fun’).

Broadcast on BTV every week, with two further weekly repeats, the back-to-back primetime programmes will transform people’s experience of learning English through a never used before approach to teaching English.

Bishaash is a drama based in Bangladesh and the UK, which as the first supernatural detective series in Asia will mesmerise audiences whilst providing an introduction to beginners English. Largely in Bangla to attract a mainstream audience, it includes functional English woven into the storylines.

 

 

The main characters of Bishaash

It is followed by BBC Janala: Mojay Mojay Shekha, a compelling game show and comedy which then builds on the English used in the drama, providing viewers with a fun, accessible and free way for families to learn English together.

 

Alex and Kamal on Mojay Mojay Shekha

 


But it does not just stop there. Learners can follow up on lessons in national newspaper Prothom Alo or on mobile and web through BBC Janala. Put together, people will have a complete learning package worth more than four hours of English language study every week.

This is a landmark moment in the project’s vision to raise the English language skills of 25 million people in Bangladesh by 2017 by bringing together the learning experience of project’s two essential audiences – children and adults.

Teachers involved in the English in Action school based project are being encouraged to draw pupil’s attention to both shows and integrate related activities within their own teaching. The first episode is on BTV and BTV World at 2.15 pm on Saturday, 16th October.

Take a look at the special edition on Bishaash at the Asiana Magazine UK.

 

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