In India and Pakistan, tests were administered to assess students’ abilities to listen and understand English (comprehension) and their ability to speak English (oral communication), by asking questions of each student and asking him/her to respond in English. Students who had participated in the Interactive Audio Instruction (IAI) program showed a significant increase between the pre-test and post-test performance on comprehension and oral communication, when compared to the control group. Following a statistical analysis of these results, it has been shown that the IAI group scored significantly higher gains than the control group in both the comprehension test and the oral test.
Why Use ELA?
- Research shows highly significant gains in learning among both students and teachers using the ELA program, compared with conventional methods.
- ELA incorporates continuing teacher training through the development of a pedagogy, both implicitly and explicitly.
- It is an economical way to provide large-scale effective instruction. IAI reaches and teaches millions of students every day.
- ELA confronts the challenges many education systems face: the lack of teachers skilled in teaching English as a foreign language, the low level of English among teachers, remote rural areas, overcrowded classrooms, classes with different levels within the student population, and the financial cost of providing English instruction.
- IAI helps the teacher to use new reading and writing strategies, and allows them to see their impact on student learning.