Schools of the Air
In Australia, many families live a long way from a town, so the nearest school is often very far away. For this reason, many children attend a very different kind of school of the Air because the students have classes over the radio.
Most areas have a school like this for children between 4 and 12 years old. They study at home but they are still members of the class. The children have radio lessons with their class three times a week. Each lesson lasts about 30 minutes. Students also have a 10-minute private lesson with their teacher once a week.
The school provides the radio, books, videos and other resources. The children send their work to the teacher once a week. The children’s parents help them to do their work at home. Teachers and students also communicate by phone, fax and e-mail and the teacher visits children at home at least once a year.
The school of the Air may sound like a strange idea. For the isolated students of Australia it’s the only way to learn.
Choose the correct item.
A Canada B Austria C Australia
A radio B telephone C TV
A 5 and 19 B 4 and 13 C 4 and 12
A twice B once C three times
A teachers B friends C parents
A twice B four tomes C once
Answer the questions.
Write your attitude to this idea of learning.