The British Council signed a partnership agreement with Voice of Vietnam to broadcast a British Council global product, Learn English Olba Air Radio Show on VOV2 (Culture, Social Life and Educational Channel) and VOV5 (VOV World) for a period of 2 years from 2015 to 2017.
Obla Air is a lively radio series aimed at CEFR A2 level. Obla Air follows the adventures of Maas Obla, the owner and pilot of the budget airline Obla Air, as he and his crew try to keep their only airplane flying high!
Each series has twenty 15-minute episodes focussing on English in the workplace which helps the audience improve their vocabulary, syntax and English comprehension.
These radio programmes have been broadcast in over 40 countries and millions of listeners around the world have tuned in to improve their English.
An Obla Air family in Nepal shared:
“Since its inception in February, the family has been regularly listening to our ‘Learn English Radio Obla Air’ Series. “Obla Air is music to our ears and full of interesting, lively characters which keeps us engaged throughout and at the same time boosts our understanding of different accents”, discloses the family
The family feels that listening to the series regularly has to a great extent improved not just their listening skills but also their vocabulary, reading, pronunciation and conversation skills. Aditya feels the positive difference in his studies at school and points out that he now understands difficult vocabulary with ease and in particular pronounces it correctly. Sunil and Subarna enjoy listening to the lively series and feel they have built up their confidence in using English.
VOV2 is producing a bilingual product to help listeners in Vietnam to better understand English as well as focus on grammar structure and vocabulary. Each episode will be broadcast on VOV2 (549 mHz AM and 96,5 mHz FM) every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon between 13.00 and 13.15 and repeated in the evening between 22.00 and 22.15 (starting 6 Oct). Each series will last for twenty weeks and the broadcasting of all 5 series will last for two years.
VOV5’s new English FM channel 24/7 (104 mHz FM) will also broadcast one episode of Obla Air per week (starting 1 October ) from 9.15 to 9.30 and repeats the episode every two hours daily.
VOV2 and VOV5 both have nation-wide coverage. We hope the Learn English radio programme in cooperation with Voice of Vietnam will reach millions of Vietnamese people and help them improve their English.