Spotlight is a daily 15 minute radio programme which uses a special English method of broadcasting, called Specialised English. This makes Spotlight easier for many people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.
fewer words (a vocabulary of 1500 words)
slower speed (about 90 words per minute, or half the normal speaking speed)
People use Spotlight to help with English. But Spotlight is a real radio programme, not just a lesson.
What is Spotlight about?
You will hear Spotlight programmes about many different subjects from around the world. We cover a variety of topics including arts, culture, science, technology, health concerns, relationships, human rights, and world issues. The goal of Spotlight is to communicate the love of Jesus. For this reason, the programmes talk about things that Christians believe without criticizing things that other people believe.
Who Makes Spotlight?
Spotlight is made by a team of Christian men and women from all over the world. Spotlight is produced in England and the United States by teams from HCJB Global, Words of Hope, and Back to God Ministries International.
Spotlight English Clubs
People have used imagination and invention to make the best use of Spotlight broadcasts.
HCJB Global has developed ‘Spotlight English Clubs’. The clubs provide a place where listeners can meet to use and improve their English. At a club meeting, people listen to a Spotlight programme and then discuss it, in English.
The first clubs were in Ecuador, Latin America, but now the idea is spreading and there are new clubs starting across the Asia/Pacific region, in places such as India and Thailand.
The clubs are run by local communities, often in churches. Spotlight English Clubs can be a great service in a non-English speaking community. The SLC programmes and resources are free and being a club leader does not require ESL training or teaching experience.
HCJB Global’s ‘Spotlight English Club’ website tells how to set up a club, and also provides resources – the programme audio, script pages with line numbers, activities, instructions and more.
Some of HCJB Global’s materials have been adapted for use among immigrant communities in the UK and the USA. If you are interested in using these adapted materials in your community, contact us for more information.