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Updated on September 22, 2014

Characteristics of audio aids

Characteristics of audio aids

  1. Immediacy: Audio aids can describe events as they happen.
  2. Emotional impact: Through the combined effect of voice, environment, sound and music, the student’s interest can be captured and her imagination stirred.
  3. Authenticity: It is possible,(through audio media) for experts to visit any classroom at any time. Students knowledge of a subject can be enriched by listening to a expert, discuss the topic understudy on the radio. In this way, radio can bring the outside world into the classroom.
  4. Conquest of time and space: Through stimulated programs, audio media can overcome, the barriers of time and space.
  5. One-way communication: no possibility of student’s feedback
  6. Audition: Cannot be auditioned, to determine their educational value.

Uses of Radio


To develop increased skills in listening participation and evaluating what is heard.

To provide interest and sources of knowledge and to contribute to the development of appreciation and attitudes.

To keep the nurse well informed on all sources of information relating to health presentation and educations.

Can help the nurse with background and understanding for listening attentively.

Nurse is able to assist patients in meeting the religious needs.

To keep well-informed in literature, history and current events, to develop a complete well-rounded personality increased understanding and appreciation of them.

It is one of the mass-media that can be used to inform the public of the objectives and the needs of nursing and nursing education.

Public shall be informed, permitted and encouraged to participate in maintaining and raising health standards.

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Teacher should listen to the records from the various sources and select those most useful for the subject and topics they are going to teach. The voices and speech's of many professional leaders can be heard on records and disc, classroom teaching can be enriched and made int resting and meaningful by their appropriate use. Recordings should be handled carefully.

Types of recordings

Phonograph records or disc records

Wire recording

Tape recording

Advantages of recording

  1. Recording are two way communication
  • Recording can be stopped at will
  • To discuss passages
  • To answer questions
  • To clarify certain points
  1. It eliminates time adjustment problems of radio
  2. Recording can be heard and evaluated (to see how far it fulfils the objectives for which they are meant)
  3. Recordings offer a wide range of helpful materials.
  4. Recording are the ear-reconstruct direct reality as faithfully as possible, both enable us to overcome time and space so that we can relieve the original experience whenever we choose.


  • To mend speech defects in one’s language
  • To teach good pronunciation in a foreign language
  • For co-curricular activities in the school e.g. song, dance, back-ground music.
  • For introducing a lesson
  • For illustrating sum facts and skills
  • For enriching classroom activity
  • For summing up a topic



v No concentrated attention

v One-way communication

v Adjustment

v No pre-hearing and re-usability

v Administrative problems



Tape recordings are not easily damaged and can be replayed many more times. If any scratches or damages, repair can be made on the spot.

It enables one to listen and hear recordings previously made. Provide for the pupil to hear their own voice and events which occur in their own school

Language learning is facilitated by the use of tapes. The class can tape their own singing or discussion programmes and listen into them in order to improve them later on.

To record

Radio programme for class room use

Pupils, discussions, debates, round table talks

Speeches at celebrations, ceremonies, political rallies

Interview with workers, business-men, community leaders.

Plays, classroom dramatizations, puppet shows

Student participation in assemblies

Corrective work in speech


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