2013 年 18 巻 p. 53-65
Many university students have entered universities without adequately understanding what they learned in high school, or even junior high school. Therefore, much interest has been devoted to remedial education in Japan. Study 1 and Study 2 were undertaken to reveal whether Little Charo, an NHK English education program, is desirable or not as English remedial material for university students emphasizing the study of child psychology. In Study 1, a variety of frequency-based lexical analyses were carried out. The results revealed that Little Charo included basic English vocabulary and expressions taught in junior high and high schools. In Study 2, participants were 32 second-year university students at a private college taking 15 lessons during April-July in 2010. During the lessons, they watched a video presentation of Little Charo, read a colorful text of Little Charo, and studied from Gogakulu, a learning site accessible through the NHK homepage. Study 2 analyzed students' responses to questionnaires based on the ARCS model of motivational design. Results show that the English lessons using Little Charo were enjoyable, challenging, confidence-building, and otherwise rewarding for the participating students. Study 1 and Study 2 revealed that it is suitable English remedial material for students involved in child-related studies.