IALF and Joint Selection 2015 for Australia Awards
In early January, 2015, staff from IALF travelled to many distant parts of Indonesia to assist in the annual Joint Selection process for Australia Awards. Joint Selection activities were also held in Surabaya and Jakarta. Good Luck to all of the Joint Selection candidates in Banda Aceh, Mataram, Kupang, Surabaya, Jayapura and Jakarta, in their efforts to get an Australia Awards Scholarship in 2015.
IALF looks forward to seeing all successful candidates when you begin your pre-departure, academic Engish courses with IALF, in either Jakarta or Denpasar, later this year.
IALF staff have chosen their favorite pics from 2014 and they are available for you to enjoy on the IALF website. Just click this link and take a look at the terrific photos one by one.
IALF Surabaya Video Competition Winner
IALF Surabaya ran a video competition recently and the winners are a group called SIEP (Semi Intensive IELTS Preparation/IEP -Intensive English Program).
Their video is titled 'One Day in IALF' and their names are -
Ardiar Ersti Mardisiwi (Semi Intensive IELTS Preparation)
Diah Rizki R. Dini (Intensive English Program)
Irfan Irwanuddin (Semi Intensive IELTS Preparation)
Rizky Arif Nugroho (Semi Intensive IELTS Preparation)
They are a group of students planning to apply for scholarships to study overseas. Most of them are going to take an IELTS test before applying for those scholarships. According to the judges, this video is of good quality, has creative graphics and the story is interesting. The video tells the story about themselves and their IALF experience and their study at IALF Surabaya as they work towards their dream of studying overseas.
General English Certificate Day at IALF Bali - December 12th
Following each General English Term at IALF Bali, students are invited to collect their certificates and goodie bags. This process started on December 12th when about 200 students arrived to collect their items. Over the period of the following week another 300 - 400 students will also call in to IALF Bali to collect their hard earned certificates.
IALF Bali's next General English Term begins on January 12th.
Registration opens today, December 12th, for the first General English course for 2015.
Silver Anniversary Celebrations for IALF Jakarta
On Thursday, December 4th, 2014, IALF Jakarta held their 25th Silver Anniversary Celebrations. This special event was held in conjunction with their Annual Staff End of Year Lunch. During the event,special awards were given to 7 members of staff who were recognized for their 10 - 30 years of professional service with IALF Jakarta.
Bapak Suprapto (Chairperson of IALF Board of Managers), Bapak Adyawarman (IALF Board of Supervisors), Bapak Joko Tulodo (Member of IALF Board of Managers) and Ibu Denise Finney, CEO of IALF, were all special guests for this event. Everyone enjoyed delicious food, warm chats and a festive blue-silver ambience in honor of IALF Jakarta's Silver Anniversary.
After 25 years, the IALF Jakarta team continues to provide high quality language training services.
Library Department at IALF Jakarta left to right: Tuladi, Donna, Wiwin, Rina, Sutarno together with Denise Finney,
CEO of IALF, and Simone Samuels, Academic Programs Manager IALF Jakarta.
Staff and teachers at IALF Jakarta enjoy the festive moment and togetherness over a meal.
Long Service Award Recipients from left to right: Douglas Leurquin (Examiner Trainer, 15 years of service), Ichsan (Driver, 30 years of service), Asjik Mubanar (Bahasa Indonesia Teacher, 20 years of service), Kirana Widayanti (P&A Manager, 10 years of service), Rina Dewanti ( Head Librarian , 20 years of service), Sutarno, Library Staff (30 years of service), David Airth (Teacher, 20 years of service). Another recipient, Suharmin Logito (Senior Accountant, 20 years of service) was not present at the time.
STIKES at IALF Bali - December 2014
Over 300 hundred students from Sekolah Tinggi Ilmu Kesehatan (STIKES) Bali have studied at IALF this year. STIKES Has been working with IALF for many years. Since 2007, over 3,600 students from STIKES have studied English at IALF in Bali. Courses have been designed to improve the English language levels of young students who very soon will be working in hospitals and clinics.
Sixty four Midwifery students completed their courses in early December with a Closing Ceremony and an Aussie-styled BBQ at IALF. The teacher for this final term for the Midwifery students was Arya.
Arya - listen to him talking about his STIKES students.
SD Junior Day - December 5th at IALF Bali
On Friday, December 5th students from Young Learners courses at IALF Bali
enjoyed their end of term SD Junior Day Party. They have finished their
courses and it was time for some singing and dancing, fun and games. They
even brought their parents to have some fun with them. Young Learner courses
at IALF Bali are taught by professional, highly trained young teachers who
involve their young students in all sorts of English language activities
including projects, art and role plays. Young Learners at IALF love their
Jenny - listen to one of the parents, Jenny, talk about her history with IALF and
about her children, both currently studying at IALF, and the importance of English for them.
Strong IALF links in Australia
IALF has enjoyed strong links with schools within the Diocese of Lismore, in north-eastern New South Wales, for 5 years. Teachers and students welcome young IALF instructors each year to assist with the teaching of Indonesian language and culture at their schools. Assistance is delivered in the classroom situation, through teacher workshops, and by working directly with the students. IALF teachers have worked in Lismore since 2011 - Agus in 2011: Made and Anik in 2012, Cahyani and Pam last year, and for 2014 it will be Pam and Asri.
In addition teachers from the Diocese of Lismore join the 2-week intensive Indonesian language course every January at IALF Bali to further enhance their Bahasa Indonesia.
Staff Profile - Julio Martins - East Timor English Language Program
Julio Martins is from Ermera, a small town to the west of Dili in Timor-Leste, and has worked in the field of education and teacher training since 2007. Last year Julio began working with ETELP, as Manager for INSET, to develop a school-based In-Service Teacher Training program for English language teachers in schools in Timor-Leste.
The INSET program is being trialled with around 90 teachers from 25 schools across two rural districts, Ainaro and Manufahi. It covers English Language Upgrading and Teaching Methodology, and is taught by a team of four Master Trainers. Last year the Master Trainers followed a special ‘Training of Trainers’ program, which included English Language Development, English Language Teaching Methodology, and the Timor-Leste National Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
Julio’s enthusiasm and interest in this work is clear to see as he travels the districts supporting the Master Trainers as they work with teachers in Ainaro and Manufahi. Teachers are already responding very positively to the INSET program and say it really helps them with their English language and daily classroom planning and techniques. Upon successful completion it is hoped that the INSET program will be accredited nationally, and teachers and students of English in Timor-Leste can look forward to continuing improvements in the teaching and learning of English in their schools.
ETELP is a project funded by the Australian Government (through DFAT) in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Timor-Leste, and managed by the IALF.
Julio - his own introduction
Julio - his work before ETELP
Julio - ETELP and INSET
Julio - INSET participant response to the program so far
Julio - proud to be working with ETELP in Timor-Leste
New Options for IELTS Preparation at IALF Jakarta
his year IALF Jakarta merged the IELTS Prep 1 and 2 classes into one combined IELTS Prep program. This has been designed to develop stronger foundations for students by providing challenging test-taking strategies and engaging assignments.
IALF Jakarta’s 2-week intensive courses and 5-week semi-intensive course are now run over four days, from Tuesday to Friday each week. This allows for slightly longer class sessions which are better suited to IELTS practice exercises and also provides for a three-day break giving students time to consolidate what they have learned during the previous week.
In response to overwhelming demand, IALF Jakarta is now running IELTS Prep on Saturdays. The new 8-week course runs from 08.45 - 16.00, (with an hour's break for lunch), every Saturday for five weeks. The class is intensive and focused and gives students an opportunity to concentrate on their language studies without the stress of coping with the demands of work or school on that day, and of course allows them to avoid Jakarta's horrendous weekday traffic.
So far this year more than 1,100 students have registered for IELTS Preparation courses at IALF Jakarta. This number is expected to increase over the coming months as awareness grows about the new programs and as people find out how easy it now is to book a place for an IELTS test at any one of the IALF centres using the online registration and payment service.
ASILE 2014 - a great success
Lee and Jenny are long time friends of IALF and they returned to IALF earlier this week for ASILE. Joining 100 other teachers of bahasa Indonesia, they both participated in a series of sessions and activities which made up this two day, international conference. These sessions were designed to help all participants improve their understanding of both bahasa Indonesia, how to teach it to their students and how to use networking across the seas to make their classrooms more vibrant and productive.
During the conference both Jenny and Lee took time to talk about ASILE and their ongoing involvement with IALF.
Lee and Jenny - introduce themselves
Jenny - talks about ASILE
Lee - talks about IALF as a excellent place for people to study languages
IALF Bali, in collaboration with Balai Bahasa Indonesia Canberra (BBI ACT), Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth (BBIP), Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, APBIPA Indonesia, Bahasa Kita and Green School recently hosted the ASILE Conference 2014. The conference was conducted on Monday and Tuesday, 29 and 30 September 2014 in Bali, and IALF welcomed teachers, administrators and the general public interested in the teaching and study of Indonesian language and culture.
Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL at IALF Bali
(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
IALF Bali is an approved centre for the delivery of the Trinity Cert TESOL, an internationally recognized professional teaching qualification. The 4-week course is conducted 3 times per year. If you want a qualification that can take you all over the world, or you are a teacher in Indonesia and want international certification then the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course is the one for you.
Kristen Spangaro has just completed her Trinity Cert TESOL course at IALF Bali and talks
about the course - check out and listen to the IALF podcast. Along with her fellow participants Kristen
enjoyed every minute of the course and now she is qualified and ready to teach English anywhere in the
Kristen - talking about her Trinity Cert TESOL course at IALF Bali.
Here are three of the Trinity Cert TESOL course participants relaxing at their post-course dinner in late July 2014. From left to right; Emma from Germany, Nurul (aka “Mooza”) from Malaysia and Kristen from Australia.
Ni Ketut Sudiani, from Denpasar, is a recipient of the
Australia-Indonesia Emerging Writers Exchange 2014
Ni Ketut Sudiani from Denpasar will travel to Australia in early July to
attend the Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne. Her co-recipient of
these awards, Luke Ryan, from Melbourne was recently a participant of the
Bali Emerging Writers Festival in Ubud.
These two young writers from Australia and Indonesia are part of an Emerging
Writers Exchange. The exchange is a part of the Australian Embassy
Jakarta’s Arts and Cultural Program 2014.
Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty said the reciprocal
visits would give both writers valuable international exposure and
experience. “I am pleased the embassy can support the early careers of
these two writers in this way. This is a great opportunity to broaden their
professional networks and enjoy the exposure to a different literary
tradition and cultural environment,” the Ambassador said.
Ketut Sudiani recently visited IALF in Bali to talk about her English
language skills, her writing and her award with Kevin, PR Manager for IALF.
Listen to Sudiani right here by
clicking on IALF's audio podcasts:
Sudiani - talking about learning English
Sudiani - what she said about her first novel
Sudiani what she said about Bali Emerging Writers' Festival
Sudiani presenting a copy of her book to Ibu Titin,
IALF Bali’s librarian.
Sudiani, at home in Denpasar, sitting at her desk
wrote her first book, “The Voices of Butterflies: A Novel”
Sudiani talking about her new book at a special Emerging Writer’s luncheon in Bali in early May.
IELTS at IALF
Are you thinking of taking the IELTS test in Indonesia? Be sure to enjoy a better test experience with IALF.
Check out this video for more information from Mustafa,
a current Australia Awards Scholarship awardee stdying at IALF Jakarta
‘My name is Muhamad Mustafa. I’m from Tangerang. I have to take the IELTS Test because I need to study in Australia. I did IELTS Test before in somewhere else last year and I did it again 3 months ago and then I can compare that having test in IALF Jakarta is good in term of facilities, in term of quietness, the place, the staff.... Everything is just make me feel comfortable which is very important for my IELTS.
I also enjoy IELTS Test in IALF Jakarta because the access also is very easy. I need to do all of these like in one day. So, here in IALF Jakarta I can get it because in other places I find they do the Speaking Test in different days than the other aspect of the test. So, I think ‘One Day Test’ is easy. Test itself is done in very quiet situation. Less noise here in IALF Jakarta. The IELTS preparation course is really help me in taking this test’.
IELTS at IALF - Online Registration & Payment
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Using the IELTS Registration & the Payment Online system you can
register anywhere and at anytime
register in advance for as many test sessions as you wish
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