It was fantastic to be able to welcome all of the participants to our campus. IALF trusts that your visit was a fantastic experience for you. We do hope to see you all again soon here in Indonesia.
Australia Awards Pre-Departure Briefings
The annual Australia Awards Pre-Departure Briefings were held in Jakarta and Bali in early October with over 140 awardees attending. These two events are very, very important for the scholarship awardees who are all due to head off to Australia soon. Congratulations to ALL of you from IALF, Australia Awards, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.
IALF Bali's 25th Anniversary celebrated in Bedugal - August 16th
IALF Bali celebrated 25 wonderful years in Denpasar by having a staff and family event in Bedugal on August 16th, 2015.
To see more fabulous photos from the Anniversary Event please go to our Facebook Page.
And while you are there please join our Facebook Page so that you know everything that is happening at IALF Bali in 2015 - 2016.
IALF Bali and Bali's Young Red Cross (PMR) - July 8th
On July 8th, the #IALFBali Expo team attended a workshop at Bumi Perkemahan Tabanan with members of Bali's Young Red Cross (PMR). The team, along with Pak Andre from IALF and Ibu Rini from IDP, had the opportunity to deliver a fun filled English language workshop and short presentation to members of the BALI PMR. What a fantastic group of young Indonesians.
Here are some pictures of fun work taken today. A big thank you to everyone for joining in and helping to make the visit such a happy and educational one.
IALF Training English Teachers in
Recently two members of the IALF Bali Teacher Training team, David Bradbury and Komang Wartini, spent four weeks in the middle of Sumatra. They were there to run a four-week Certificate in Communicative English Language Teaching (C-CELT), which is one of a range of courses offered for Indonesian teachers and lecturers who want to develop professionally by improving their teaching skills. The State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Padangsidimpuan has a long term plan for all its lecturers and students to be fluent in English, and IALF Bali were asked to provide training for prospective lecturers. The two sides agreed that the most effective option was for the C-CELT to be run at Padangsidimpuan, North Sumatra.
In fact, because there were 50 (yes, fifty!) participants, there were two C-CELT two courses at the same time – two groups of 25. There were 44 women and six men, so remembering the names was a challenge.
All the participants were enthusiastic and were very keen to improve their teaching skills. They had an opportunity to try new techniques in teaching practice with their peers, and the tutors were happy to see much more student-student interaction and clearer instructions. Overall, their punctuality and attendance was excellent, and they worked very hard from day one until the last day, when they all sat Modules 1, 2 and 3 of the Cambridge ESOL Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) – an international standard teaching qualification.
We are still waiting for the TKT certificates to arrive from England, but in the meantime IALF Bali and IAIN Padangsidimpuan are in discussions about the next stage of working together, with plans for a teacher detachment. We look forward to helping the lecturers with their ongoing professional development.
Thanks Kang Guru Indonesia and IALF
A surprise visitor popped into IALF today. Her name is Rani and she is originally from Surabaya. Rani started listening to Kang Guru Indonesia on RRI Surabaya way back in 1997. Rani enjoyed KGI for many, many years and says that the KGI magazines and radio broadcasts really helped her with her English. Then in 2007 she read about the Australia Awards scholarships in the KGI magazine and decided to apply. She has since completed her studies in Australia with Australian Awards (2010) and is now a full time lecturer at Udayana University in Bali. Listen for her interview on KGI radio soon and check the KGI Facebook Fans Page for more information about this long time friend of KGI and IALF.
Here is that article Rani saw in the June 2007 KGI magazine.
This information from KGI certainly helped Rani to make her decision to apply for her scholarship to Australia.
TRINITY Cert TESOL at IALF Bali with Shalita Murdock
Shalita Murdock recently completed her TRINITY Cert TESOL at IALF Bali. Shalita is originally from the United States but has been teaching English in South Korea for the past few years. Shalita was keen to improve her knowledge and skills so that her English language classroom would be the best learning environment possible for her students. Shalita chose to follow the world renowned TRINIY Cert TESOL course at IALF Bali.
In this interview Shalita explains more about her decision to change from her IT career in the United States and become an English language teacher in Korea, her course at IALF Bali and her plans for the future.
Young Learners Commemorating World Earth Day at
Commemorating #EarthDay2015, SD 5 students at #IALFBali had a fun afternoon with their teachers in a Young Learners Recycling Project. Students collaborated to create beautiful art work from recycled paper. It was a great day and also a great way to show our love of the earth by working hand in hand to produce art from recycled material. Young Learner Projects is an end of term activity which is carried out totally in English.
Australia Awards awardees, all current students of IALF, gathered in both Jakarta and Denpasar during March 2015 for their Pre-Departure Briefings. They are due to leave for Australia in June to take up their studies under the Australia Awards scholarship scheme. These meetings in Jakarta and denpasar were conducted by the staff of the Australia Awards office in Jakarta, together with representatives from the Government of Indonesia and the Government of Australia.
On a less formal note, the awardees also gathered for their own social events in both locations. In Denpasar it was a beachside BBQ in Sanur and for Jakarta an event was held at a restaurant in Jl. Rasuna Said quite close to the IALF office. As you can see, all 4 events proved highly successful.
IALF and its Indonesian Language Services program has been engaged by Language Learning Space (LLS) to offer a free tutor service delivering high quality and engaging lessons for teachers and students of Indonesian in Australian schools.
Andre Maure, one of the IALF tutors involved in the tutorial service, conducts regular lessons online to assist Australian teachers to improve their speaking skills. Isn't this fantastic?
This program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, and all services in the LLS are available at no cost to Australian educators and students. So if you are an Australian teacher of Indonesian or an Australian student learning Indonesian, make the most of this comprehensive facility to improve your Indonesian and connect with IALF’s wonderful teachers.
I Made Wahyudi Suprayatna with the Teaching Assistant Program in New South Wales (NSW), Australia - NOW!
One of IALF's most experienced teachers, I Made Wahyudi Suprayatna, has been selected to follow the Teaching Assistant Program in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. He started in last January and will stay there until December 2015 based at Mullumbimby High School and Woolooware High School. Wahydi will teach Indonesian to students there and use the opportunity to share as much as he can about Indonesian culture.
Here are a couple some pics of Wahyudi in action.
Wahyudi with his supervisor, Ibu Linda Keyte, receiving a special school t-shirt.
Wahyudi featured in the local newspaper with Ms Donna Pearson, the Principal of Mullumbimbiy High School.
In class with young Australian students.
IALF Photo Highlights 2014
IALF staff have chosen their favorite pics from 2014 and they are available for you to enjoy on the IALF website. Just visit our Gallery and take a look at the terrific photos one by one.
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.
New Options for IELTS Preparation at IALF Jakarta
This 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.
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.
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
Three reasons why IALF offers you better IELTS test experience:
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
save time and money; no need to pay transfer fees
preview your result online (https://results.ielts.org)
READY FOR THE TEST?
If you have all required information and documents prepared, it's time to unlock the world with IELTS.
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Professional, friendly examiners
Our IELTS examiners are well trained and certified with years of experience. They understand how you feel. Our members of staff are more than delighted to assist and support you from the pre-registration process to post-test services.
What is an IELTS TRY OUT with IALF?
Learn about IELTS
Find out where to get additional information about IELTS
See examples of IELTS Task 1 and Task 2 writing
Observe a demonstration of an IELTS speaking test simulation