|Nyoman Riasa from IALF Bali recently conducted a session at the annual conference on teaching Indonesian run by the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association (VILTA). The workshop was held in Melbourne and was attended by over 160 participants.|
Nyoman Riasa from IALF Bali recently conducted a session at the annual conference on teaching Indonesian run by the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers Association (VILTA). The workshop was held in Melbourne and was attended by over 160 participants.
Nyoman presented two papers. One was on a critical approach to teaching culture through language; the other was on question formation for higher level students.
While in Victoria Nyoman took the opportunity to visit schools and participate in Indonesian language lessons. He visited Creswick Primary School, Ballarat, Heany Park Primary School, Rowville Secondary College, Bacchus Marsh Secondary College and Ballarat Secondary College. Nyoman was pleased to see that the interest in learning Indonesian was still evident and that teachers were responding positively to the challenges of teaching Indonesian to senior students. In Ballarat Nyoman also met with the Ballarat Indonesian Teachers Network.
In Melbourne Nyoman met with Oxford University Press to discuss the coursebook for Indonesian language learning, Jendela Indonesia, which IALF Bali is producing in collaboration with OUP. The book is due to be published in mid 2007.
IALF Bali has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Directorate General of Islamic Education, the main purpose of which is to strengthen the English language capabilities of personnel within various Islamic educational institutions in Indonesia.
The first activity under the MOU is full time training for two groups of participants over a six-month period. The first group are English teachers from over 15 state and private Islamic tertiary institutions who will undergo language upgrading and then join an internationally certificated teacher training course for teachers of English as a second language. The second group consists of teaching staff from a variety of Islamic universities and institutes who are from disciplines other than English, and who will undergo intensive English language training.
Further cooperation will include regular courses to upgrade the English language and the English teaching skills of staff from Islamic tertiary institutions in various provinces. It is also anticipated that IALF will eventually also provide training in syllabus and materials design so that institutions will be able to establish more effective English language teaching programs on their campuses for the benefit of both staff and students.
The two groups of students at the conclusion of their first course at the IALF. Also in the photo, back row, second left to right: Sonja Elsgood (Teacher, IALF Bali), Geoffrey Crewes (CEO, IALF ), Vlad Pejovic (Program Manager, IALF Bali), Josie Gawron (Teacher, IALF Bali) and Denise Finney (Manager, IALF Bali).
Zaki Nur’aeni from Bandung being presented with an end-of-course certificate by IALF CEO, Geoffrey Crewes.
Indonesia Australia Language Foundation
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Surabaya 60281 East Java
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Denpasar Bali 80223
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