On 22 May 2017, BBI (ACT) Board members farewelled Bpk Ronny Nur, the Indonesian Embassy’s Cultural Attache at a dinner in Canberra. Pak Ronny, a member of the BBI (ACT) Board, was praised for his energetic efforts to promote the teaching of Indonesian in schools and universities in the ACT and throughout Australia. BBI (ACT) Chair, Heath McMichael, thanked Pak Ronny for his efforts in support of BBI (ACT)’s mandate to foster the learning of Indonesian and understanding of Indonesian culture within the broad community. Heath noted Pak Ronny had lent BBI (ACT) valuable assistance in organising events at the Embassy’s Balai Kartini, for example, the Women in Poetry evening in 2014 and dinners for Indonesian language teachers in 2015 and 2016. Vice Chair, George Quinn, said Pak Ronny’s contribution to a deeper understanding of Indonesian culture within Australia were recognised throughout Australia. Board member, Amrih Widodo, said Pak Ronny, a trained scientist, had set a very high benchmark for future Cultural Attaches at the Indonesian Embassy. All board members wished Pak Ronny well in his new role at the Agriculture Institute in Bogor. In thanking the Board, Pak Ronny said he regarded Australia with great warmth as his second home. He looked forward to visiting Canberra from time to time when he visited Armidale in NSW as a visiting professor at the University of New England.
Selamat jalan Pak Ronny!
BBI (ACT) Board members farewell Pak Ronny
Pak Ronny saying farewell to Board members
Warren Midgley, Associated Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Southern Queensland has written an interesting article comparing the learning of Indonesian in Australian schools with other languages available on the curriculum. Please see this link. 170324 What languages should children be learning
We’d like to let our members and followers know about this production.
The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang) is an incredible new Australian/Indonesian theatre show being presented at Gorman Arts Centre from 8-11 March.
The show follows the fantastical story of an Indonesian boy, Ikan who goes fishing one day and fails to return home. Assuming the worst, his parents hire a legendary seafarer to look for his corpse. He finds nothing. The Age of Bones traces what happened to Ikan – from the day he left to his eventual imprisonment in Australia and his fight to return home. This is a heartfelt and darkly funny tale inspired by the real-life stories of 60 Indonesian boys imprisoned in Australia for working on refugee boats. The show is set under the ocean in an underwater court, realized through Indonesian shadow puppetry, music and digital projection. This timely and darkly funny production shines a light on a controversial chapter in Australia’s recent history – it’s significant that it is being presented in Canberra, the seat of our national government.
For those of you who know or have friends who speak Indonesian or have an interest in Indonesian culture, this is a bilingual production in English and Indonesian (with subtitles) featuring a cast of Indonesian and Australian actors and includes some really amazing Indonesian shadow puppetry in a contemporary context. The show is definitely kid friendly, with lots of physical comedy and stunning visuals.
BBI(ACT) received the following information to pass on to its members.
My name is Steve Reynolds and I work for LTC Language Solutions, a full service language provider meeting language needs since 1992. We have an urgent need to contract with an Indonesian language/culture teacher for one expat USA student in Canberra.
Please pass this teaching opportunity on to anyone in your extended network that might be qualified and interested.
What: 168 hour contract – beginning level Indonesian language / culture for one adult student
Where: Private office provided in Government facility in Canberra
When: Daily – Monday through Friday – total of 24 days of teaching
Time: 8:00 am through 4:00 pm (one hour lunch)
Starting Date: 21 February through 24 March, 2017
Requirements: Teacher must be native Indonesian speaker with teaching experience
Pay: $4,200 US Dollars total pay ($20 to $25 US Dollars per hour – negotiable depending on experience)
Materials: Provided for teacher and student
Please forward your CV and contact information so we can set up a skype or phone interview ASAP. Thanks!
Steve Reynolds ǀ Language Training Coordinator
5750 Castle Creek Parkway, Suite 487
Indianapolis, IN 46250
P: 317.578.1661 ǀ 888.456.1626
GSA Contract Number: GS-10F-109BA
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The achievements of primary and secondary school teachers of the Indonesian language were once again celebrated at a dinner hosted by Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra on 4 November 2016. At least 10 ACT Schools were represented at the dinner which provided teachers and school principals the opportunity to exchange classroom experiences teaching Indonesian to students in Canberra. Specially invited guests included five Indonesian Language Teacher Assistants who give up time outside their own academic studies in Canberra tertiary institutions to teach in classrooms under their supervising teachers.
BBI (ACT) Chair, Heath McMichael, told guests the task of encouraging young people to take up and persevere with Indonesian language and culture studies is a challenging one, especially in the light of ingrained community indifference about Australia’s nearest Asian neighbour. Heath said that BBI (ACT) was willing to assist teachers, principals, and ACT education authorities promote the learning of Indonesian in order to maintain much-needed ballast in the people-to-people relationship between the two countries. BBI (ACT) is looking at practical and inventive ways to stimulate interest in Indonesian language learning, for instance in workshopping Indonesian curriculum materials with teachers and educators from schools in Canberra and Indonesia, organising teacher field trips to schools in eastern Indonesia and, hosting a YouTube Indonesian language competition.
BBI (ACT) Chair, Heath McMichael with Indonesian Language Teacher Assistants (ILTAs), 4 November 2016