Take a LEAP in your command of Indonesian… join this ANU-based conversation group

Hello, lovers of Indonesian!

First of all, let us introduce ourselves. We are the Indonesian Studies Association (ISA) and we have a weekly Conversation Group called LEAP (Language Exchange Affiliate Program). The purpose of this group (under the ISA) is to offer a forum for practicing conversational Indonesian. We have had 3 meetings so far, each attended by about 20 people, around half of those attending are native Indonesian speakers who are studying at ANU and are keen to meet and chat to anyone in Indonesian. We have a wide range of abilities represented at the meetings, from beginners to advance.All are welcome! Usually we have a theme every week, but in general it is very relaxed and informal.

Here are the details:

Date: Every Monday

Time: 5.30-6.30

Place: Student Space, Union Court (Next to Commonwealth Bank)

We hope to see everyone on Monday! 🙂

Warm Regards,

Katrin Praseli

President of the Indonesian Studies Association


Halo, para pecinta Indonesia!

Pertama-tama, izinkan kami memperkenalkan diri. Kami adalah Indonesian Studies Association (ISA) dan kami mempunyai program Grup Percakapan yang diadakan setiap seminggu sekali. Grup Percakapan ini bernama LEAP alias Language Exchange Affiliate Program. Tujuan diadakannya LEAP ini dibawah ISA sebenarnya untuk menawarkan sebuah forum untuk berlatih berbincang-bincang menggunakan bahasa Indonesia. Sejauh ini, kami telah mengadakan 3 pertemuan, setiap pertemuan dihadiri oleh kurang lebih 20 orang, dimana setengahnya adalah orang Indonesia asli yang merupakan murid ANU dan bersedia untuk bertemu dan berbagi wawasan dengan menggunakan bahasa Indonesia. Peserta yang hadir tidak semuanya lancar berbahasa Indonesia, ada beberapa yang bahkan masih tingkat pemula. Jadi, semua tingkatan, silahkan datang! Biasanya ada tema diskusi yang berbeda setiap minggu, tetapi, jangan khawatir karena suasana diskusinya sangat santai dan tidak formal.

Ini detailnya:

Hari: Setiap Senin

Waktu: 5.30-6.30

Tempat: Student Space, Union Court (Sebelah Commonwealth Bank)

Kami tunggu kehadiran teman-teman semua 🙂

Salam hangat,

Katrin Praseli

Ketua Indonesian Studies Association


The transformation of higher education in Indonesia

“INDONESIA is experiencing a little-noticed but fundamental transformation in tertiary education. Enrolments are growing extremely fast, from about 2000 students at the time of independence in 1945 to almost four million today, a figure exceeded in Asia only by China and India.

This growth has far-reaching implications for Australia. For the past decade, Australia has been the largest destination for Indonesian university students going abroad. But just as we have dropped the ball with Indonesian language education, so too is there a danger universities are missing out on long-term opportunities.”

Read the full article by Professor Hal Hill (ANU) and senior economist The Kwan Lie (LIPI, Jakarta) first published in The Australian on 28 March 2012, at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/graduation-day-for-indonesia-on-horizon/story-e6frgcjx-1226311736805

Why don’t students learn Indonesian?

“There are several reasons for Indonesian’s lack of popularity. Indonesian literature, arts and culture is in a pretty poor state, so there is not much pull factor compared to Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and other languages. For foreign students and graduates, there are very few employment opportunities in Indonesia beyond NGO work or teaching English. Indonesia is a very insular country, there are no global Indonesian companies to fly the flag abroad, no diaspora to speak of, and Indonesia’s diplomats tend not to be very outgoing…”

So says one (pretty problematic) reader response to a news report on the launch of Professor David Hill’s report Indonesian In Australian Universities.

Read the full news report (including a comment on problems attracting students to other Southeast Asian languages) at: http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/03/02/why-arent-students-learning-to-speak-indonesian/#axzz1q1iOTTht