On Saturday, 22 September 2018, BBI (ACT) hosted an Intensive Language and Culture Workshop at the Australian National University for Indonesian teachers in the ACT and surrounding districts. The purpose of the workshop, the first of its kind to be held in Canberra, was to provide an opportunity for teachers – particularly those with basic to intermediate level language competence – to deepen their language skills and knowledge of contemporary Indonesia. A small but enthusiastic group of teachers from primary and secondary government and non-government schools took part in a variety of role play and other capacity-building activities. The workshop featured an interactive one-day program which was delivered by BBI (ACT) experts on Indonesian language, religion and society. Topics covered included: body language and etiquette; literature and folktales; Balinese dance; grammar; popular culture, and; performance art. An excellent luncheon of Indonesian dishes was provided.
Feedback on the workshop from teachers was very positive. Some participants expressed satisfaction that the presentations were classroom-ready while others felt the materials presented would help develop their professional skills. BBI (ACT) is proud to have been able to contribute its in-house expertise to assist Indonesian teachers in a practical and entertaining way to create relevant and contemporary classroom materials for use at their schools. Some photos of the workshop appear below.