BBI (ACT) Celebrates Indonesian Language Teaching in Canberra Schools

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



Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) hosted a visit by renowned former Indonesia Idol star, Michael Jakarimilena to Canberra on 1-2 September 2016.  Michael, accompanied by guitarist Tony Brillyanto, performed a schools-only concert at Alfred Deakin High School on 1 September for over 150 students of Indonesian from secondary schools throughout the ACT region. Michael, a native of Papua Province, thrilled his enthusiastic audience with renditions of his most popular recent songs, including ‘Raya Indonesia’, ‘Salam Tiga Jari’ and ‘Papua Dalam Cinta’. Michael also performed for an appreciative audience at the Indonesian Embassy on the evening of 2 September. Michael’s Canberra performances followed a highly successful visit to Perth where he also performed for schools in concerts organised by BBI Perth. From Canberra Michael left for Northeast Victoria where he was due to perform at the Beechworth Secondary College on 5 September before returning to Indonesia.

In welcoming Michael and Tony to Canberra, BBI (ACT) chair, Heath McMichael, said that their visit reinforced a primary goal of the BBI (ACT) to support the learning and teaching of Indonesian in schools in the ACT and throughout Australia. Heath congratulated the performers for rekindling students’ passion for the Indonesian language and for building a bridge between cultures. “Michael and Tonys’ electric performance at Alfred Deakin High School demonstrated once again the power of music diplomacy”, Heath said.

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Australia Indonesia Association (ACT) Inc. presents the AIA WINTER DINNER 2016

Great entertainment – live Indonesian music and performances Nine piece Gamelan & Indonesian Band & Pendet Dance & Topeng Dance & live Indonesian song.

Quality 3 Course Dinner – Main: Indonesian Rendang (Halal)

Guest Speaker: Indonesian Ambassador: HE NADJIB RIPHAT KESOEMA


When: Saturday 16 July 2016 at 6.00 for 6.30pm

Where: Rich Rewards Room. Canberra Race Course, Randwick Road, Lyneham, ACT, 2602

 Cost:    $60 for members – $70 for non-members

Lucky Door Prize from Indo Cafe


Purchase Tickets by:

  1. Pay Online (preferred method)
  2. Electronic Funds Transfers to: Account Name: Australia Indonesia Association ACT Branch

BSB 032729 Account No: 130447. On payment please enter: WD – Your surname and email a receipt copy and your details to; OR

  1. Cheques payable to “Australia Indonesia Association” can be sent to:

AIA (ACT) PO Box 7252 Duffy ACT 2611


For more information and tickets contact:

Phone: Bill Rhemrev 0438 881 750 or Yetty Daly 6286 5551 (ah) or SMS Les Boag 0418 210 348

Non-members of AIA also welcome

Please note deadline for bookings is Friday 8 July 2016

(tickets sold out last few years so please book early)


AIA gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

IndoCafe, Embassy of Indonesia Canberra



Book Club-Laskar Pelangi

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BBI(ACT)’s second book club meeting will discuss: Laskar Pelangi (book/film)


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·      Date: 18.30, 15 July 2016

·      Place: Bu Prapti’s house – 28 Mirning Crescent, Aranda

·      Catering: $10/person for Indonesian dinner

·      RSVP: ACCEPTANCE ONLY, no later than 8 July 2016 to            

Discussion can be done in both Indonesian & English (but if possible, more Indonesian than English, especially if we have Indonesian ‘learners’, or those who want to maintain/improve their proficiency).
If you don’t have a copy of the book/film try Googleplay ( – in English) or open source:

Novel Laskar Pelangi adalah novel pertama dari tetralogi tulisan Andrea Hirata. Buku lanjutan Laskar Pelangi ini, berturut-turut adalah Sang Pemimpi, Endesor, serta Maryamah Karpov.

Hirata memulainya dengan kisah sedih dunia pendidikan di Indonesia dan berfokus pada akan ditutupnya satu sekolah yang kekurangan murid, yaitu SD Muhammadiyah di Gantung Belitung Timur. Namun, karena perjuangan orang setempat mereka berhasil mendaftar 10 murid (syarat jumlah minimum) dan sekolah dengan bangunan sederhana itu tetap diijinkan beraktifitas seperti biasanya. Ke-sepuluh murid tersebut adalah para laskar pelangi. Nama yang diberikan guru mereka bernama Bu Mus, oleh karena kegemaran mereka terhadap pelangi. Siapa saja mereka dan bagaimana kisah perjalanan mereka?Novel ini menceritakan kehidupan 10 anak di Belitong. Andrea H

Points for discussion: (not necessarily in this order)

Waktu Anda membaca novel ini, kesan dan perasaan apa yang


·      Menurut Anda apa tema (& subtema) dan pesan novel ini?

·      Bagaimana penokohannya?

·      Latar (tempat, sosial budaya, dll)?Children in class LP

·      Alur ceritanya?

·      (Gaya) Bahasanya?

ASILE 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 9.33.55 pmThe 2016 ASILE Conference will be hosted by the INTAN (Indonesian Teachers’ Association of South Australia).

The theme for 2016 is “INDOVASI menuju paradigma baru” (moving into a new paradigm) in Indonesian language education.

This theme has been chosen specifically to provoke our thinking about the future of Indonesian language teaching and research. As a field, we find ourselves in challenging times. On the one hand there is much rhetoric about the importance of our relationship with Indonesia and the value of learning Indonesian, and yet on the other hand, we have fewer programs and  studying the language than in previous years. We are in rapidly changing times, with shifting political and economic forces, increased mobility, expanding communication technologies and networks, and demands on us to be innovative and agile.

It is within this context that participants are asked to consider the future of Indonesian language and culture teaching and research. We ask: What do we imagine the future will look like? What will it mean for future generations to learn Indonesian? How might we respond to these challenges and opportunities? What will we need to realise our vision?

All participants interested in these questions and more are encouraged to attend the conference and contribute to the dialogue about the future of our field, and to shape a paradigma baru together.

For information on ASILE 2016 go to:

Early Bird Registration – opening soon

Early bird registration is available from 15 June until close of business on 31 July, 2016 (Australian Central Standard Time).
Conference program registration
Early Bird Registration:                                                      $300
Standard Registration:                                                      $350
Student / Non-practicing Teacher Registration:    $250
International participant:                                                  $300
Conference presenters:                                                     $300
Single day registration (Saturday or Sunday)          $180


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