BBI (ACT) CELEBRATES THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF INDONESIAN LANGUAGE TEACHERS IN CANBERRA

Guests at the dinner to honour Indonesian teachers in the ACT, Canberra, Friday 23 November 2018

BBI (ACT) hosted a dinner on Friday, 23 November 2018 for teachers of Indonesian to honour their achievements in fostering the learning of the Indonesian language and culture at schools in Canberra and surrounding districts.  Around 50 guests, comprising school principals, Indonesian teachers and Indonesian Language Teaching Assistants (ILTAs) from 12 government and non-government schools in the ACT and surrounding region, attended the dinner at the Indonesian Embassy.  The Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr Kristiarto Legowo, was the guest of honour.

In welcoming guests, the Chair of BBI (ACT), Mr Heath McMichael, said that it was a sad fact that no matter how long Indonesian programs have been in place, schools would continue to face competing demands for teachers and resources.

“BBI (ACT) is of the view that the task of upholding Indonesian language programs in ACT schools needs to be shouldered by many: by national governments in both countries through funding initiatives to overcome language learning deficits; by education authorities and school administrators who aim to strengthen Asia-literacy in the class room, and by the parents of students who recognise the benefits that come from an understanding of the language of our nearest northern neighbour”, Heath said.

At a time when resources for teaching Indonesian at Australian schools and universities are coming under increasing pressure, it is important to demonstrate practical support for Indonesian language programs in schools.  Heath said BBI (ACT) was doing its bit by organising intensive Indonesian language and culture workshops for teachers and seeking joint accreditation with the Australian National University (ANU) as a qualified provider of professional learning and development for teachers.

Dr Elly Kent from the ANU’s Indonesia Institute delivered an interesting presentation on how various art and youth exchange programs between Australia and Indonesia offered opportunities for motivating Indonesian learning at all levels.  Canberra-based practitioners of traditional Indonesian dance and Javanese gamelan performed during the dinner which featured a sumptuous three course meal of Indonesian dishes.

Heath said that BBI (ACT) was keen to see more school students learning Indonesian in the ACT.  BBI (ACT) would continue to work with teachers, schools, the ACT education authorities and the Indonesian Embassy to stimulate interest in taking up the Indonesian language.

BBI (ACT) HOSTS INDONESIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS

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.

 

Indonesian language teachers honoured at gala Canberra dinner

 

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Indonesian Language Teaching Assistants in Canberra presented with Certificates of Appreciation, 20 October 2017

Primary and secondary school teachers of Indonesian were honoured at a gala dinner hosted by the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (BBI-ACT) at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra on Friday, 20 October 2017. Teachers and School Principals from at least 15 ACT government and non-government schools attended the dinner which an opportunity to exchange classroom experiences teaching Indonesian to students in Canberra. Certificates of Appreciation were handed out to 10 Indonesian Language Teaching Assistants who give up time outside their own academic studies in Canberra tertiary institutions to teach in Canberra schools under a MOU between the ACT Education Directorate and the Indonesian Embassy. Guests were treated to a three-course Indonesian meal, Balinese gamelan music performed by local enthusiasts and traditional Indonesian dances. They heard a keynote address by Bapak Halim Nataprawira from the Queensland Department of Education who delivered an insightful presentation on the use of formal versus informal Bahasa Indonesia.

BBI (ACT) Chair, Heath McMichael, told guests it was important for young people to develop an understanding of Asian cultures and languages in an increasingly Asia-centric world. Asia-literacy was a vital commodity for those contemplating carriers in commerce, overseas education and travel in Asia. To promote an awareness of Indonesian culture and language, BBI (ACT) organised activities for members and the general public, for example Indonesian film nights, book club events and study tours of Indonesia for teachers of Indonesian.

Heath said that BBI (ACT) was keen to see more school students learning Indonesian in the ACT. BBI (ACT) would continue to work with teachers, schools, the education authorities and the Indonesian Embassy to stimulate interest in taking up the Indonesian language.

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FAREWELL PAK RONNY!

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

Indonesian Teachers Applauded in Canberra Schools

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Teachers of Indonesian language in Canberra schools hosted at dinner by Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) 11.9.15

The outstanding achievements of primary and secondary school teachers of the Indonesian language were honoured at a dinner hosted by the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (‘Indonesian Language Pavilion’) in Canberra on 11 September 2015. Around 40 past and present teachers exchanged classroom experiences teaching Indonesian at the function held at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. BBI (ACT) Chair and master of ceremonies for the dinner, Heath McMichael, told guests the challenge of promoting Indonesian language and culture in Australia is one not just for governments but for all community members who wanted to turn around the decline in the numbers of students taking up Asian languages. Addressing the dinner, Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, said the teaching of Indonesian in Australian schools added ballast to people-to-people relations between the two countries. BBI (ACT) hopes to recreate the warmth and camaraderie of the occasion at future events celebrating the efforts of teachers in line with its goal to promote Indonesian language and culture in the ACT and beyond.