Richard Curtis, Hannah Knight and Kate Reitzenstein
Dr Richard Curtis is lecturer in Indonesian language at Charles Darwin
university, in Darwin, Northern Territory. Richard is currently
conducting research on popular cultural practices (in literature, film,
music, visual art and theatre) and the sociolinguistics of language use
in Indonesia. He has also coordinated intensive immersion and incountry
Indonesian language and culture programs. Prior to his position at CDU,
Richard has taught at Curtin University (Perth) and the University of
Hannah Knight Having completed my B.Arts(Hons) at LaTrobe University Bundoora
(double major Indonesian and Linguistics)
I was appointed senior Indonesian teacher at Aquinas College, Ringwood.
In a school of 1600 students, I have 80 students studying Indonesian.
Though I have educational connections in Jakarta, Kendari and Manado
I intend to stay at Aquinas for a few years, before venturing over there to teach.
I also have ambitions to interpret and translate.
Kate Reitzenstein teaches Indonesian Year 8 -10 at Melville Senior High School
and is Co-ordinator of the school's International Programme.
She has taught ESL and Indonesian in Western Australia
for the past ten years and has worked in Bandung as an EFL teacher.
Title of presentation
The Darwin held 2007 Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship
(ELTF) Indonesian language and culture program for practicing and
trainee teachers: A credible alternative to incountry experience?
Due to DFAT travel warnings, the DEST funded 2007 ELTF program for
practicing and trainee teachers of Indonesian was not run in Indonesia,
but Darwin, Australia. In descending order, the objectives of the
three-week intensive language and cultural 'immersion' program was to:
improve the participants' language proficiency, or more broadly,
communicative competencies; update and deepen understandings of
contemporary Indonesian culture, further expose participants to good
LOTE teaching methodologies and useful resources; and provide
participants with networking opportunities. The program attempted to
immerse participants in an authentic Indonesian experience through the
choice of interwoven language and cultural activities both in and
outside formal classes. Although the program was not run in Indonesia,
the program was 'incountry' in the sense that it involved genuine,
regular engagement with Darwin's local Indonesian community, and
exposure to indigenous aboriginal communities, central to the Northern
This presentation will describe some of the interesting features and
highlights of the 2007 Indonesian ELTF program from the perspectives of
the program coordinator and participants. We will also attempt to gauge
how well the program met its objectives, participant expectations, and
has contributed to individual participants' current classroom teaching
* 1 hr presentation workshop with three speakers
* 15 minutes Richard - Background to ELTF program, structure, objectives and outcomes
* 15 minutes Hannah -participant's experiences, classroom applications
* 15 minutes Kate- participant's experiences, classroom applications
* 15 minutes Open Discussion
* Computer, internet connection, data beam projector, loud
speakers, CD Rom or flash drive to play audio and video.
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