ISN Issue 59
Welcome to Issue 59 - second issue for 2010.

Phillip Mahnken, Sunshine Coast

"The good news is that Australia - the only Western society geographically in Asia - is uniquely positioned geographically to benefit from the Asian century. [...] The bad news is that our fast-disappearing Asia literacy is letting us down. The constant public rhetoric in government, business and education of internationalisation and angagement with Asia is just that: rhetoric." [...]

Once properly funded, a new 2020 National Asia Literacy program would have two limbs. The first would be mainstreaming language education. Like it or not, our current low base means the only way the only way we can realistically re-tool quickly enough is to make learning LOTE (Languages Other Than English, both Asian and others) compulsory in our schools

"We have dumbed-down so far that we are unable to speak to the people in our own region in their languages."

Prof. Tim Lindsey, Director, Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne

  • Indonesian language learners and native speakers discussion group (all polite topics allowed, except commercial spam), sign up at indonesian_learners
    If you are looking for a real beginners e-group, better to join: australiaindonesia

  •   The Indonesian Studies Newsletter
    of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)

        Issue 59 May - August 2010

  • Funds needed for Asia literacy in schools, by Rowan Callick, The Australian, March 22, 2010 [Local copy]
  • The Power of Speech by Prof. Tim Lindsey, one hard-hitting article among six pages in a Special in the Australian on Learning Asia on Friday 21 May 2010 [see quote in left-hand column]
  • Growing need to sharpen focus on Asia, by Rowan Callick, The Australian, May 24, 2010 [Local copy]
  • Foreign student teachers decline, LUCY HOOD, EDUCATION NOW EDITOR, The Advertiser, May 18, 2010
  • Other languages help us understand our own, writes Christopher Bantick, The Courier-Mail, 20/01/2010
  • Poor language skills will hurt Adelaide Now, 29 Mar 2010
  • Asian language push in disarray by Jewel Topsfield, The Age 27 May 2010 [Local copy]
  • A nation adrift in Asia literacy by Greg Sheridan, The Australian, 27 May 2010 [Local]
  • Asian languages losing their allure , Bernard Lane, The Australian, 9/6/10 [Local copy]
  • Babes in the Asian Woods by John Craig, Centre for Policy and Development Systems
  • Learning LOTE in the 21st century Anne Pauwels on Lingua Franca 29 May 2010
  • Learning Languages Online ALTC report on Arabic with Abdel-Hakeem Kasem at ANU [ page 24 on the pdf file]
  • FORTHCOMING : Rizal Sukma, Exec. Director Centre for Strategic and International Studies Indonesia, speaks on Indonesia, Islam and Indonesia's Foreign Policy, 2 September - Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, courtesy Griffith University Perspectives Asia series
  • Asialink - Asia Society National Forum: Mapping our future in the Asian Century brought together 130 specialists and stakeholders from business, the arts, government, academia and the health and development areas in Parliament House, Canberra on 25 May 2010.Prime Minister and Opposition Leader delivered major speeches. The High Commissioner for India and the Ambassadors for China, Indonesia, Japan and the Republic of Korea participated in a panel discussion convened by Professor Tony Milner.
  • The AEF Four Language Reports and overall summary report
  • Curriculum Leadership journal article on "The current state of Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean language education in Australian schools: four languages, four stories
  • Livelihoods in East Java Louise Blair visits a fishing community at the edge of Pasuruan to see how life has changed since she worked on a project there three years ago. Article published in the Guardian Weekly's Letters from.. section.
  • ASAA's Asian Currents June 2010 Issue (pdf) see page 4-5 Asian language crisis; also article son Chinese as next world language p. 6-7; 'Adolescents in Indonesia in search of the ‘good life' p.13-14
  • Asian Languages: Asian language, research, students, studying, decline, trade, Behind the News
  • The University of Melbourne, Indonesia Forum and the School of Historical Studies public lecture by Dr Brad Simpson, Princeton University: Economists with Guns:
    The U.S., the World Community and Authoritarian Development in Suharto’s Indonesia
  • Lombok Intensive In-Country Language Program gearing up. New application form from new administrator at CDU available.

  • THE number of students studying languages under the new SACE is rapidly declining, according to a language expert who warns Australia is being left behind by other multi-lingual countries. UniSA associate professor Angela Scarino, from the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, said several teachers had contacted her, "distressed" at the number of Year 11 students shunning languages in the new SACE."We are going to have students who are ill prepared to face the world," she said. "We need to be able to understand diverse languages if we really want to trade, engage with other cultures and exchange ideas. Under the new SACE, students are given more flexibility in the number and type of subjects they study, with one less subject in years 11 and 12. The Advertiser 29 March 2010

  • Morgan phone poll of 687 people aged 14+ in August 2009 [from Inez Mahony 28 Sep 2009]:
  • A fifth of Australians (20%, down 1% since June 1989) believe Indonesia is Australia’s “Biggest Security Threat”.

    Some Indonesian language learning sites listed in Issue 54

  • - this one is thorough and terrific, plenty of input required, in exercises, not the most exciting in multimedia terms but you will really learn so much from zero to quite advanced level three levels, with a sound file, a reading (pdf) and an exercise on each theme - utterly superb for developing listening skills but requires intermediate Indonesian - some taster materials - looks (or rather, sounds) good to me, especially for those who like a measured and patient approach; meet authors at

    Indonesian and Japanese multimedia readers for the middle years (a NALSAS Project)

  • Websites or pages of ongoing value
  • INDONEWS from the Asia Institute of Melbourne University
  • Languages Education Australia - a treasure chest of developments in languages education
  • Berita Bahasa Indonesia NSW Bulletin for Teachers of Indonesian
  • Indonesian and Japanese Online Readers highly interactive and intercultural
  • Remembering vocabulary in your foreign language
  • Recent Asialink iLectures. (audio files). See also Recent Lecture, Seminar and Forum transcripts
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
  • National Online Undergraduate Seminar for Indonesian Studies 6 October 2006. Archives with sound and visuals are available via these links: Aspinall, Hatley, Elson and Ford. Try out the audio-conference room at
  • DARMASISWA SCHOLARSHIPS via the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. One year at an Indonesian institution studying the area of your choice (national and regional languages, music, dance, arts, etc) Dr. Agus Sartono, the new Education and Cultural Attaché has fifty scholarships to allocate and is keen to hear from applicants at any time. Further Darmasiswa Information is available at It's a once-in-a-lifetime and life-changing experience!
  • AsiaCALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)
  • Completely new worlds An inspiring testimonial from a languages student

    Return to the RAMBU WACANA - signpost to Indonesia-related links

  • Relevant reading for students and teachers in past issues.

    Issue 58, Issue 57, Issue 56, Issue 55, Issue 54, Issue 53, Issue 52 Issue 51 Issue 50 49 48 47 46 45 44,43,42, 41, 40,39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26


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