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The Indonesian Language Teacher Immersion (ILTI)
Australia needs “to have more of our students studying Indonesian culture and language” (Foreign Minister Stephen Smith in The Age 20-2-2009).
Having more students studying Indonesian in Australian schools requires classroom-ready specialist Indonesian language teachers with a substantial experience in, and knowledge of, Indonesia, its languages and its cultures.
The Indonesian Language Teacher Immersion (ILTI) will achieve this objective by effectively providing high-quality Indonesian language teachers, through tailored ‘in-country’ programs, based at the prestigious Universitas Sanata Dharma in Yogyakarta, well-known for its educational expertise. ILTI will accommodate pre-service and in-service teachers, and also Indonesian background speakers, thereby increasing teacher supply and providing attractive and innovative pathways to fast-track advanced linguistic and classroom competence.
The ILTI offers programs that encourage flexible approaches to the teaching of Indonesian language. The ILTI core curriculum components can be taught in English as needed, and participants may enter the program with any ability level in the Indonesian language, from complete beginners to advanced. It will provide participants with a greater understanding of unfamiliar linguistic, cultural and political environments, and also the opportunity to learn and practice innovative methods of language teaching. It encourages partnerships between Australian and Indonesian teachers to provide the personal foundation upon which to build student exchanges in future years, and thus, offer both students and teachers real world experiences in an Indonesian context.
Benefits of the ILTI Program
Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
This material (ILTI wepages) was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
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