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Indonesia Australia Forest Carbon Partnership Through the Kalimantan Forest and Climate Partnership (KFCP) Indonesia and Australia are working together to support international efforts on REDD Plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries). On 13 February, 2012 in Kapuas, Central Kalimantan, Kang Guru observed the signing of a declaration by 7 village heads whose villages have recently joined the Indonesia-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership (IAFCP). Pak Dahlan, the Kepala Desa of Mantangai Hulu explained why this was important for his village: “...karena kelihatannya kegiatan ini sangat menyentuh masyarakat langsung dan melibatkan beberapa lembaga yang ada di masyarakat di desa. Jadi kemungkinan ini berjalan dengan baik dan sukses.” See the full story of the KGI trip to Banjarmasin, the KGI FOKUS teacher workshop in Bati –Bati and Sue’s visit to MTs Al Amin on the KGI Travel Page on the KGI website http://www.kangguru.org/kgretravel.htm
Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange in Riau Australian and Indonesian participants of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) spent eight weeks, starting late December 2011, living and working in communities in Pekanbaru and Rokan Hulu in Riau province. During their time in Riau province, the participants lived with host families in the village of Rambah Hilir Tengah and worked with them to develop and implement community development activities. They also presented interactive cultural performances and English teaching and sporting activities with local school children. Do you know that the Indonesian participants lived and worked in Australia for two months in late 2011 before returning to Indonesia with the Aussie participants? This involved a two-month homestay and work placement program in Adelaide and on Kangaroo Island just south of Adelaide, in South Australia. AIYEP is an annual program promoting people-to-people links between Australians and Indonesians and is managed by the Australia-Indonesia Institute and the Indonesian Ministry of Youth and Sport. Check out the KGI website for a full report and video of AIYEP 2012.
IndoGym in Yogyakarta In February this year, the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Greg Moriarty, visited an Australian-funded gymnastics program for Indonesian youth in Yogyakarta (see front cover). The IndoGym program is conducted by education foundation Tunas Cerdas Gempita and provides gymnastic training to 100 girls and 25 children with special needs from local communities. The Australian Government has granted $19,500 as part of its Australian Sports Outreach Program to provide 20 weeks of free training for all participants of the program. The program is a ‘Gymnastics for All’ initiative designed for children below the age of 10 years and is adapted from an already successful program operating in the state of Victoria, Australia. The Ambassador said, “This is an excellent example of a program that promotes social inclusion, healthy behaviours and education and leadership opportunities for young men and women. It is important for Australia to support programs like this in Indonesia. Sport is an excellent vehicle for bringing together people of our two countries and building stronger links at all levels of society.”
Australia Indonesia Education Partnership It is important that all schools in Indonesia provide the highest quality programs to their students and that the teachers who work within their classrooms are of the highest quality possible. Islamic schools are an important part of the Indonesian education system. In Indonesia, there are thousands of schools and a significant percentage of these institutions are Madrasah. The new $500 million Australia Indonesia Education Partnership is working with the Ministry of National Education and Culture and the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) to help improve access to schools, improve the quality of schools and support accreditation for Madrasah. The Australia Indonesia Education Partnership provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Religious Affairs via the Directorate of Madrasah Education to support MoRA’s program of preparing Madrasah to apply for National Education Standards (NES). Up to 1500 Madrasah across 21 provinces and in 72 districts will be supported by a mixture of capacity development activities and block grants assistance. MoRA’s goal is to have a majority of Madrasah accredited to the NES by 2014-15.
International Women’s Day On March 8th, AusAID and Australia Awards joined together to present a full day program entitled ‘Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures’ at the Taman Ismail Marzuki Theater complex in Jakarta. Activities included a forum where Australia Awards alumni met together to listen to keynote speakers talking about building the capacity of, and overcoming the challenges faced by women as they take up their roles in the development of Indonesia. In the afternoon participants were joined by 150 female high school students to enjoy a Talk Show moderated by radio presenter Sarah Gadrie. Panellists included news anchor and Australian Development Scholarship recipient Najwa Shihab, singer and writer Dee Lestari, Suzy Hutomo, the head of Body Shop in Indonesia, and Sara Moriarty, Climate Change Counsellor from AusAID Indonesia. The interactive Talk Show was designed to create an environment where female secondary school students were encouraged to dream big. “This International Women’s Day, inspirational and successful Indonesian and Australian women will be sharing their career successes, challenges and lessons learnt with young Indonesian women about to embark on their careers,” said the Head of AusAID in Indonesia, Jacqui De Lacy. Other activities included a photography exhibition of Indonesian women involved in AusAID projects including Australia Awards and Kang Guru Indonesia.
What do all these well-known Indonesians have in common? Denny Indrayana Ikrar Nusa Bakti Chusnul Mariyah Kusmayanto Kadiman Najwa Shihab Marty Natalegawa Boediono Hermanto Dardak That’s right - they are all alumni of Australia. They all studied with a scholarship from the Australian Government. Maybe you are eligible to do the same? Applications for the latest round of Australian scholarships open on 12 March and close on 17 August, 2012.
Teachers, have you ever wished you could improve your English classroom or the way you teach? Be sure to listen to KGI radio, Series 7700 beginning in mid April for ‘Sue’s Tips for Effective Teaching in the Classroom.’ Listen to Sue Rodger presenting her special tips on preparing yourself before the term begins, what to include when planning your lessons (see examples below) and ways to motivate your students. There are more suggestions for you about using textbooks, why it is so important to review and revise both grammar and vocabulary, and also hints to improve your classroom management skills. Try them ALL and why not write to Kang Guru with a tip that you would like to share with other teachers - email@example.com
Planning Lessons �
Planning is essential – not just individual plans or short term plans but long term plans too. There are many reasons for this, including achieving aims, good timing, covering all skills, giving a variety of tasks and activities, reviewing and giving preparation for exams.
Timing is an important aspect so you are not rushing either at the end of individual lessons to complete your daily lesson plan but also in the long term so that all topics have been covered adequately by the end of the term before the exam. Don’t forget to leave enough time for review.
As you are planning, check that you are
Try to make the topics as interesting as
covering all the skills equally and not having
possible - include the students in some
too many lessons where perhaps writing
aspects of planning the lessons sometimes.
or reading is the main skill.
As you plan you can also check that a variety of activities are presented. If you always give students the same type of task they will get bored and you are not giving them the opportunity to stretch themselves.
Include a mixture of activities where students work alone, work in pairs and work in groups. Students need time to work alone sometimes to test themselves. Working in pairs helps students with self-correction and take some responsibility for their own learning. Group work gives students time to explore topics together and talk with confidence.
Include games, songs and quizzes from time to time. Make them a reward or treat rather than in every lesson.
KGI In The Classroom Quick Fix and ….. shhhh pronunciation During April and May why not listen to Kang Guru Indonesia’s weekly radio programs to improve your pronunciation. KGI has written some special Quick Fix segments about pronouncing words which contain tricky, silent letters. Letters such as k and p and t which are there when we spell the word but not when we pronounce them knowledge, psychology and fasten. This is a great opportunity to hear how these words should be pronounced. Hopefully there is a KGI radio station near you. If there isn’t a KGI radio
Have you ever visited the KGI website? What did you look at? Many of you already visit and learn from the Quick Fix, Idioms Inggris, Different Pond Different Fish, and the Joeys Pages. But what about KGI’s In the Classroom Page? There are many, many ideas for teachers including MP3 podcasts and PDF activity sheets complete with teacher notes and answer keys. Have you tried them yet? They are easy to download yourself and use in the classroom. Have a look today and try them. KGI is here to help, ok?
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Although KG I is KGI curr ently in a currently transition phase, ther e there ar e still many things are happening. For example, r ecent teacher workshops for FOKUS MT s SA AIBEP schools MTs has meant that lots of materials need to be pack ed up for workshop packed participants. All of these boxes (see above) wer e tak en by Sue and were taken Ayu to T asikmalaya in Tasikmalaya February February.. They contained workshop and classroom materials, posters and prizes. That’s a lot of pr eparation, packing and sending. Thanks Hendra and Ogi Ogi..
What is ambition? Ambition is the desire for personal achievement. It provides the motivation and determination necessary to achieve a particular end or condition. Ambitious people are characterised by their strong desire for attainment, power, or superiority. Do you have an ambition in life? Are you an ambitious person? Look at the Joeys. Can you guess what their ambitions are? What are your ambitions for the future? Send your responses to Ayu at firstname.lastname@example.org before April 27th.
The KGI team is happy to announce that the Kang Guru Indonesia Facebook Fans Page membership has reached over 12,000 people. Can you believe that? And the number is increasing every day. KGI would like to say thank you for being one of our fans on Facebook BUT don’t stop now. Please keep promoting the KGI Facebook Fans Page to your friends, ok? Thanks for your posts and your responses!
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Neologism is a combination of two ancient Greek words “neo” (new) and logos (word). Basically, a neologism is a new word that is being used by native speakers in conversation and text, but hasn’t appeared in a dictionary yet. In fact as soon as it appears in dictionary, it is no longer a neologism - just like bahasa gaul in Indonesia. An example: to tweet (to send messages using Twitter), NEET (acronym : not in employment, education or training), etc. But remember not all native speakers know/use these new words. Now can you give examples of a “neologism” in our language?