ASILE conference presentation:
The future of research in Indonesian language and culture education
In this panel discussion, we present recent research on various aspect of Indonesian language, Indonesian language teaching and Indonesian society, and explore the contributions such research can make to our understanding of how best to teach Indonesian to non-native speakers. We also ask what future directions research can take, that will continue to contribute to the field of Indonesian language teaching. Our four presentations aim to be a jumping off point for extended discussion, which will give conference participants a chance to respond to the ideas presented and to contribute their perspectives, input and suggestions for the future of research and the teaching of Indonesian. The four presentation are:
Do we still need to teach literature?
Dwi Noverini Djenar
The University of Sydney
There are many reasons why it is useful for students of Indonesian to read literary texts. Reading literature enriches language learning, enables students to examine social issues relevant to Indonesian society, and encourage them to critically reflect on their own society. Literature was an integral part of Indonesian teaching in Australia; however, in recent years it is taught only minimally. Is literature still relevant in Indonesian language teaching? How can we frame it within Indonesian language teaching today? What conceptual approaches can we call on to provide disciplinary depth to our teaching? I will draw on insights from socio-anthropological linguistics and stylistics to help me contextualize and address these questions.
Presented as part of Colloquium 2 with:
Colloquial Indonesian: its relationship with Standard Indonesian and its role in language teaching
Michael C Ewing
The University of Melbourne
Re-thinking Language Learning and Teaching Strategy: Producing Learner and Teacher
Text analysis, culture & crisis management: Training students to use research tools
Novi Djenar is Senior Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Semantic, Pragmatic and Discourse Perspectives of Preposition Use: A Study of Indonesian Locatives and A Student’s Guide to Indonesian Grammar, co-author of Indonesian Reference Grammar (2nd edition) and Style and Intersubjectivity in Youth Interaction (with M. Ewing and H. Manns, scheduled out 2017), and co-editor of Language and Identity Across Modes of Communication. Her current research interests are in topics related to literary linguistics (stylistics) and Indonesian popular literature.
The University of Sydney: