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:
Text analysis, culture & crisis management: Training students to use research tools
This two-part talk introduces a new, research-based ‘crisis management’ unit at Monash. In part one, I introduce the unit, which examines how cultural underpinnings and difference come to bear on Australian-Indonesian relations at times of crisis. Students from Indonesian Studies and other majors work together in teams to review the progression and outcomes of high-profile crises (e.g. Bali 9 executions, 2004 Tsunami). Students then work together to ‘manage’ a mock crisis, with a focus on drawing on the collective knowledge and skills of the team, and using ‘real-world’ text analysis tools.
In part two, I address the motivations for the unit and how the unit seeks to address key difficulties encountered by Indonesian Studies at Monash. For instance, the cooperative and interdisciplinary nature of the unit empowers Indonesian Studies students who see how their cultural/linguistic knowledge has real-world implications. Moreover, non-Indonesian students come to value the ‘soft’ skills of the Indonesian Studies grads. In a time of dwindling student numbers, I close by discussing how this unit, and its content, may serve as a pathway to Indonesian Studies.
Presented as part of Colloquium 2 with:
Do we still need to teach literature?
Dwi Noverini Djenar
The University of Sydney
Re-thinking Language Learning and Teaching Strategy: Producing Learner and Teacher
Colloquial Indonesian: its relationship with Standard Indonesian and its role in language teaching
Michael C Ewing
The University of Melbourne
Howard Manns is a Lecturer in Linguistics at Monash University, where he lectures on the history and sociolinguistics of English and Indonesian. He is the co-author of Communication Across Cultures: Mutual Understanding in a Global World (Cambridge) and co-author of the forthcoming Style & Intersubjectivity in Youth Interaction. Before coming to Monash, he taught English in East Java and worked a language and cultural specialist for the US government in the Middle East.
Dr Howard Manns
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts