ASILE conference presentation:
Incorporating Culture in Teaching Online Indonesian Language Classes
Technology has been used as an effective teaching tool for Indonesian language learners. There is a variety of activities of how teachers can help Indonesian language learners develop their language skills through the use of technology. The newest technologies allow teachers to try things in online classrooms that were not possible before. Online Indonesian classrooms can play an integral part in providing them with valuable language experiences as they learn the language. There are specific ways of integrating culture into the online classrooms and supplementing their textbooks with cultural elements. Connecting with a native speaker from the country itself and practicing the language is a more personal and interesting way for them to learn about the language.
Experience with the target culture helps to develop context and makes learning the language more meaningful. The importance of integrating culture and its teaching into Indonesian language classrooms has long been noticed. Learners can benefit from experiences they may not have access to. This workshop will demonstrate one of the ways for participants to incorporate culture into their online classrooms. The participants will be presented with realia related to three main cultures; Balinese, Madurese and Kalimantan traditional clothes. Furthermore, it will include a live Skype demonstration and the participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions and communicate with a teacher in IALF Bali, Indonesia.
Ni Putu Dian Cahyani was born in Badung, Bali on 12 May 1984. She finished her BA English Language Education in Ganesha University, Singaraja in 2006. She joined IALF in 2007 and has taught Indonesian and English languages since then. As an Indonesian instructor, she has taught beginner to intermediate levels. She joined the 2011 RTV WILTA program in Western Australia and was invited to be a guest speaker at Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools, New South Wales in 2013.
Ni Putu Dian Cahyani, S. Pd.