Mother Tongue to Facilitate Thematic Learning

Mother Tongue to Facilitate Thematic Learning

All of the participants, resource persons and observers take memorable pictures.

All of the participants, resource persons and observers take memorable pictures.

Aiming to improve teachers’ understanding about the basic concept of 2013 Curriculum,  especially in conducting thematic learning in primary classes using mother tongue-based approach, SEAMEO QITEP in Language organised The Workshop on Thematic Learning Model with Mother Tongue-based Approach on 18-22 April 2016 at Aston Priority Simatupang Hotel, South Jakarta.

The five resource persons lead  the workshop

The five resource persons lead the workshop

The five resource persons of the workshop were Johnny Tjia, PhD and Ms Ludia Christina Maitimu (Sulinama Foundation), Dr Irene Maria Julia Astuti (Polytechnic Creative Mediaof Jakarta), Erry Utomo, PhD (Centre for Curriculum and Books), as well as Dr Felicia N. Utorodewo (SEAMEO QITEP in Language). The participants were 29 elementary school teachers from eleven provinces in Indonesia, namely Ambon, Banten, Gorontalo, Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, East Kalimantan, Lampung, Makassar and Yogyakarta. To advocate the use of mother tongue in teaching and learning process, SEAMEO QITEP In Language also invited observers from institutions in charge of curriculum and materials development, they were Ms Maria Listiyanti and Ms Wuri Prihantini (Centre for Curriculum and Books), Ms Ingrid Veronica Kusuma Wardhani (Polytechnic Creative Media of Jakarta), Ms Dyah T. Indirasari (University of Indonesia) as well as Ms Asianti Sudjiman.

Participants do group work, lesson plan presentation and microteaching

Participants do group work, lesson plan presentation and microteaching

In the workshop, the resource persons explained how to implement thematic learning by using mother tongue-based approach. In one of the sessions, Ms Laudia Christina Maitimu conducted a teaching simulation by using mother tongue as a bridge language of instruction. After the simulation, the participants were devided into groups based on their province. Each group was required to make a lesson plan and present it in front of the resource persons and fellow participants afterwards. Some participants also had to do microteaching based on the lesson plans. The microteaching was full of laughters as they sang a popular children song with lyrics were converted into their mother tongue.

Mr.Rosyidi  - participant from central java – express his feelings about the workshop during interview

Mr.Rosyidi – participant from central java – express his feelings about the workshop during interview

At the end of workshop one of the participants, Mr Rosyidi, expressed his gratitude for being invited to the workshop. He realised now that thematic learning is not as difficult as he imagined before. In fact, he now believes that using mother tongue as the bridge language of intsruction in the primary level of grade 1-3 is more effective to enable the students to comprehend the lessons.

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