Workshop on Classroom Language Development

Aiming to improve the performance of foreign language teaching, SEAMEO QITEP in Language conducted Workshop on Classroom Language Development on 24-26 October 2017 in SEAMEO BIOTROP, Bogor, West Java. The Centre invited 20 language teachers (Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Japanese), two lecturers of Indonesian Language as a Foreign Language, as well as eight representatives of Centre as participants.

Picture 1: Resource Persons of the Workshop on Classroom Language Development

Picture 1: Resource Persons of the Workshop on Classroom Language Development

The workshop was opened by the Centre’s Deputy Director of Program E. Nilla Pramowardhanny, MA. In her remarks, she explained that classroom language refers to expressions or utterances used in the classroom by teachers and students to have interaction. The classroom language is very important in language learning to assist the students to communicate in the target language actively. She also explained that the Centre planned to produce classroom language posters which would assist foreign language teachers and students to recall and use necessary expressions when communicating with each other. The posters then will be distributed freely to schools offering foreign languages to their students.

Picture 2: E. Nilla Pramowardhanny, MA presents the correlation between a teacher’s language proficiency and students’ language acquisition

Picture 2: E. Nilla Pramowardhanny, MA presents the correlation between a teacher’s language proficiency and students’ language acquisition

During the workshop, by working in groups and assisted by the resource persons, the participants revised the drafts of classroom language content prepared by the Centre’s staff. The content of the classroom language included expressions for greeting, leave taking, socialising, managing a lesson, and complimenting. The resource persons emphasized that language is closely related to culture, therefore, the classroom language should be customized based on the target culture. After that, each group presented the revision of classroom language.

Picture 3: The participants discuss with the illustrator

Picture 3: The participants discuss with the illustrator

On the last day, the participants had a chance to discuss on the poster design and samples of expressions  with the illustrator.

Prior to the workshop’s closing, Ms E. Nilla Pramowardhanny expressed her gratitude to the resource persons and participants for their hard work in elaborating the utterances and phrases to meet the requirement of classroom language standard. The production and distribution of classroom language to teachers or schools will mark as one of the Centre’s endeavours in enhancing foreign language teaching in the Southeast Asia region.

Picture 4: Dr Raimond Selke, a resource person from Goethe Institut

Picture 4: Dr Raimond Selke, a resource person from Goethe Institut

Picture 5: Every group representative presents the revised draft of classroom language content

Picture 5: Every group representative presents the revised draft of classroom language content

Picture 6: Resource persons and the participants take a group photo during the closing ceremony

Picture 6: Resource persons and the participants take a group photo during the closing ceremony

 

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