Developing Literacy Competence for All Subject

In order to support and promote School Literacy Movement with “Language to Develop Character” as its slogan, SEAMEO QITEP in Language (the Centre) carried out Seminar on Implementation of Literacy Movement for two days (4-5 December 2017) which aimed to empower teachers in develop the students’ literacy competence. The seminar not only targeted language teachers, but also other subjects such as Biology, Computer, Mathematics, Physic, Science, Social Studies, etc. A total of 108 teachers from Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) areas participated enthusiastically in the seminar. Besides, the Centre also invited 20 students of secondary schools who, during the seminar, were given special workshop on writing.

To accommodate the diversity of the participants, the Centre provided four plenary sessions and two workshop sessions. In the plenary sessions, 108 teachers acquired knowledge on the policy of national literacy development, literacy development on language, science and mathematics as well as strategy to develop literacy in school and society. Moreover, in one of the workshop sessions, the participants learnt how to make a short story based on the events. For this, the Centre invited Dr Fairul Zabadi (National Agency for Language Development and Cultivation/Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa), Mr Wien Muldian (Task Force of School Literacy Movement for Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia/Satuan Tugas Gerakan Literasi Sekolah Kemendikbud), Dr Eko Djuniarto (Centre for Development and Empowerment of Language Teachers and Education Personnel/PPPPTK Bahasa), Dr Felicia Nuradi Utorodewo (University of Indonesia), Ms Ni Komang Ariani (University of Pamulang), Mr Taat Budiono (Jendela Dunia Reading Studio/Sanggar Baca Jendela Dunia), Prof Dr Triyanta (SEAMEO QITEP in Science), Dr Wahyudi (SEAMEO QITEP in Mathematics) as well as Dr Bambang Indriyanto (SEAMEO QITEP in Language).

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Moreover, in another workshop session, which was dedicated for students, the participants were encouraged by Ms Muthia Fadhila Khairunnisa (Labschool Jakarta Senior High School/SMA Labschool Jakarta), a young writer who produced books and short movies, to gain more interest in writing. Therefore, she shared about benefits of writing for students, i.e. as a medium to express feelings, to inform/motivate/entertain people as well as to improve skills in composing sentences. At the end of the session, the participants were asked confidently use their imagination to write a short story based on two pictures provided.

The resource persons, moderator and participants pose for a picture at the end of the writing workshop session and symbolized the L word for literacy.

The resource persons, moderator and participants pose for a picture at the end of the writing workshop session and symbolized the L word for literacy.

The seminar gave good impression to the participants as told in the following testimony. Ms Elly Sylvia Tjin (Jakarta Multicultural School, South Tangerang) mentioned that, “The seminar was well-presented and interesting for two days. Good materials and openness to discussion, clear speaking and sufficient knowledge of subject matter. I learnt many things related to literacy. All speakers were able to present the material clearly. The organisation of materials was logical and built as we went along”.

Resource persons and participants pose together a picture after the closing ceremony.

Resource persons and participants pose together a picture after the closing ceremony.

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