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MENERJEMAHKAN DUNIA: IF YOU ARE AN ENGLISH TEACHER, THIS IS A MUST-READ BOOK FOR YOU!

July 2, 2015 2 comments

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Menerjemahkan Dunia is a book authored by Mr. Dewantoro Ratri that tells us mostly about how to be a “good English teacher” based on his bulk teaching experiences. The book contains 202 pages with very “light” language, using informal daily conversation style (plus a lot of humor) so readers wouldn’t get bored reading it till the end.

The book tells us about the process of Mr. Dewantoro to be an English trainer—more than to be an ordinary English teacher. On his journey to succeed like nowadays, he met a lot of inspiring people and in his book, he shares all the stories.

The book is consisting of 7 main chapters with some sub-chapters each. Here in this post, I’d like to “expose” my 4 most favorite sub-chapters with a few of words. I hope you’ll buy the book and experience the amazing of Menerjemahkan Dunia. Read more…

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MASTERING ENGLISH FASTER WITHOUT SPENDING MUCH MONEY

May 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Being able to mastering English is a kind of common dream of many people. Some people achieve mastery by attending an expensive English class or by flying to English-speaking countries to study English, while some people spend no cost at all to be fluent in English—both writing and speaking. If you have to choose, which method will you use?

Flying to an English-speaking country to study English is an expensive dream, although it’s a ‘powerful’ and ‘fast’ way to achieve your goal. But, how if you have no much money, want to be soon mastering English, and expect the same result as studying abroad? Read more…

ENGLISH NIGHT: AN ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITY FOR NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

June 30, 2011 3 comments

New academic year is coming. There will be “new life” in each school with many activities to welcome new students such as orientation (MOS), “Persami” (or whatever the name), etc. But, so far I know, almost there is no school which organizes “English Night” or “English Camp” in the beginning of academic year.

English Night may become a creative way to welcome new students while teach and provoke the students into new way of thinking that English is easier than before through some creative methods. The sessions should not be formal and each session will take longer time than ordinary / classical teaching-learning process in the classroom. This way is to ensure each participant get the same chance to explore their English ability (as we know that sometime we “run out” of our teaching time at the class).

Some activities we may apply in an English Night are motivation session, training of debate and practice, speech training, genre training + journalism, and students’ performance. Although the activities seems to be the same as the activities in the classroom, but the session I suggest here should be totally different. I suggest no teacher in every session, but the senior students (as a peer educators) and some experts or competent alumni so that the session not too formal (except in SMP, teacher may still fully involve). Yeah, as we know that teacher mostly create formal and ceremonious session. Besides that, every session should be delivered through fun and interactive ways, no teaching-learning process as we do in the classroom. If it is possible, play a game or ask the students to sing English song acoustically in every transition of sessions. The most important thing is encourage our students to learn and practice their English as much as and as often as possible.

The example of motivation session is about “how to” learn English effectively as I often post in this blog. For the game session, we can apply “Follow me” game, “Running dictation” game, Quick quiz, etc. Then, for the genre training, we can bring the students to the historical place (or other places) around the school or camp-site if the English Night is in outdoor. Through this activity, students can learn and experience how to make a narrative, report, recount, or procedure text. At the same time, students can be directed to practice the basic of journalism that well-known as 5W + 1H.

At last, there will be some advantages of English Night besides it can be a forum where students freely to practice their English and knowledge they already got in the classroom. English Night is a good “atmosphere” to start an English Club and as a place to create “intimacy” among the students, and it is very useful as a “building character” session. And remember: teenagers love living outside, adventures, and making a lot of movement. So that why, most of teenagers don’t like to have a sit in a long time in the classroom. They need to walk around and even scream! So, bring them out of your classical class and have fun.

HOW TO BE A GOOD LEADER

November 6, 2010 Leave a comment

In handling an English club, we are about managing so many things. Moreover, if we are the leader. Besides we must arrange the schedules, find out the interesting ways to learn English (such as game, quiz, discussion), etc. we also have to pay attention to “the important things” in organization. They are:

  1. Clear and fix job description. As a leader, we have to be able to explain the function and limitation of the works (job description). Means that “what should be done” for the running period. So, although our English club has purpose to develop English skills through fun activities, it doesn’t mean that our English club isn’t formal. Wherever the English club exists, an English club should have clear structure in organization.
  2. Good coordination and communication. A leader of an English club should be able to make a good coordination in formal and informal ways. Formal means coordination through weekly / monthly meetings or in an event. And informal coordination means coordination outside of organization’s activities or being a good friend, not only as commander. A good leader would listen to his / her staffs and give solutions if they have problem.
  3. Give rewards. For a success event or success program, a leader needs to appreciate his / her staffs’ works to eternalize the relationship between the leader and the staffs. An appreciation doesn’t always mean money (salary) except it’s possible. But, a sincere “thank you, guys” can be a good (and free) appreciation too. An English club isn’t always a “play area”. In a particular condition, English club also a formal institution. Moreover, if it’s located at school. So, besides managing ourselves to be able to use our English, an English club also a place for learning about organization. A good organization must has clear command line, schedule, budgeting, etc. because those things are the “basic” before we run activities or events. Without clear command line, we can’t command the members. How can we command them if they are not respecting us as the committee (because they think there’s no committee)? So, make your English club well-managed in organization side first.

ANDA TAKUT? ANDA BODOH!

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

afraidOnly four words, but it’s stimulating enough our emotion, isn’t it? Yes! We feel that people uncertain with our capability. They despise us! But, stay calm guys! Don’t need to be angry because actually it’s only a motivating sentence. You must rise up to prove that you’re not afraid, you’re not stupid. Except you’re true a fainthearted person. So you’ll response nothing.

I got this word from my English club (Siaga Yudha English Conversation Club, Batam). Usually, we use it before the class begin, after the class finish, and every my leader invites one of us to speak in front of the class. Therefore, there isn’t reason to be shy or say “not yet”. Finding out reasons means that we’ll hear “Anda Takut??” and we’ll be embarrassed because we’ll hear “Anda Bodoh!!” then.

I think it’s right. I’m joining an English club for 2 year here. If I’m still afraid and not motivated to try it means I get 2 years futile effort.

English is about quantity not quality. The fluency of speaking depends on our frequency to practice our English. If we often practice our English, in the end, we’ll reach quality. Remember, English is spoken.

I like this slogan because now I’m encouraged to speak more in front of my friends although they always laugh on me. I get confidence from it. Until I write this article I don’t know how many mistake I’ve done, but I think this is just my process. It’s part of my improvement. My interlocutor is my teachers.

In addition, what about you? Do you still afraid practicing your English? If so, don’t expect that you’ll be fluent in English!

Sent by: Susliana (Batam island)

STARTING AND HANDLING AN ENGLISH CLUB

October 28, 2010 2 comments

SMA N 1 BukatejaEnglish club or English forum or English community (whatever the name) is a good place for learning English outside of the class. Especially as a place to apply knowledge about English that have been received in the classroom. So, the activities should not like a formal class, but should be fun, relax, and give a chance to the members to use their English. Wherever the English club exist (school, college, university, workplace) actually has the same concept: as a place to use English, not just study English. So, in deciding to start an English club, you should find some other people who are interested in starting an English club and they won’t be shy to practice if they asked to use their English. After that, you can talk about the things you’d like to do together. Means the activities. Maybe you will make a discussion, debates, hold a special event for education day or your school’s anniversary, etc. But, please note that you must consider about the place and frequency of your meetings before you have activities.

The next consideration will be about the committee and membership. Should your club have a leader, secretary, treasurer, etc? Or will you share your responsibility? Should the members pay a weekly fee? And so on… Then, in handling an English club, the meetings should not like a formal class where you find teacher and students. The committee (if the club has committee) should not seem like a teacher. So, the committee must make the meetings just like a discussion group. Every activity done together and all rules obeyed together too. Some activities that suggested to be done in an English club:

  1. Discussing a hot topic from magazine / newspaper
  2. Debates
  3. Interactive games
  4. Joining English radio program in your town (if available)