The semester Indonesian Language Teacher Immersion (ILTI) is a 14 week course of 12-15 program hours per week, at Sanata Dharma University (USD) in Yogyakarta. This program combines USD units aimed at increasing Indonesian language fluency, and units concerned with teaching methodology and practice.

Of the 12-15 hours per week of classes, six will be aimed primarily at Indonesian language proficiency, and up to nine will focus on language teaching methodology, materials and practice.

Indonesian Language Classes
Students who have completed the equivalent of four semesters study of Indonesian at university in Australia will be capable of immersion language learning in mainstream subjects offered by USD as part of its regular subjects in the Faculty of Education. There will be flexibility of choice in these immersion subjects, but the program recommends choice of three of the following nine subjects concerned with language teaching education:

January Semester SKS/credits(hpw) August Semester SKS/credits(hpw)
Speaking 3 2 Speaking 3 2
Reading 2 2 Reading 3 2
Writing 2 2 Listening 2 2
Syntax 2 2 Morphology 3
Sociolinguistics 2 Spelling 2
Journalism Language 2 Writing 3 2
Multimedia 2 Error Analysis in Language 2
Phonology 3 Semantics 2
Error Analysis in Language 2 Psycholinguistics 2
Pragmatics 2

USD describes subjects in some detail, setting out
1. the basic competencies to be achieved in each subject,
2. the contact hours focused on each basic competence over the semester,
3. the learning strategies,
4. the forms and weighting of evaluation.

This pattern can be seen in the examples given below in the ‘Examples of Subjects’.

The forms of evaluation most often used are:
Oral Test, Written Test, Action Test, and Portfolio.

A regular pattern of assessment is as follows:

The 1st Progress Exam 20%
The 2nd Progress Exam 20 %
Final Exam 40%
Assignment 20 %
This pattern can vary slightly from subject to subject.

The subject descriptions for the above nine subjects are in Indonesian in the USD syllabus, but ACICIS will provide translations for Faculties that require them.

For students who are not the above level of proficiency on entry, a special Indonesian language program will be devised through consultation between the program’s Academic Coordinator, the USD Education Faculty, and the specialised USD Language Institute (which has had years of experience offering language programs to Australian students).

Materials Development
Students have the time the BIPA unit (Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing) to research and develop materials which will be useful to them back in Australia. This will include a collection of authentic teaching aids such as photos, posters, music etc. These materials may be shared between students and ultimately develop a large amount of resources for teachers in the field.

Indonesian School Placement
The schools may range from primary to senior high school, depending on the participant’s interests, experience, and language abilities. Students participate in the general life of the school and join activities such as English-language clubs and conversation classes. They will be valuable resource people in an environment where English-language native speakers are highly sought after. They will observe and reflect on Indonesian teaching practices, and on the varieties of language used by teachers and pupils to each other and amongst their peers, in and out of class. They will teach a number of classes in areas of their choice. They will develop a network of contacts for later use, encouraging bilateral relationships with Australian schools.

Students find that their hours at school often amount to more than the designated average of 3 hpw.

USD offers several school-placement options for different groups of their own students. One is offered below as a template for what ILTI students will do, in the subject: Teaching practice in teaching Indonesian as a foreign language; subject code KBPI 418. This code indicates that it is fourth year level class for Indonesian undergraduate students. The subject is detailed in the ‘Examples of Subjects’; (see below p17.)


  • Portfolio (25%)
  • Examination (10%)
  • Performance (50%)
  • Observation (15%)

Other school-placement subjects are described in Indonesian in the USD syllabus, but can be translated into English by ACICIS staff if required by Faculties in Australia.

This subject is presented as an average of 3hpw, but school placements may be undertaken in blocks.

Student Reflective eJournal
Students will maintain an electronic reflective journal that will include their observations on their language learning, in-school experience, exposure to new teaching methodologies and insights gained from immersion in Indonesian society, an Indonesian university, and Indonesian schools. The eJournal will be monitored and evaluated by the ILTI Academic Coordinator, in consultation with FLOTE developer Dr Lindy Norris of Murdoch University.

Possible list of subjects for ACICIS students at Sanata Dharma University
The pattern above was recommended by the national Advisory Committee for the ILTI project, made up of senior members of Faculties of Education, of Indonesian-teaching university departments, and of teacher representatives. Some universities may wish to be more flexible in allowing students to choose between teaching methodology and practice subjects, by allowing them to choose from the following list, up to 9 hpw.

January Semester SKS/credits(hpw) August Semester SKS/credits(hpw)
Methods in Language Teaching 2 Material Development for Teaching Indonesian as Foreign Language 2
Cross Cultural Understanding 2 Teaching Practice 3
Materials Development 2 Teaching Preparation 3
Teaching Indonesian as a Foreign Language 2 Learning Assessment 2
Group Performance 2 School Management 3
Computer Assisted Instruction 2 Seminar on Language Teaching 2
Cross Cultural Understanding 2 FLOTE 3

Subject descriptions for any of these subjects can be requested. Please contact the ACICIS Secretariat.

After your semester program, you will receive TWO forms of assessment results. The first is an official transcript from Sanata Dharma University, showing the results achieved in your subjects, each expressed as a letter grade from A to E. The second is a two-page report from the ACICIS Resident Director, which also includes comments on your extra-curricular activities, and a general summary of your time in Yogyakarta. Following established ACICIS policy, this report is graded Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory. Both will be useful as part of a portfolio you may show to a future potential employer, and in securing your credits at your home university.