To ensure the ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course (ILSC) meets the needs of member universities and has rigorous academic standards, ACICIS has convened an Advisory Panel to assist with the development of the ILSC. The panel, chaired by ACICIS Consortium Director, Mr Liam Prince, and co-chaired by ACICIS Deputy Consortium Director, Associate Professor David Reeve, is composed of qualified academics and relevant personnel from a range of ACICIS member universities.

The following academics are members of the ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course Advisory Panel. ACICIS would like to thank them for their contribution to the program.

Mr Liam Prince

Mr Liam Prince, ACICIS Consortium Director, is chair of the ILSC Advisory Panel.

Assoc/Prof David Reeve

Assoc/Prof David Reeve, ACICIS Deputy Consortium Director, will participate as the co-chair of the ILSC Advisory Panel.

Prof Reeve has been visiting Indonesia for over 40 years, as a diplomat, researcher, historian, visiting lecturer, beach comber and project manager. He has lived in Indonesia for eleven years, and worked at four Indonesian universities. He was a founding lecturer in the Australian Studies program at Universitas Indonesia in the 1980s. He had a three-year stretch at Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang in the 1990s, as resident director for the ACICIS program. He has written on Indonesian politics, Indonesian language, and Australian-Indonesian relations. David retired from his position at UNSW in July 2006.

Prof Reeve has great experience in the development of Indonesian language tertiary teaching materials and curriculum design, and LOTE teacher education requirements. His experience includes head of the materials development section of the Teaching Indonesian as a Foreign Language TIFL project 1992-1994, the CAUT Independent Listening materials project for Indonesian, 1994-1995; the DEET ILOTES dissemination of TIFL project materials project in 1995, the NALSAS Indonesian videos project 1996-1998, teacher training for the NSW LOTE teachers at UTS in the 1990s, and training for NSW community schools teachers in the mid-1990s.

Irianto Ryan Tedja

Irianto Tedja has been teaching Indonesian since 2002 at Murdoch University, developing Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Indonesian.

Irianto graduated from IKIP (Teaching Institute) Bandung. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Education from Murdoch University and Master of Education from University of Western Australia.

Professor Lesley Harbon

Lesley Harbon is Professor and Head of School of International Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney.

She has been involved in Indonesian studies in Australia for more than 40 years. After learning Indonesian at secondary school and at university, Lesley graduated as an Indonesian teacher, and taught Indonesian in primary, secondary and tertiary contexts for more than 20 years. Lesley then moved to foreign language teacher education and continued to support pre-service Indonesian teachers coordinating in-country immersion programs, chiefly in Bandung West Java and Padang West Sumatra.

Lesley has published widely on topics such as bilingual/CLIL education, intercultural language education, international experiences for language teachers, and language teacher professional development. Lesley edited Pelangi (USQ Press) in the 1980/90s, and then Babel, the journal of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Associations in the early 2000s. She was President of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations between 2007 and 2010. With two colleagues, Lesley was joint-author of “Dari Kami Ke Kita”, an Indonesian textbook series published by Cengage in 2010.

Lesley was on the Australian Development Scheme (ADS) Joint Selection Team in Indonesia between 2007-2011. This involved interviewing research higher degree candidates for the ADS Australian government scholarship awards in a number of centres across the Indonesian archipelago. With Dr Sisilia Halimi from Universitas Indonesia in 2015, Lesley was successful in obtaining an Australia Indonesia Centre Grant ($20,000) for a project entitled, “Uncovering important information on food and nutrition for school-aged children in Indonesia’s linguistic landscape.”

Lesley has supervised eleven Masters and Doctoral student research projects to completion, three of whom were Indonesian. Her work in pre-service and in-service language teacher education since 1996 has seen her involvement in the scholarly discussion surrounding language teaching and learning and she has been a frequent speaker over the past five years delivering keynote addresses to large professional teacher associations such as TEFLIN.

Lesley is a NAATI Para-Professional Translator Level 2 – Indonesian to English/English to Indonesian.

Dr Richard Curtis

Dr Richard Curtis coordinates and lectures Indonesian language from beginners through to advanced levels at the University of the Sunshine Coast. From 2001 to 2013, he ran the Indonesian program at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. He has also taught Indonesian at the University of Tasmania (Launceston campus) and Curtin University of Technology, Perth where he received his PhD in 1998. Richard’s research interests are in Indonesian culture, particularly the performing arts and literature, and the teaching and learning of Indonesian language and (inter) cultural understanding.

Since 2001 Richard has been centrally involved in developing and coordinating the intensive in-country Indonesian language and cultural programs in Lombok (Jan-Feb) and Kupang (June- July) owned by the ‘Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative’. In 2012 he also established the now called ‘UniBRIDGE Project’ that uses social media to facilitate native speaker learning interactions between Australian adults studying Indonesian language and Indonesian undergraduate students studying English.

Dr Michelle Kohler

Michelle Kohler is Senior Lecturer in Languages Education and Indonesian at Flinders University and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia. She is an experienced language teacher and researcher with major involvement in various national projects in languages education in Australia. Most recently she was the Coordinating Writer of the Australian Curriculum: Indonesian, the chair of the Student Achievement in Asian Languages Education (Indonesian) study, and co-author of the national report The Current State of Indonesian Language Education in Australian Schools. Michelle has been a consultant on various curriculum implementation initiatives across Australia including most recently for the SA Open Access College and the Curriculum to Classroom project in Queensland. Michelle was a member of the ACARA Languages Advisory Group and is a member of the SACE Board Assessment, Accreditation and Certification committee. She has served on state and national professional associations for languages, the senior secondary assessment authority advisory committee for Indonesian, and as a vetter for the ACER Language Certificates (Indonesian). She is the Secretary of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.

Dr Taufiq Tanasaldy

Taufiq Tanasaldy is a lecturer at the School of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts at University of Tasmania. He is interested in the field of ethnicity, conflict and Chinese diaspora.

Taufiq has a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies,  Australian National University Canberra. He studied at Korea University (MA, 1997), University of Indonesia (BA, 1995), and Beijing Language and Culture University (Cert, 1996). Before undertaking his current position at the University of Tasmania, Taufiq worked at the University of New South Wales at Australian Defence Force Academy. Taufiq has also been a visiting lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of Indonesia.

Dr Ben Murtagh

Ben Murtagh is Senior Lecturer in Indonesian and Malay at SOAS, University of London. He is currently Head of the Departments of The Languages and Cultures of South and South East Asia. Ben Graduated  from SOAS in 1998 with a degree in Indonesian and History. He then went on to pursue his MA (2000) in the Languages and Literatures of South East Asia, majoring in Traditional Malay Literature, before writing his PhD (2004) entitled ‘The Portrayal of the British in Traditional Malay Literature’ under the supervision of Professor Vladimir Braginsky.

Today Ben’s primary research interests are in non-normative genders and sexualities in Indonesia and South East Asia more broadly, with particular attention to their representation in film and literature. His book, Genders and Sexualities in Indonesian Cinema; constructing gay, waria and lesbi identities on screen was published with Routledge in 2013. Ben teaches on a number of modules related to the cinema and literature of Indonesia and South East Asia and also still contributes to the teaching of Indonesian language at SOAS.

Dr Paul Thomas

Paul has taught, designed and coordinated Indonesian language programs at Monash University for more than 20 years. In addition to Indonesian Studies, he regularly teachers and supervisors in Translation Studies at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. Paul’s specialist teaching areas are in journalism translation and theatre/film translation. His master’s thesis was in the use of first language in second language acquisition and his PhD was in translation history. His current research projects include the history of Indonesian/Malay in Australia, the history of the English language press in Indonesia and the translation of Australian literature into Indonesian.

Dr Novi Djenar

Novi Djenar is currently a senior lecturer and Chair of Department in the School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Sydney, where she teaches Indonesian language at beginner and intermediate levels. Novi completed her undergraduate degree (cum laude) at Gajah Mada University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), majoring in English literature. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education from Hawthorn Institute of Education in Melbourne. After completing the DipEd she worked as a secondary teacher of English at Mangere College, Auckland, for two years before moving back to Melbourne and began teaching at La Trobe University where she held the position of convenor of Indonesian alternately with Prof. Harry Aveling. She gained her MA in Asian Studies from La Trobe with a thesis examining metaphor in the speeches of Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. Prior to moving to Sydney in 2009, she was the vice-convenor of Indonesian community radio at Melbourne’s 3ZZZ. Novi gained her PhD in linguistics from the University of Melbourne with a thesis on the semantics of Indonesian prepositions. She has published in the area of Indonesian grammar, the semantics of prepositions, person reference, and the stylistics of youth fiction. Novi’s current research interests are in topics related to linguistic style and youth identities, youth languages, representations of adolescence in literature, and conceptions of place in narrative.

Dr Michael Ewing

Michael Ewing is Senior Lecture in Indonesian Studies at the University of Melbourne, where he is convenor of the Indonesian Program and Deputy Director of the Asia Institute. Michael received his BA in Anthropology form the University of California Santa Cruz and MA in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His PhD in Linguistics from the University of California at Santa Barbara investigated the language of Cirebon, West Java. Michael is author of Grammar and Inference in Conversation: Identifying Clause Structure in Spoken Javanese, co-author of Indonesian Reference Grammar (2nd edition) and co-editor of East Nusantara: Typological and Areal Analyses. His current research involves the language of Indonesian youth, and the nexus between standard and colloquial modes of grammatical organisation in everyday conversation. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Michael taught English in Indonesia at Syiah Kuala University and Lampung University. In addition to his interest in linguistics and language teaching, Michael has had a long involvement with the performing arts of West Java.

Dr Tim Hassall

Tim Hassall is head of the Indonesian language program at the Australian National University (ANU). He has taught Indonesian for more than twenty years, and before that he taught English as a Second Language full-time to adults for some years. He has an MA in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics.

Tim has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on the learning of pragmatics of Indonesian by Australian students. He has also written many grammar units  and a short self-study reading course in Colloquial Jakartan Indonesian, all of which are available on the BahasaKita website.