Faith Stellmaker was a participant in the Indonesian Language Short Course – Session 2 & 3 in 2018 from The Australian National University.
Q: Why did you decide to undertake the ILSC?
I wanted to learn through in-country immersion as well as classes and had heard from other students that it was a really well structured and well run program.
Q: What did you find to be the most challenging about the ILSC?
Having all the classes in complete Indonesian but it has also rapidly improved my language skills.
Q: How will your proficiency in Indonesian language gained through the ILSC influence your future career or study?
I would like to become a specialist in Asian Art and have an interest in Indonesian traditional art, literature and culture. Therefore, speaking the language allows me to understand the art and the context behind it much more richly as well as the everyday life of locals.
Q: Have you had previous experience learning Indonesian in Australia? If so, how different is in-country Indonesian language learning to your previous experiences? If not, how do classes in Indonesia compare to classes in Australia?
I took my first year of Indonesian studies through the University of Tasmania and my second year was completed at ANU. You definitely learn a lot quicker as you are constantly using your language skills and practising what you have learnt in class but it is also a lot more mentally draining and tiring.
Q: Would you like to return to Indonesia for future study or work?
Yes, within my degree I would love to spend a year of study and research here.
Q: What did you most enjoy about the course?
The in-class discussions. I find that is where I have learnt the most.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Salatiga?
Wander around the streets exploring and taking photos.
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