Virtual Indonesian Language Short Course

Kavita Peterson is a student from The Australian National University. Kavita undertook the Virtual Indonesian Language Short Course in January-February 2021.

Q: Why did you decide to undertake ACICIS’ Indonesian Language Short Course?

To improve my Indonesian in an intensive setting and to make Indonesian friends.

Q: What did you find to be the most rewarding part of this virtual experience?

The intensive nature of the course and the focus on cultural understanding, with activities relevant to Indonesia in the present day.

Q: What did you find to be the most challenging about your experience on the Virtual ILSC?

Few set vocabulary lists, encouraging students to make their own and learn independently.

Q: Have you had previous experience learning Indonesian in Australia? If yes, how different was the Virtual ILSC to your previous experiences?

In Australia the focus was mostly on conversation, whereas during this course I’ve been introduced to more academic vocabulary and concepts, with a focus on aspects particular to Indonesian culture. This may be due to the higher level I am taking with ACICIS, however!

Q: Were you able to learn about the Indonesian culture from this virtual program? If yes, how was this achieved?

Yes, very much. The readings we were given included recent news articles and texts about current issues such as COVID-19 and environmental sustainability. We were also given regular sessions with Indonesian volunteer students who introduced us to aspects of everyday Indonesian life. I couldn’t believe it, but it genuinely felt like an “international student exchange” experience even though we were all at home!

Q: How will your proficiency in Indonesian Language gained through the ILSC influence your future career or study?

I plan on using my improved Indonesian skills to translate professionally.

Q: Would you recommend this virtual program to your friends?

100%. I had a fantastic time and the course was incredibly well-organised. It felt like a lot of love had gone into ensuring we would still have a genuine “study abroad” experience, and everyone involved was passionate about bringing this course to us. I have nothing but praise for this amazing, unique experience during a truly difficult time.

Q: Favourite Indonesian word/phrase:

Terserah! (It’s up to you!) I love single words that can sum up a whole feeling!

Q: Describe your experience of the Virtual ILSC in three words:

Made with love.