Indonesian Language Short Course

Rebecca Smith was a participant in the Indonesian Language Short Course from Monash University.

Q: Why did you decide to undertake the ILSC?

It was a component of my major in Indonesian studies.

Q: What did you find to be the most challenging about the ILSC?

The most challenging component is that almost everything in the classes and field trips are in Indonesian. I personally struggle concentrating, so for me I have to work really hard to maintain focus

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

At this stage I am open to the idea of using Indonesian language in future work settings. Although, I will need more practise in order to achieve that goal.

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?

Yes, I find that our native Indonesian teacher at Monash is similar in teaching style. However, in-country is still different because this continuous language continues outside the classroom. For instance, we get valuable practice with go-jek drivers, who often speak much quicker and not as clearly as our teachers

Q: Would you like to return to Indonesia for future study or work?


Q: What did you most enjoy about the course?

The field trips.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Salatiga?

Chill out at Frame or other cafes.

Q: Favourite Indonesian Food/Favourite place to eat:

Jalan Diponegoro food court.

Q: Favourite Indonesian word/phrase:

Mau ke mana? Perpustakaan.