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.