Indonesian Language Short Course

Tegan Mildrum was a participant in the Indonesian Language Short Course – Session 1 in 2017 from Flinders University.

Q: Why did you decide to undertake the ILSC?

I chose to undertake ILSC, as I saw it as a great opportunity for me to improve my Indonesian language and be able to experience the culture first hand. I also believed that by having Indonesian constantly around me, I would pick up more and become more confident in my language.

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

The most challenging thing for me about ILSC has just been the intensity of it. I didn’t realise how draining learning a language for a whole day would be however I am enjoying the course very much.

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

I think that from this, I will be able to teach students in better depth about the language and culture as I by having this experience I have been able to deal with it first hand. Doing this has definitely made me become more enthusiastic about teaching Indonesian in Australia or potentially coming to teach in Indonesia.

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 have had two years of Indonesian language study in Australia, however I have found that some things were explained as well by teachers there as the teachers here in Indonesia have been able to. The class size is definitely different and the assignments are too. The grading for instance of assignments is a different system to the Australian grading system.

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

Definitely, I love travelling to Indonesia when I can afford it and I would defiantly consider doing a language course/ working here in the future

Q: What did you most enjoy about the course?

So far I would say I have enjoyed the constant interaction with Indonesians and the support that is provided by our teachers here and the fellow LTC staff on campus at UKSW. Seeing the culture first hand has definitely been part of the highlight for me as well as the hands on learning activities we have been able to do in lesson times.

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

In my spare time here, I have found myself studying or hang out with friends I have made on this trip, also having the access to the pool has been great too.

Q: Favourite Indonesian Food/Favourite place to eat:

My favourite Indo food would be Gado-Gado (however this is mainly because it’s all I can eat) and the amazing fruits they have here. I would recommend going to the Diponogoro food court, because you get to interact with the locals and you know the food is being made right there and then.

Q: Favourite Indonesian word/phrase: