Updated: Oct 13
- Updated 130102022 -
Program Guru Bantu which was initiated by Silvy Wantania last year collaborates VILTA with various universities in Indonesia to assist teachers and lecturers in Victoria, Australia, to teach Bahasa Indonesian at schools and Universities with the virtual help of professional native speakers from Indonesia.
'Guru Bantu' can assist in delivering cultural programs and preparing teaching materials and conversation classes (online). Currently, the program runs for approximately one month each term. This program is free and subsidised by VILTA for members only.
Before the assignment, the Guru Bantu candidates will be prepared and trained intensively by VILTA to adapt to the teaching conditions in Australia, including:
- Teacher training
- Working with children
- BIPA method (Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing - Indonesian for Foreigners).
- Australian Curriculum
Registration for Program Guru Bantu will commence at the end of each term, and you can find the announcements at https://www.vilta.org.au/our-events.
The following are testimonials from the first assisting teacher program in Term 1, 2021.
"We enjoyed working with Diah. She joined google meet with my year 12 classes numerous times as well as prepared some written work for us. Our highlight was when we were discussing woman that inspires us the students got to hear three different voices Diah (Sumatera) Agnes our language assistant (Timor) and myself (Australia). This was a great listening activity for our year 12 students as they heard about a broad range of inspirational women from environmentalists, teachers, journalists and our own family members. ( I have attached a photo).
I would highly recommend this program to other teachers to have a native speaker work with our students was very beneficial especially as they were exposed to another accent too."
- Michelle Ladhams, Warrnambool College -
"We truly appreciate the opportunity offered by VILTA to work with Pak Muhammad Adek from Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP). Pak Adek gave very valuable input in our Indonesian 5 and advanced Indonesian Literature classes. Topics included the cultural background to the novel Sitti Nurbaya and the economic and environmental impact of the cement industry in Padang, Pak Adek’s home region. In other classes, we discussed broader topics related to human rights issues in Indonesia. We hope to continue collaborating with Pak Adek and UNP. He has invited us for participation in an online conference in July this year. Thank you VILTA!"
- Edwin Jurriens, Melbourne University -
Testimonial from Annette Sugiyanto - Oberon High School
"We were very fortunate to have Fiqa as our Guru Bantu from Padang. Fiqa worked with my Year 11 students once a week over video conferencing, working on their general conversation. She also produced some powerpoints, worksheets and some videos about life in Indonesia. And she also recorded some of the transcripts for listening tasks. The students looked forward to their sessions each week with Fiqa, and enjoyed getting to know an Indonesian and learning about her life in Padang. It was a fabulous opportunity for our school, and I would recommend this program to others. It is lovely to know that something so positive has essentially come out of the pandemic because I don’t think our Zooming skills would have been so developed. Terima kasih to Silvy, and VILTA for this opportunity."
Testimonial from Shelby Stewart - Maryborough Education Centre
We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the GuruBantu program! For many of my Year 9 and 10 students, this is their first opportunity to meet and converse with a native speaker due to living in a regional area. Nabila has been brilliant, she has joined us in 3 zoom calls discussing Indonesian culture, special holidays, and careers and education. Nabila has created some learning materials for my students, while my students have prepared information on Australian culture to send back to her. My Year 10 students have also been chatting and emailing with her to further their written communication skills. It truly has been a rich experience that I would sign up for again!
Kesan dan Pesan Guru Bantu Periode ke 2
Testimonial for the 2nd Period of Teacher Assistant - October 2021
Kesan dan Pesan Guru Bantu 2022
Testimonial of Teacher Assistant 2022
Testimonial from Lesley Hutchison - Overnewton Anglican Community College
Here is my report. Thank you for organising such a valuable program.
Report GuruBantu 2022 OACC
Students at OACC have participated in a wide variety of oral language activities with Pak Anggi, our Guru Bantu, for the term. Pak Anggi developed a good rapport with students, and they looked forward to the learning activities. This program has been very successful and beneficial to my students and also to me as a teacher. Pak Anggi assisted with developing class resources. The most beneficial learning activities required some amount of preparation beforehand to ensure the session ran smoothly. With managed this by having a shared drive for all our communication. Learning was undertaken individually or in pairs. Students were given a specific task to perform with our UNP students. These were some of the activities:
· Participation in an interview and writing down responses
· Preparing a reading task and then responding to questions
· Working with large numbers using oral and aural skills
· Pak Anggi teaching some grammatical points e.g. ke-an
· Pak Anggi sharing with us cultural aspects of Indonesian society
I can certainly recommend participating in this program as it reminds you how much fun teaching Indonesian can be! It challenges you to try new things and invent new learning tasks. It helps your students to be brave and overcome hesitancy in speaking to unfamiliar people in Indonesian.
Testimonial from Ingrid Barlagen - Cathedral College Wangaratta
Our school was really appreciative of being able to work with our guru bantu, Ibu Aulia Nuha. She provided a current real life view of life in Indonesia which our students really enjoyed. They particularly thrilled to see that there were commonalities, such as using the same social media apps, enjoying the same music and watching the same films.
Students participated in various sessions including sharing information about their life in Australia as well as asking questions about life in Indonesia. It gave them a real-life opportunity to practice the Indonesian they have learnt so far. They were initially very apprehensive to speak Indonesian but gradually began to speak more as the program continued. Ibu Aulia was very gentle and encouraging of the students. At times she included English which helped encourage the more apprehensive students.
At senior levels we had been working on the theme of Indonesia Australian relationships, the students found it interesting to see this from an Indonesian perspective. They also enjoyed increasing their knowledge of the ways Indonesian young people show respect to older generations. We really appreciated the pictures and digital resources Ibu Aulia was able to share with us.
Overall, this was a very worthwhile program that was very beneficial to our language program.
Testimonial from Grant Findlay - Goulburn Valley Grammar
Kami menikmati pengalaman kami dengan Guru bantu UNP. Kami akan hadiri pertemuan Zoom pada Oktober 7.
Our Guru Bantu, Sulisia Nisa has been great. She has been able to provide excellent speaking practise for our Unit 4 students leading up to the oral exam. Nisa was happy to be flexible with when she was able to speak to our students via zoom. She was reliable. Nisa worked through our school holiday period. Students from that class spoke highly of her and said that Nisa asked questions they had not thought of. Nisa readily adapted to the level required and to the task that was given. This was our first experience with the Guru Bantu Program and it was a positive one. We wholehearted commend Nisa for her efforts with our students at Goulburn Valley Grammar School.
Testimonial from Gede Marsaja - Point Cook College
Point Cook College had a Guru Bantu from VILTA for the first time this year. We worked with Chaira from Universitas Negeri Padang. She joined google meet with our Year 1/2 and 3/4 classes numerous times as well as prepared some lesson plans for us. This was a great opportunity for Chaira to learn to teach young kids as they were very different from high school students. Our students were all very engaged in every lesson Chaira presented online via Google Meet. I would highly recommend this program to be continued next year, and we would be very happy to take another Guru Bantu.