Program Guru Bantu which was initiated by Silvy Wantania last year collaborates VILTA with various universities in Indonesia to assist teachers and lecturer in Victoria, Australia, to teach Bahasa Indonesian at schools and Universities with the virtual help of professional native speaker from Indonesia.
'Guru Bantu' can assist in deliver cultural programs and prepare teaching materials and conversation classes (online). Currently, the program runs for approximately one month each term. This program is free and subsidized by VILTA for members only.
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 -