|Willy Renandya from National Institute of Education, Singapore. (Picture: Mirza/UMM PR)|
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of English Education Study Program, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Conference on English Teaching in Indonesia (COETIN) and English Language Conference Materials (ELTeam) is held for the fourth times on Tuesday (27/11).
By bringing a theme “Quality Improvement and Innovation in ELT”, this conference is attended by competent speakers. They are Willy Renandya from National Institute of Education, Singapore; Ivor Timmis and Naeema Han from Leeds Becket University, UK; Dr. Bradley Horn from RELO of the US Embassy; and Noohaida Aman from National Institute of Education, Singapore.
Willy Renandya emphasized on the importance of innovation in teaching. “When I was teaching for the very first time, I greeted my students by using general English, like ‘Hallo students, how are you?’, well, they would answer me ‘I am fine, thank you, and How are you, Sir’?”.
According to Willy, there must be an innovative way in teaching and learning. Textual greetings as written on English textbooks are too rigid to be implemented in class. Moreover, Willy gave examples about teaching innovation he has done.
This seminar is also attended by the Secretary of Language Development Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Drs. Muh. Abdul Khak, M.Hum. He is hoping that Indonesian children do not only master in English, but also Indonesian and local languages. “So, the tagline to day is, let’s speak Bahasa Indonesia, preserve local languages and master foreign languages”. (lus)