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Kamis malam, 16 Maret 2017, prestasi luar biasa telah diperoleh 3 mahasiswa prodi pendidikan bahasa inggris dalam ajang duta mahasiswa genre periode 2017/2018. Seperti tahun tahun sebelumnya, mahasiswa Prodi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris selalu mendapat posisi juara pada ajang yang di selenggarakan oleh Pikma ini. Ajang ini diikuti oleh mahasiswa perwakilan dari seluruh fakultas di UMP. Periode ini, Prodi PBI diwakili oleh Septi Nurmalita yang meraih juara pertama finalis putri, Mochammad Muchlis Romadhona yang juga meraih juara pertama untuk finalis putra, dan Lorenza Megafatma  yang menduduki peringkat dua finalis putri duta mahasiswa genre.
 

Untuk menjadi juara pertama, Septi memerlukan persiapan yang matang. Seperti ujarnya "Saya bukan orang yg perfeksionis tapi jujur persiapan saya sangat total. Saya mempersiapkannya dari jauh hari dari kesehatan, mental, materi dan bakat yag akan di tampilkan."

Dalam meraih juara, peserta melewati serangkaian kegiatan yg cukup panjang. Seleksi dimulai pada tanggal 5 Maret 2017. Betikutnya, pengumuman finalis 10 besar dilaksanakan pada tanggal 16 Maret dan semua peserta diminta untuk memperisapkan materi dan bakat yang akan ditampilkan. Dalam sesi penampilan bakat, Doni memperlihatkan keahliannya dalam bermain musik, Septi menarikan tarian tradisional, dan Lorenza menampilkan story telling. Kemudian peserta diseleksi menjadi 6 besar dan mereka mendapat pertanyaan dari  dewan juri dan menjawabnya di depan penonton. Setelah itu diambil keputusan siapa yang menjadi juara.
 

Setelah melewati beberapa tahapan seleksi, Septi mengutarakan perasaan bahagianya menjadi juara pertama untuk finalis putri "Perasaannya tidak karuan karena selalu kepikiran setiap saat tapi tetap keep calm. Senang, terharu tidak dapat di ucapkan dengan kata-kata. Yang jelas makasih banget buat Allah, saya percayaa hasil tidak akan membohongi usaha. Terimakasih untuk orangtua dan teman-teman kelas 4A yg selalu support dan mendoaakan saya. Saya bukan apa-apa tanpa mereka".
 
Friday, 17 March 2017 02:22

Teaching English in Thailand: Mujiono's Story

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Can you imagine teaching someone who can’t understand your language whatsoever and you also don’t have any idea of language they use? What will the class be like? Do you think it is a big problem or just a challenge?

First, let me tell you a little story that you may find beneficial. Thailand was not in my country list to visit to when I become a teacher. In fact, I think Indonesian students have much better English proficiency than Thai students. But, as people say that chance does not come twice, I am really interested to join the program to broaden my insight. Opening one gate can trigger other gates to open. This is what I thought when accepting this chance to teach abroad in Southern Thailand.
 

To start with, let me tell you about Southern Thailand. It is a unique place with interesting culture, language and people. We can find that Islam is the majority religion here. It is different from the northern part of Thailand. People here speak Thai influenced by Malay. Thai, Malay, and Chinese people live together in this region. In some places, even you feel it was not in Thailand.

At the first time, it was very difficult to teach them. Explanation was just wasting time. Even though I sometimes used Malay, it was not too helpful because the difference of Malay language here and Malay language we know. So, I decided to use vivid materials, repetitive instructions, abundant examples and analogies, and non-verbal communication in my class. So, it’s true that language is universal as I studied it in my university.

Pronunciation and spelling were two aspects I highlight as the most difficult to teach. Really, Thai people find it difficult to pronounce some sounds. Also, their spelling isn’t too good because their first written language is Thai which has different characters than Latin alphabets. Mostly, English teachers in Thailand don’t use English as their medium of instruction. Excessive grammar practice is a habitual activity for the students here. Students seem reluctant and afraid to speak English. Sometimes you need to plod to get your message across.

The school I teach in is a private school. It is not directly under the authority of The Ministry of Education of Thailand. Teaching language isn’t just like in other schools. We have international teachers and some subject teachers even use English as their medium of instruction. Exposing English to the students during the school time is recommended. My co-English teachers were from Guinea and Russia. They highly expose English as the only one medium in the classroom. Looking at their teaching style, it is really awesome. Some teachers were really good in English language, tough they are not English subject teachers. Our principal insists us to use English as much as possible regarding to the objective to be a leading International school. Our school is developed with the help of Turkish Foundations such as Diyanet Vakfi and Insani Yardim Vakfi. So, it is not surprising to see many Turkish people visit our school. Once in a year, they come to make gathering and students show some performances involving all students.
 

Overall, this joyful experience really pleases me. “Connecting the dots” lending a popular quote from Steve Jobs, our life contains experience once we can see and hear. Discovering a novelty from a place, food or culture is very exciting. If you are someone who has high curiosity, this will be something pleasant. One of my favorite things is learning new language. Learning Thai language is somewhat difficult, learning a written and spoken are equally different. That’s why Thai Language is to be said as one of the hardest language to learn.
 

Last but not least, I would like to thank University of Muhammadiyah Purwokerto who takes me to learn many things here. I wish many advancement and progress continuously take place in the university. I am also really delighted to see that English Education Department is rapidly stepping forward in producing apt English teachers to be ready for the most challenging job that is teaching!
 
Joining International Teaching Practice Program in Malaysia is my first experience going to another country. It teaches me a lot of things. First, I learn how education is organized here. The organization of the education is very different with Indonesia. In Malaysia, there are two sessions of school; morning and afternoon. While in Indonesia the session of the school is only one. Then, the way the teachers deliver the materials is very simple and clear. This is because time of learning in Malaysia is only 30 minutes for each lesson hour. It makes me learn how to manage the time and activities in the class effectively. It also forces me to be effective and clear in delivering the material to my students. My students are very smart, so I have to be creative and well prepared when I teach them. One day before teaching, I always learn every word that I am going to say because some students are very active. They always ask me what they do not know. This is so challenging for me. Moreover, I teach Anggun class in SMK Taman Universiti 2 which is the most excellent class in the school.

In Malaysia the program is not only about teaching but also conducting KKN (Student Community Service). Firstly, I join English Club in the school. Once, I played a game called chinese whisper. They have to whisper some sentences to their friends in a group. It’s so exciting. It made the class fun and easy in learning English. Not only they learn about English, but they also get the moral value of that game; we have to listen carefully to what people say and do not trust anyone easily because sometimes people will add or reduce the issue. After the game finished, I gave the winner some gifts. I think, they are so excited to join the English club. Secondly, I joined Sukan’s day (sports day) that is celebrated once a year here. I was so lucky to be a committee. I made some games to enliven the festival. It makes me and my students closer. Third, I painted a wall in one of the school’s building (mural). I made it for about 3 days. My concept of the mural is “if you dare to dream, you can do it”. I made an image of hands rising from below to catch up the dream.
 

Through this program I learn that being a teacher is not easy. We have to be creative and try to make our students interested while learning in the classroom. I am really inspired by the way SMK Taman Universiti 2 conduct and manage every detail inside the school.
 
Being a Student Teacher in Malaysia: Ulya Darajati’s Story

University of Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) is in progress of improving its quality to be World Class University. One of the ways to get that achievement is by developing international cooperation with institutions in other countries. This effort is reflected in the initial program ‘International Teaching Practice’ held in collaboration between Teacher Training and Education Faculty UMP and Fakulti Pendidikan, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). The program is held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia starting from February, 14th 2017 until 14th March, 2017. There are 15 students of FKIP UMP participating in this program. From 15 students, English Education Department sent 8 students from batch 2014to join the program.

During the program, we stay in the dormitory of UTM. We are also facilitated by a car and a bus for transportation. In the weekdays, We go to school to practice our teaching skills. The students of English Department are divided into two schools; SMK Taman University 2 and SMK Skudai. In SMK Taman University 2 we go to the school in morning session while in the SMK Skudai we go to the school in afternoon session. The schools selected by UTM and they are good schools. The students in the school come from different races; Melayu, Indian Thamil, and Chinese. In the weekend, we can travel to some places such as Johor Bahru, Melaka, and Kuala Lumpur.



Students from each race and nation have their own characteristics. So, we have to be able to adapt with the different characteristics. We also have to learn Malay language to communicate with people. Language is the most difficult one to adapt; we have to communicate in English if we cannot use Malay. This is a very great challenge for us English students to improve our language skill. In the teaching and learning process, students in Malaysia are very smart. They can speak English well. We should prepare a lot of fun activities in every teaching. It builds our creativity and hardwork. If we do not prepare any activity, we will not able to organize the class. So far, the teaching practice runs well. It is shown by the letters from our students that they are very happy being taught by teachers from Indonesia.

Finally, we feel very lucky to join this program since there are so many great experiences. We would like to express our sincere thanks for the lecturers of English Education Department, International Office Affairs, UMP, and UTM for giving us the chance. We hope the program can be held again in the coming years.
Monday, 06 March 2017 06:18

Wisuda ke 58: PBI Meluluskan 36 Mahasiswa

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Prodi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto meluluskan 36 mahasiswa dalam wisuda ke 58 Sabtu (4/3/2017) kemarin. Dalam wisuda ke 58 ini, total terdapat 504 lulusan UMP yang diwisuda. Mereka terdiri dari 33 lulusan program magister, 468 lulusan program sarjana, dan 3 orang lulusan program Diploma III.

Ada yang menarik dalam acara wisuda tersebut. Hal ini karena wisudawan yang tampil untuk memberikan kesan dan pesan mewakili para wisudawan adalah seorang mahasiswa asing asal Prodi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris. Wakil wisudawan tersebut bernama Iswandee Sae. Iswandee kuliah di UMP dengan beasiswa dari PP Muhamadiyah dan SBPAC (Southern Border Province Administrative Centre).

Dalam kesan dan pesan yang disampaikan, Iswandee mengaku sangat bersyukur dan mendapat keistimewaan luar biasa bisa kuliah di UMP. “Di antara teman-teman saya di Thailand yang masih sangat terbatas dalam menerima akses pendidikan tinggi, saya bisa mendapat kesempatan menempuh kuliah di UMP”. Ia juga menyampaikan terima kasih dan penghargaan yang setinggi-tingginya pada jajaran rektorat dan dosen, karena telah banyak memberikan bimbingan. Bukan hanya bimbingan yang bersifat akademik, tapi juga telah membantu mengenal bahasa, budaya dan kebiasaan di Indonesia yang sangat berbeda dengan di Thailand.

Sekembalinya ke Thailand, ia mengaku akan sangat bangga mengatakan bahwa dirinya adalah lulusan UMP. ”Saya akan menyatakan kepada teman, saudara dan anak-anak saya kelak, bahwa saya lulusan UMP,” katanya.

Nama-nama mahasiswa Prodi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris yang mengikuti wisuda ke 58 adalah:
  1. Alief Anang Syafei, S.Pd.
  2. Meidati Utami Gusti, S.Pd.
  3. Ika Nurhayati, S.Pd.
  4. Dwi Aprianto, S.Pd.
  5. Efa Nurhayati, S.Pd.
  6. Ika Norawati, S.Pd.
  7. Tri Puspitasari, S.Pd.
  8. Rezki Bayu Aji, S.Pd.
  9. Ghani Muhammad, S.Pd.
  10. Winda Lestari, S.Pd.
  11. Cindyra Galuh Wardani, S.Pd.
  12. Chikal Perdana, S.Pd.
  13. Silvana Lucia Febriani, S.Pd.
  14. Januar Widiastuti, S.Pd.
  15. Eti Ayu Setiawati, S.Pd.
  16. Lusi Musliatin, S.Pd.
  17. Tika Chuswatun Hasanah, S.Pd.
  18. Muhammad Ginanda Wisesa, S.Pd.
  19. Imam Pramudhita Pudyastowo, S.Pd.
  20. Aditia Astu Bhairawa, S.Pd.
  21. Oktri Manggi Astuti, S.Pd.
  22. Uswatun Chasanah, S.Pd.
  23. Windi Setiawan, S.Pd.
  24. Agustin Reky Candra Aditya, S.Pd.
  25. Reza Pahlevi, S.Pd.
  26. Ria Yunita Widiasih, S.Pd.
  27. Dena Yudapasa, S.Pd.
  28. Rizqa Alfia, S.Pd.
  29. Sri Wardatul Isnaeni, S.Pd.
  30. Brian Rizki Rahadian, S.Pd.
  31. Kukuh Setyono, S.Pd.
  32. Ninda Riyana, S.Pd.
  33. Aliy Nugroho Setiadji, S.Pd.
  34. Cahyani Wulandari, S.Pd.
  35. Ifani Khoerunnisa, S.Pd.
  36. Iswandee-Sae, S.Pd.
Prodi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris mengucapkan selamat bagi seluruh wisudawan/wati. Semoga ilmu yang didapat selama studi dapat bermanfaat bagi nusa, bangsa, dan agama. Semoga sukses dan selalu mendapat rahmat dan ridho Allah Swt. Amin.
 
Friday, 17 February 2017 07:05

PPL Internasional Mahasiswa FKIP UMP ke Malaysia

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Dengan mengemban strategi “Start Here, Go Anywhere”, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto (UMP) menjalankan sejumlah program internasionalisasi. Kali ini UMP mengirimkan mahasiswa-mahasiswa berpretasinya ke negeri Jiran. Sebanyak 15 mahasiswa pilihan dari Fakultas Keguruan Ilmu Pengetahuan (FKIP) UMP berangkat untuk melakukan Praktek Pengajaran Lapangan (PPL) di Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Sedianya program tersebut berjalan selama 29 hari (16 Februari – 16 Maret 2017). 
Pada serah terima mahasiswa PPL UMP dengan UTM, yang diwakili Dekan FKIP UMP, Drs. Pudiyono, M.Hum disambut hangat oleh Dekan Fakulti Ilmu Pendidikan UTM, Prof. Dr. Baharuddin Aris, Ph.D, pada Selasa (14/2) lalu. Pada pertemuan tersebut, baik UMP maupun UTM berkomitmen untuk mengembangkan kompetensi mahasiswanya secara bersama.
 
“Kami berharap 15 mahasiswa yang kami kirim ke sini (UTM_red) dapat mengambil banyak pengetahuan dan ketrampilan. Dikarenakan, apa yang ada di sini dan di kampus tentu terdapat perbedaan. Nah, perbedaan ini yang dapat nantinya menjadi bahan pengembangan diri,” ungkap Pudiyono, kemarin (15/2).
 
Menurut data dari Kantor Urusan Internasional (KUI) UMP, saat ini UMP telah menjalankan program kerjasama internasional dengan 37 negara di dunia, yang meliputi kerjasama penjalanan Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi, yakni Pendidikan, Penelitian, dan Pemberdayaan Masyarakat. (Gun)
 
Thursday, 22 December 2016 06:51

Kuliah Kerja Lapangan Mahasiswa PBI ke Bandung

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Kuliah Kerja Lapangan (KKL) adalah sebuah mata kuliah yang wajib ditempuh oleh seluruh mahasiswa program studi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris. Pada kesempatan kali ini, Bandung dijadikan tempat untuk melaksanakan kegiatan KKL.
KKL memiliki serangkaian kegiatan yang diawali dengan keberangkatan peserta pada tanggal 5 Desember 2016. Peserta KKL tiba di Bandung pada tanggal 6 Desember 2016. kegiatan hari pertama diawali dengan kunjungan ke Museum Pendidikan UPI, dilanjutkan wisata di Farm House Lembang,  dan wisata belanja di Pasar Baru Bandung.
Hari kedua di Bandung, peserta KKL mengunjungi IDP dan Trans Studio Bandung. Banyak pengetahuan dan pengalaman yang didapat peserta dari kegiatan KKL tersebut. Seperti IDP misalnya, peserta mendapat wawasan bagaimana cara mendapat beasiswa studi dan memotivasi mereka untuk melanjutkan studi baik didalam maupun luar negeri.
“KKL kemarin banyak memberikan manfaat untuk seluruh peserta, khususnya saya. Seperti di Meseum Pendidikan UPI, kami jadi tahu bagaimana sejarah pendidikan di Indonesia. Di IDP kami mengetahui bagaimana cara mendapatkan beasiswa kuliah di luar negeri, bagaimana prosedurnya dan situasi di luar negeri. Selain itu, kami dapat berwisata ke Farm House, Pasar Baru, dan Trans Studio Bandung. Semuanya menyenangkan” kata Mega Indah, salah satu peserta KKL.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 06:46

English Education Dept Alumni Teaching in Thailand

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Alumni Teaching Abroad Program, or in Bahasa, Program Alumni Mengajar di Luar Negeri”, is one of English Education Department of UMP’s programs for alumni to teach abroad. This program was conducted by the University aiming to make UMP well-known internationally. This program takes place in Thailand and alumni joining the program should be there around 3 months up to a year.
The program started in 2015 and the department sent two alumni, Shinta Budi Arti and Isti Awalia. This year, the Department sent another two alumni, Mujiono and Wahyu. They are teaching in Pattani region.
“The school where I and Wahyu teach was built and operates with the aid from Turkey under President Erdogan. The school has three names in three different languages. First in English the school is named Islamic Integrated School Pattani, in Thai it is Buranakarn Suksa Witya School, in Turkish it is Bogazici Okulu.” said the twenty-four-year-old man passionately.
This program is aimed to be meaningful for participants because they can get many experiences by going abroad to teach foreign students. They can bring UMP to international institutions.
“All students here are similar to Indonesian students. They are talkative when they learn English although Thai students have more difficulties speaking in English. People here are very kind with foreigners. I am grateful to Allah SWT because I am given a chance by Him to be here.” he added.
The alumni participating in the program have to teach English in secondary 1-6 grades. Those grades are the same as Indonesia, secondary 1 to 3 is similar to Junior High School and then secondary 4 to 6 is similar to Senior High School.
Based on the Muji’s experiences, the Department hope that this Program will run forth and give chance for the next alumni to join the program.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 06:35

Mahasiswa PBI Meraih Juara I Lomba EVO Antar Prodi

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Sabtu, 25 Februari 2017, EVO (English Voice Organization) menyelenggarakan kompetisi debat untuk seluruh mahasiswa UMP. EVO Debating Competition diikuti oleh 12 tim debat yang mewakili program studinya masing-masing.
Dalam kompetisi ini, program studi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris keluar sebagai juara. Tim PBI mengirimkan Dina Nurhayati, Dinar Tyas Hutami dan Abdul Ghani untuk bertanding dalam kompetisi tersebut. Ketiga mahasiswa semester 4 tersebut berhasil mengalahkan 11 tim pesaing dari program studi lainnya.
“Meskipun tanpa persiapan yang matang, alhamdulillah kami bisa memenangkan kompetisi debat ini. Kami senang karena bisa membanggakan PBI.” Ujar Dina, salah satu perwakilan tim PBI.
Setelah menjadi juara, tim debat PBI bersama EVO mempersiapkan diri untuk mengikuti kompetisi debat tingkat Nasional yang akan diselenggarakan pada Maret ini.

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