Welcome to Prodi Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris UM Purwokerto

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.
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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.
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