Indonesia is a big nation where the unity of the people is tightened by their official language and diverse culture. There are hundreds of local languages and dialects in Indonesia but we are united by Bahasa Indonesia. Our rich cultural diversities have also strengthened the bond among the people of the nation.
In the globalization era, Bahasa Indonesia and Indonesian culture should not merely function as national identities but also a media to improve national public diplomacy in the world. With Indonesian diverse cultures becoming more internationally well-known, in the long run we will benefit both politically and economically.
One way of introducing language and culture is by the provision of integrated language and cultural course for foreign communities. The provision of Bahasa Indonesia to Speakers of Other Languages (BIPA) course which is held by Undana provides both classroom and outdoor activities. Classroom activities such as teaching session are carried out under the supervision of experienced lectures with various expertise in teaching Bahasa Indonesia to the speakers of other languages. However, learning a language is
In line with the vision of Undana which is to be global oriented university, this program is designed to achieve the vision. Undana is also an experienced institution in holding BIPA program because it is not only supported by experienced lecturers in foreign language and BIPA teaching but also undana has been proven to be successful in holding a partnership program with Indonesian and Australian Language Foundation (IALF) in carrying out English Language Teaching Assistance (ELTA). ELTA is aimed to improve English proficiency of the participants to assist them in fulfilling the requirement of IELTS score to apply Australian Development Scholarship (ADS).not sufficient by only learning the grammar, vocabulary or some expressions. Authentic learning situation is emphasized because it is important to learn how the native speakers use the language in the real situation. Hence, outdoor activities are set to include cultural acknowledgement by inviting participants to visit cultural sites, attend arts workshop and participate in field trip in order to feel and experience the real interaction with the culture and native Indonesian people.
Undana which is located in the eastern part of Indonesia is a wonderful place for its natural landscapes such as Danau Kelimutu, Pink Beach in Labuan Bajo, Komodo island and also a rich place for its cultural sites and local products such as Cendana, Sasando, and many others.
Having the expertise and full support from the Rector of University of Nusa Cendana, we propose Bahasa Indonesia to the speakers of other languages (BIPA) course.