During the first quarter of 2018 Realia has partnered with two Yogyakarta’s prominent universities, Yogyakarta State University (UNY) and Sanata Dharma University (USD) in matters related to Indonesian Language for Foreign Learners (BIPA) development. The partnership, is aimed at increasing the knowledge and building the capacity of the three institutions in the field of BIPA and to better develop wider scope of cooperation in the future.
Yogyakarta State University (UNY)
On 2 March 2018 Realia and the Faculty of Language and Arts UNY signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding. Stated in the MoU, the partnership between Realia and UNY include research and internship for the lecturers and students of UNY at Realia. Based on the 30 year experience of BIPA teaching, Realia will provide all the necessary information required by UNY lecturers and students as they conduct their research and internship works at Realia. There are two main goals for this partnership the first goal is to develop more applicable BIPA learning methods, and the second goal is to fulfill the need for better (BIPA) educators at local, national and international levels.
For the first phase of partnership, UNY has sent six students to conduct internship works at Realia. During this phase, the students observed how BIPA teaching and learning processes are being implemented at Realia. Guided by Realia’s Course Coordinator, the students also analyzed how teaching materials are developed and provided assistance in developing teaching materials and exercises for BIPA learners.
Both institutions hope that in the next five years this partnership can be further developed to a wider scale of activities by involving more parties at local, national and international levels.
Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta (USD)
Realia has developed student based BIPA curriculum since 1987. In the recent years Realia also develop and implement a Common European Framework of Reference for language (CEFR) based curriculum for its students. This method has proven to be effective for teaching and learning BIPA, providing maximum result for the students in a short time of course program.
On March 2018, the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education Sanata Dharma University (USD) Yogyakarta sent eighteen of its students to Realia to conduct observation and interview. The students are those who take Indonesian Language and Literature Study Program at the Faculty.
Divided in three groups the students conduct Q&A sessions with Realia’s Director and Course Coordinator to observe how Realia set up and develop its student based BIPA curriculum. In addition to curriculum set up and implementation, the students also observe how Realia implement its monitoring and evaluation system for its BIPA learners as well as how teaching aid/medias are developed.
The information and data collected from Realia are required by USD students to complete their final task for the Curriculum Development and BIPA Learning Program at the Faculty.