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Indonesia and Finland Signed MoU on Cooperation in the Education Sector

image ministers of education Indonesia - Finland signed MoUIndonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Anies Baswedan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Finnish Education and Communication Minister, Krista Kuru, at the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture office on Thursday, March 19, 2015. The aim of the agreement was to strengthen the cooperation in the education sector, particularly in the elementary and secondary education system.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focused on six areas: (1) Information and scientific publication exchanges; (2) Curriculum development; (3) Analysis and discussion on education; (4) Teaching and learning professionalism; (5) School management; and (6) Other education issues agreed between Indonesia and Finland.
“From this cooperation, there are many things we can do in our education sector, ” said Anies after signing the MoU.
“This is a main key that we have people who are capable of making new breakthroughs,” added the Finnish Education and Communication Minister, Krista Kuru.

Indonesia to Host Asia-Europe Meeting Forum 2015

image asem logoIndonesia is ready to host Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Forum on Lifelong Learning 2015. The forum themed Renewing the Agenda for Lifelong Learning will take place on 9 – 12 March, 2015 in Bali.

The forum aims to develop innovative visions and effective models for lifelong learning under contemporary conditions. Researchers, policymakers and practitioners from various ASEM countries will gather in Bali to discuss lifelong learning practices and policies in Asia and Europe. The event is also expected t0 build up wider and stronger relationship among Asia – Europe countries on lifelong learning.

The ASEM Forum on Lifelong Learning 2015 will be organised by the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub) in partnership with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education of Denmark, and the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture as the ASEM Education Secretariat (AES).

Listening Audio and Transcript: Hope, Expectation for New Indonesian Leader

image jokowi inaugurationListening practices with audio and transcript. Title: Hope, Expectation for New Indonesian Leader. Type: News, Story. The files (audio mp3 and word doc/pdf) are intended to be used as additional materials for English listening class for Indonesian students, grade: senior high / vocational schools. Upload by (October 2014), source:


Indonesia has a new president. Joko Widodo was sworn in as president on Monday at the national parliament building in Jakarta. Leaders of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore attended the swearing-in ceremony. So did America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State John Kerry.

By the middle of the day, thousands of people had gathered on Jakarta’s main streets to welcome the new leader and celebrate his swearing-in. Celebrations included a parade, a rock music show and the release of paper lanterns into the night sky.

Joko Widodo does not have ties to the Indonesian political establishment. His election is being celebrated as a turning point in the world’s third-largest democracy. The former businessman had become a highly popular politician. He is Indonesia’s seventh president. There are huge expectations for the new president. His election has created a sense of hope and change in Indonesia. But President Widodo will face difficult issues. Aleksius Jemadu is a professor at Pelita Harapan University in Indonesia.

He says “I think his biggest challenge is going to be how to defend his policies and how to get the support of members of parliament, especially those that are on the other side of the political spectrum.”

Mr. Widodo won the presidential election with 53 percent of the vote nationwide. But he does not control a majority in Indonesia’s parliament.

Recently, parliament voted to cancel direct elections for local government leaders. The vote has fueled fears that the president’s opponents could block his programs and refuse to approve money to carry out his proposals.

US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with President Joko Widodo at his inauguration Oct. 20, 2014

Economic growth in Indonesia is the lowest it has been in five years. That is partly because of reduced demand for oil and other commodities. The new president is hoping for a growth rate of seven percent. He has promised to improve transportation and other infrastructure and carry out delayed reforms. …

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Listening Audio and Transcript: “The Sleeping Beauty”

image_ the sleeping beautyDownload: Listening Audio (mp.3) and Transcript (word). Genre: Narrative. Title: The Sleeping Beauty.

Excerpts of the transcript:

Once upon a time there was a king and queen who for a very long time had no children, and when at length a little daughter was born to them they were so pleased that they gave a christening feast to which they invited a number of fairies. But, unfortunately, they left out one rather cross old fairy, and she was so angry that she said the princess should die when she reached the age of sixteen, by pricking her hand with a spindle. All the other fairies present, except one, had already given the princess their beautiful gifts, and this last one said she could not prevent part of the wicked wish coming true; but her gift should be that the princess should not really die, but only fall into a deep sleep, which should last for a hundred years, and at the end of that time she should be awakened by a king’s son …

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English Learning Resources and Lesson Plans: Announcement (SMA, Grade: 10, Curriculum 2013)

image_ lesson plan_ announcement at the airportDownload: English Learning Resources/Materials. Topic: Announcement at the Airport. Grade: Senior High School (SMA, Class: 10). Curriculum: 2013.
The following English learning resources file (zip) consists of Lesson Plan (Rencana Pelaksanaan Pembelajaran – RPP, file: word), Lesson Presentation (Presentasi Pelajaran, file: ppt), Lesson/Material Format (Format Materi Pelajaran, file: word), Learning Media Format (Format Media Pembelajaran, file: word), Assessment Format (Format Penilaian, file: word), Students’ worksheets Format (Format LKS, file: word) and Listening Audio-Video (file: flv-mp.3). ©2013_ Mustakin, S.Pd, one of the participants in PLPG 2014 Rayon 124.

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English Material: “How about” vs “What about”

image what about vs how aboutEnglish Teaching Material: “How about” vs “What about”.

Use “How about?” to give suggestion (Gunakan “how about” untuk menyatakan/ memberikan saran).
“How about?” can be followed by verb-ing or by a pronoun and verb1.
• How about going to the cinema?
• How about we rent a DVD?

A: I’ve got the day off from work tomorrow. What should we do?
B: How about going to the cinema?
A: I don’t really feel like going out.
B: How about we just rent a DVD and watch it at home?
A: That sounds good.

“What about?” is often used when someone is asking for an opinion to a choice (“What about” sering digunakan ketika seseorang meminta pendapat atas suatu pilihan)
• What about the green one? That looks pretty on you.

We can also use “What about?” to mention an objection (Kita juga bisa menggunakan “what about” untuk menyatakan alasan karena merasa keberatan atau tidak setuju)

A: Let’s spend the weekend in the city.
B: But what about my piano lesson on Saturday?
A: That’s no problem, just talk to the teacher and reschedule it.

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English Material: Relative Pronouns; that, who, whose, to whom, of which

image relative pronounsDownload: English materials; topic: relative pronouns, e.g. that, who, whom, whose, which, to whom, of which, from which. File: pdf. The explanation of the materials uses Bahasa Indonesia. This file is intended to be used by Indonesian students as the preparation for taking English tests, such as national exam and University entrance tests.
Here is the excerpt of the file.
Inilah kutipan file-nya:

  • Ringkasan: Relative Pronouns adalah kata ganti yang digunakan untuk menghubungkan dua klausa/kalimat. Misalnya: that, who, whom, whose, which.
  • Bahasan Materi:
  • Relative Pronouns Tunggal / Satu Kata; misalkan: that, who, whom, whose, which.
  • Relative Pronouns Kombinasi/Gabungan; misalkan: to whom, for whom, of which.
  • Latihan Soal dan Pembahasan.

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