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

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures to the crowd during a street parade following his inauguration in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP PhotoAchmad Ibraham)Listening 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 http://www.soehaarrr.com (October 2014), source: voanews.com.

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Transcript:

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)

lesson presentation_ 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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Bilingual MC in the Graduation Ceremony at SMPN 7 Cenrana

foto penamatan_beberapa siswa 9d dan orang tua siswaHere is an example of bilingual Masters of Graduation Ceremonies (English and Bahasa Indonesia), intended to be used by Indonesian students, grade: SMP/MTs, SMA/MA/SMK and college. MC 1 speaks in English; MC 2 in Bahasa Indonesia.

This MC script was taken from SMPN 7 Cenrana graduation ceremony in the 2013/2014 academic year, held on June 16th 2014. It was written by Soe_ http://www.soehaarrr.com ©2014_ SMPN 7 Cenrana Maros.

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Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb….
• MC 1:
Ladies and Gentlemen, all the guests and audiences… we would like to say: “Welcome to SMPN 7 Cenrana. Thank you very much for attending our invitation.”

MC 2:
Bapak, Ibu, para undangan dan hadirin sekalian… kami ucapkan: “Selamat Datang di SMP Negeri 7 Cenrana. Terima kasih atas kesediaannya memenuhi undangan kami”
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• MC 1:
For the students of SMPN 7 Cenrana, grade 9, please come to the ceremony place and have a seat.

MC 2:
Kepada Siswa kelas 9 SMPN 7 Cenrana, kami persilahkan menempati tempat yang telah disediakan

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• MC 1:
Honorable:
The head of Cenrana Sub-district and the staff.
The head of Cenrana Education Department
The chief of Camba – Cenrana Police headquarters
The headmaster of SMPN 7 Cenrana.
All the students’ parents, all the guests and audiences…

• MC 2:
Yang Terhormat:
Camat Cenrana dan staf,
Kepala UPTD Cenrana,
Kepala Kepolisian Sektor Camba-Cenrana
Kepala SMPN 7 Cenrana,
Seluruh orang tua siswa, para undangan dan hadirin sekalian…
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• MC 1:
First of all, let us say Alhamdulillahirabbil ‘alamin. Let us praise to the Almighty Allah SWT, because of his Blessing, we are able to attend the graduation ceremony for the students of SMPN 7 Cenrana, on the 28th graduation, in the academic year 2013/2014… on Monday, 16th June 2014.

MC 2:
Pertama-tama, marilah kita mengucapkan Alhamdulillahirabbil ‘alamin, karena atas keridhaan Allah SWT kita bisa menghadiri acara Penamatan siswa SMPN 7 Cenrana Angkatan ke-28, Tahun Pelajaran 2013/2014, pada hari Senin, 16 Juni 2014.

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

image_ how about vs what 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?

Examples:
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)

Examples:
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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Tips and Tricks to Learn English Easily: QUCRA 8

Quick, Creative and Accurate (QuCrA) Solution is an alternative method to solve English tests. It is intended to be used for Indonesian students who want to answer English tests quickly, creatively and accurately. This method is related to grammar and vocabulary exams.

Here is one of the QuCrA Series: QUCRA 8_ “SUMUR-TUWAN”:

ORDER/POSITION OF ADJECTIVES AS PRE-NOMINAL MODIFIERS
(Urutan/posisi kata sifat sebagai penjelas kata benda; letaknya sebelum kata benda)

image_qucra 8_ sumurtuwan

  •  CONTOH SOAL:

1. My sister bought ______ last week.

  • A. an Italian beautiful brown leather bag
  • B. an Italian leather brown beautiful bag
  • C. a beautiful brown leather Italian bag
  • D. a beautiful brown Italian leather bag
  • E. a bag beautiful brown Italian leather

PEMBAHASAN: Inti frasa (Noun) di atas adalah ‘bag’. Untuk menentukan urutan kata sifat sebelum ‘bag’, lihat rumus SUMUR-TUWAN + NOUN. Urutan kata / word order yang benar adalah: beautiful (sifat), brown (warna), Italian (asal) dan leather (bahan). Jadi Noun Phrase yang benar adalah a beautiful brown Italian leather bag (sebuah tas yang cantik berwarna coklat dari kulit Italia).
JAWAB: D (a beautiful brown Italian leather bag).

2. Error Recognition (Mencari yang salah), Soal UN SMK 2013.

My secretary is very beautiful. She has blonde long hair and blue eyes. She is tall and slim.
A. beautiful
B. blonde long hair
C. blue eyes
D. tall and slim

PEMBAHASAN: Urutan kata (word order) yang tidak baku ialah blonde long hair. Kata sifat penjelas noun (hair) seharusnya dimulai dari ukuran (long) kemudian bentuk (blonde). Frase yang tepat ialah long blonde hair. Atau dengan menggunakan Rumus SUMUR-TUWAN, seharusnya:
long blonde hair.
U       TU    NOUN                           U: Ukuran, TU: benTUk, N: Noun
JAWAB: B. blonde long hair.