During my stay in Belitong I met a friend from my previous event in Bali, I called her Yuk Nisa. She told me about her community’s project in teaching English for tour guide, she said it is a part of Belitong Island Geopark project. Belitong Island Geopark is a project initiated by ITB (Institut Teknologi Bandung / Bandung Institute of Technology) with BUMD (Badan Usaha Milik Daerah) to develop the natural resources of Belitong Island and to harmonize the society components.
As communication is one of the aspects considered important to support the geopark project, BUMD in collaboration with PCMI Belitong (Purna Caraka Muda Indonesia/ Indonesia Student Exchange Alumni) conducting English training for the potential tour guide candidate. Most of the training participants are senior high school students and young people who lived in Belitong. Hence, they are well-understand about the Geopark sites and some of tourist destinations.
Back to my experience in the classroom session. Lucky me, my friend invited me to come with her and help the facilitator team in teaching English. In my first session I met Kak Ocha (known as Dokter Ocha) in reading activity about forest as natural resources article. I was acting as the narrator of the article, so I read aloud sentence by sentence and we were trying to find out any difficult word. Kak Ocha and I decided to use this method because all of the participants (in our group) are beginner (maybe they are in A1 – A2 level), so we helped them to know the meaning of each word and understand the meaning of word from the sentence context. I realized that this method was useful to introduce them basic knowledge of vocabulary. We wrapped up our today’s session by having scrabble game.
I learnt from them that it is not too late to learn. Some of them never learnt English before, they looked tough in absorbing some of information and I did try my best using Bahasa Indonesia as medium of instruction. As the facilitator, we need to make English easier to be learnt.
Next week was my second chance to join the session. I met a new friend from PCMI, he told me to help him to share about Part of Speech for today session. He started the class by explaining about effective sentence and asked students to make their own effective sentence which contains Subject (S) and (Verb). He previously gave the example of effective sentence and asked students to make one, and from that sentences he briefly explained about some of sentence’s component that belong to Part of Speech.
If I may share my opinion about the learning phase for today’s session, it was quite absurd and not smoothly conduct, why did I say that? Based on the Bloom Taxonomy theory ‘creating’ is the highest level of skills in the classroom context. I mean, if the learning objective is to know and understand about Part of Speech is a way better to get students understand about the basic knowledge of it, not to directly introduce them into effective sentence. We need start from general knowledge to specific one, so it would give clearer picture to the students.
I was given 10 minutes’ session to explain about Part of Speech in detail. I was trying to tailor it up what the previous facilitator had explained to stay in track with the learning objectives.
Joining my last session in their English class made me realize about something. It is indeed interesting to have experience teaching English for tour guide yet it requires detail preparation for its module and I believe it is not easy (in my opinion). Once I joined English for Specific Purposes (ESP), we made a module for particular purpose and it required us to spend a lot of effort in preparation (need analysis, data collection and subject matter research) and furthermore to predict the applicability of our module.