Critical Language Scholarship Program | Malang, Indonesia
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Malang, Indonesia

Program Dates:

June 09 - August 11, 2019

Hosting Institution:

Universitas Negeri Malang

Pro­gram Overview

The CLS Indone­sian Pro­gram in Malang, Indone­sia pro­vides stu­dents oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn Bahasa Indone­sia both inside the class­room and in an immer­sive cul­tur­al set­ting dur­ing an inten­sive 8‑week lan­guage pro­gram set in the sec­ond-largest city in East Java. The struc­ture of the pro­gram is designed to cov­er the equiv­a­lent of one aca­d­e­m­ic year of uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el Indone­sian study. Stu­dents receive a min­i­mum of 20 hours per week of class­room instruc­tion where they learn the four major skills of speak­ing, lis­ten­ing, read­ing and writ­ing in Bahasa Indone­sia. Giv­en the small class sizes, the teacher to stu­dent ratio for the CLS Indone­sian pro­gram can be as small as one to one thus allow­ing teach­ers to work close­ly with stu­dents to improve their Indone­sian proficiency.

The CLS Indone­sian Pro­gram is host­ed by Uni­ver­si­tas Negeri Malang (UM), one of the old­est teach­ing insti­tu­tions in Indone­sia, dat­ing back to 1954. UM is con­sid­ered to be one of the pre­mière insti­tu­tions in Indone­sia for the teach­ing of edu­ca­tors, pro­fes­sors, and teach­ers of Indone­sian as a sec­ond lan­guage. UM has been host­ing the CLS Indone­sian Pro­gram since its incep­tion in 2010. The CLS Pro­gram has become well inte­grat­ed into the uni­ver­si­ty cul­ture and CLS stu­dents quick­ly find them­selves accept­ed as a part of the stu­dent com­mu­ni­ty. You can find out more about UM on their web­site.

The CLS cur­ricu­lum in Malang incor­po­rates exten­sive co-cur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties includ­ing day and week­end excur­sions to explore sig­nif­i­cant sites on the Indone­sian island of Java, cul­tur­al sem­i­nars, and com­mu­ni­ty projects where par­tic­i­pants uti­lize their Bahasa Indone­sia to learn more about Indonesia’s cul­ture. In the past, week­end excur­sions have includ­ed group trips to a local tea plan­ta­tion and small businesses.

Out­side of the class­room, the CLS Indone­sian Pro­gram pro­vides stu­dents oppor­tu­ni­ties to expe­ri­ence life in an Indone­sian fam­i­ly and to build close rela­tion­ships with local stu­dents. Each stu­dent will be paired with two native-speak­ing lan­guage part­ners who are stu­dents at UM. Stu­dents will also live with a host fam­i­ly, which will allow them to gain insight into cul­tur­al norms and dai­ly cus­toms. Fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty are very impor­tant traits of Indone­sian cul­ture and it is not uncom­mon for CLS alum­ni to return to Malang years lat­er and still be greet­ed as an impor­tant fam­i­ly member.