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In this blog, you”ll see, read, write, and also experience idea and discussion on all things related to our main task, teaching English. The idea and discussions on teaching English will be primary divided into categories following to the four English main skills. However, some categories include the area of ICT, moral value, typical teaching and learning activities and some others. After reading the ideas, I invite you to deliver your comments or other contributions related to particular topics you are interested in.
The implementation of ICT (information and communication technology) in language teaching and learning, particularly in field of TESOL has been my strong interest and a pursuit for a career in the field. This was promoted during my postgraduate studies when Dr. Hartoyo and his assistant M. Lukman, M.A, lectures on ICT in English teaching at English Education Department, Graduate School of UHAMKA University gave me much insights toward how such CALL (Computer assisted language learning) application would provide benefits to language learners especially Indonesian learners whereas opportunity to access learning using technology does not seem widely available. Electronic devices like computers with internet network in many areas in Indonesia are not easy to get and access. I came to realize learners in especially remote area should obtain chance equally to those living in big cities like Jakarta.
Besides, the implementation of ICT is likely to be accommodated by teacher performance. Yet, teaching approaches and techniques toward such ICT implementation in area of English language teaching and learning does not seem to be well recognized by teachers within the practice. Thus, practice of teaching using technology like computer becomes misleading issue of substituting presence of teacher with technology like computer. The need of approaches and techniques of English language teaching using information and communication technology as well as CALL application represent for me a field in which I can achieve satisfying personal development.
At the side of love of teaching and with distinguished postgraduate performance, I was appointed to work as a lecturer at the Department of English Education of UHAMKA University, the most prestigious university in Jakarta for its teacher training center. In my professional practice, I attach significant importance to implementing ICT in English language teaching and learning. I introduced the use of Computer Mediated communication, Computer based Instruction and Computer based Assessment into my classroom practices providing different atmosphere of learning which swift the dependent learning environment to the students’ English learning independency.
In addition, I attempt to gain more insights into the student’ learning psychology from in-class and off-class communications with them so as to bring something new particularly in humanistic teaching and learning activities. Forthrightly, I am supposed to attribute all my creativities to the enlightenments that I received from the lectures during my undergraduate and postgraduate studies and from the self-study of experts on education, particularly in area of ICT implementation in English language teaching and learning that I read under the influence of the Program.
For my professional dedication and for my innovative teaching, I have been awarded a succession of honors that endow me with a strong sense of pride and achievement. My project “Having fun with English running dictionary” was tightly selected among hundreds overall Indonesia for creative English teaching innovation by the HOPE Foundation Indonesia in 2010. Further, my recognition towards ICT implementation in English teaching and learning brought me to the English Education Department of UHAMKA University to evaluate the running syllabus of ICT in English teaching as well as to step onto higher position as Assistant Lecturer on ICT in language teaching and learning at English education program, the Graduate School, UHAMKA University. In this sense of applied technology in language teaching and learning field, I was invited to share my ideas on Cambodian TESOL conference last February 2012.
My research results are embodied in proceeding published by University of Lampung, Lampung. In addition, I was appointed as listening test maker to Regional English Try Out Test Center, Secondary Education Body of North Jakarta. I have been responsible for the debate competition for High School students in North Jakarta since 2009.
However, my professional activities that sometime bring me to many schools around Indonesia have made me deeply recognize reasons for being 160th position of my beloved country, Indonesia. The country is obviously well known for the second biggest Internet users for some social networks, yet this outstanding quantity does not walk along with educational purposes and activities as well as in the industrial countries.
The University of York, United Kingdom has given me opportunities to sharpen my recognition in inevitable role of ICT in education particularly in English teaching and learning practice. Under the commitment in standard facility of national education, the government of Indonesia not only has brought computers to schools but also disputes regarding to the concept of computer assistance to the learning as well as the swifts of teachers’ main role in instruction. Alternative of combining the modern technology with humanistic sense would encourage number of researches to conduct. Both modern technology in English language teaching and learning and the complexity of human individuals have made the comprehensive application of diverse educational approaches necessary.
My PhD scholarship at the University of York UK is motivated by my strong interest in the application of modern science and technology, especially the information technology represented by the. ICT implementation in English Language Teaching is a new discipline that has emerged as a result of the rapid development of modern communication technology since the late 20th century. It has tremendous potential for development and commercial application.
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