The Project: Lessons for developing
The Indonesian Language Project contains twenty, interactive,
multimedia, listening-comprehension lessons for students
of Indonesian, ranging from the intermediate-low to
the advanced level on the American Council on the Teaching
of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) listening proficiency scale.
This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
The lessons are delivered online in a web-browser
interface for dual platform (PC and Macintosh) use.
The lessons, which are based on authentic clips from
contemporary Indonesian television and film footage,
are developed using schema theory (Carrell and Eisterhold
1983, and Schank and Abelson 1977) and a communicative
pedagogical approach (Omaggio Hadley 1993).
The three-fold objective of each lesson is
1) to teach listening strategies, 2) to develop cultural
and linguistic knowledge, and 3) to move the student
from intermediate-low to advanced level on the ACTFL
listening proficiency scale.
Learners will develop knowledge of intonation
patterns, speech acts and language functions, discursive
practices, registers, pragmatics, socio-linguistic and
cultural knowledge, as well as discrete linguistic knowledge
(i.e. vocabulary and grammatical patterns).
The modules are intended for out-of-class use
and designed to provide a challenging and motivating
environment where learners can set their own pace (learner-centered)
as they work through a variety of tasks and receive
ample assistance and feedback.
We gratefully acknowledge the advice and basic template
idea from the T4 (Transforming Teaching Through Technology)
Project on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus
directed by Professor Benjamin Rifkin.
Carrell, P.L. and J. Eisterhold. "Schema Theory and
ESL Reading Pedagogy." TESOL Quarterly 17 (1983):
Kramsch, Claire. Context and Culture in Language
Teaching. New York: Orford University Press, 1993.
Omaggio Hadley, Alice. Teaching Language in Context,
Boston: Heinle & Heinle, 1993.
Schank, Roger and Robert Abelson. Scripts, Plans,
Goals and Understanding: An Inquiry into Human Knowledge
Structures. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates,