Networking and communicating: Technological applications and implications for the learning of Indonesian and EFL
Contributor(s)Lian, A. P.
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AbstractIn an increasingly globally interdependent world, proficiency in a second language and the ability to function interculturally are seen as important assets, even necessities. In Australia, the importance of second language skills has been recognised at the policy level by the inclusion of languages other than English as a key learning area nationally (MCEETYA, 1989 & 1999) and as part of the core curriculum in Queensland where Indonesian is one of the priority languages in the state. In Indonesia, English is the most widely taught foreign language in schools and is compulsory for most secondary students. This paper presents an account of a developing project designed to enhance the language proficiency and cultural awareness of students of both Indonesian and English through inclusion in their language program of computer-mediated exchanges. Ten schools in Indonesia and fifteen schools in Queensland are being linked in this large-scale tandem e-learning project, after a preliminary year-long feasibility study. This project, named QUIPNet (Queensland Indonesia Proyek Internet), is supported by the National Department of Education, Indonesia and by funding from the Queensland Office of Premier and Cabinet.