Category Archives: education

Unstoppably Spreading the Love of Extensive Reading

I’ve been living in Japan for 37 years. Prior to that I had been teaching English in America for 5 years. I’ve been doing Extensive Reading (ER) for at least 35 years. And I’ve been teaching in my current university … Continue reading

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Teachers Who Changed My Life

It is May, which is the national education month in Indonesia. The second of May is celebrated as the national education day.   So I took time to ponder for a minute or two, trying to come up with the … Continue reading

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Dr. James Bacchus: From a Journo To a World Politician

Some parts of his life is a typical story of baby boomers, a generation before mine. Dr. James Bacchus was the first person in his family to get a college degree. He got a full academic scholarship from Vanderbilt University … Continue reading

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Losing Mentors

I am in grief. It took me around an entire month to discover the fact that one of my mentors I look up to passed away. Blame it on my digital news diet. I was just googling and suddenly I … Continue reading

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Learning Foreign Languages Is Very Romantic

“WHY English?” I asked Prof. Shinichiro Torikai of Rikkyo University, Japan. We met last Friday and sat down together. An impromptu interview ensued and this question popped out. Just like that. He replied:”Even today I love English because learning a … Continue reading

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Building a Bridge between Academic World and Industries

Being highly educated does not necessarily guarantee that one lands a job easily. In fact, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) as of February 2018 the unemployment percentage of those with university background is 6.31%, which is higher than that of … Continue reading

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GarageScript in Partnership with Mozila Indonesia Community Launches Its First Free Coding Course in Indonesia

GARAGESCRIPT sounds new to us in Indonesia. I, too, was unfamiliar with this startup until I came to their course at Mozilla Community Space in Jakarta, sat down and talked to two of young men from the startup to get … Continue reading

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Brand VS Passion dalam Dunia Pendidikan

Penulis nonfiksi terkenal dari Kanada Malcolm Gladwell pernah secara terbuka mengkritik fenomena penyembahan brand dalam dunia pendidikan. Orang berbondong-bondong untuk mendaftarkan diri ke universitas-universitas bergengsi di seantero negeri karena ingin mendapatkan gelar dari universitas itu. Dengan begitu saat seseorang ditanya,”Lulusan … Continue reading

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Bahasa Menunjukkan Usia?

Sudah seperti sebuah ketentuan alam bahwa anak muda dan orang tua berbeda cara dalam memakai bahasa. Dan perbedaan itu selalu membuat risau sebagian orang tua yang terus menerus gelisah dengan merebaknya bahasa gaul yang mereka deskripsikan sebagai “perusak” bahasa. Mereka … Continue reading

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‘Gila’, Rahasia Belajar Bahasa

Saya selalu berkata tidak ada rahasia dalam belajar bahasa. Kalaupun ada, rahasianya ialah cuma latihan terus menerus, tiap saat, tanpa kenal tempat. Kalau mau lebih bagus bicara, bicaralah dengan bahasa yang diinginkan sesering mungkin. Demikian juga dengan aspek kemampuan bahasa … Continue reading

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