ERIC Number: ED239511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Style and Situation: A Sociolinguistic Approach to Teaching Bahasa Indonesia.
Anderson, Edmund A.
Two aspects of a 9-month intensive course in Indonesian are outlined: the component introducing language use in Indonesian social situations, and the choice of instructional materials. The language of social situations is introduced systematically in a series of combinations of speaker, location, and topic, and includes a substantial segment on communicating emotions. The process of collecting and selecting classroom materials that were sociolinguistically sensitive for this component involved (1) defining the basic topics needed, (2) developing a descriptive matrix of 60 possible social situations, (3) eliciting and recording relevant coversations, (4) seeking the advice of native speakers to determine the conversations' appropriateness, and (5) transcribing them for class lessons. The materials were intended to illustrate stylistic variations in speech. Structured and informal practice were derived from the materials gathered. Problems experienced included initial resistance from staff and students to "common" language, and student interest in documentation of the variations being studied. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Course Organization, Foreign Countries, Indonesian, Instructional Materials, Intensive Language Courses, Interpersonal Communication, Language Variation, Media Selection, Second Language Instruction, Sociolinguistics, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (Minneapolis, MN, December 27-29, 1983).