A Lengser dance (which is a Sundanese traditional greeting) initiated the community service program of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of Parahyangan Catholic University (FISIP Unpar) in Nagreg-Kendan, Bandung Regency on (15/5).
the FISIP Unpar team that consisted of a number of lecturers and students were also treated to various performances of traditional West Javanese cultural arts such as jaipongan and pencak silat which were enthusiastically delivered by the students of Junior High School (SMP) 17’s Nagreg-Kendan Educational Foundation.
This community service activity was held for the second time after its premiere in December 2017. The implementation of this English language improvement program is important to be implemented considering the era of globalization and the rise of information technology which requires the ability to speak English for all circles. English language coaching is also required along with the enactment of the ASEAN Economic Community (MEA) since 2015.
The training was followed by all students from grades 7 to 9. A total of 370 students were divided into six groups. Each lecturer, accompanied by a student, lead a conversation in English. Not only that, the team also introduced English through songs and games.
Eva Van Dijk, an Australian student participating in the Australian Consortium for In Country Indonesia Studies (ACICIS) student exchange program, became the most sought-after learner. Besides being a native speaker, Eva is also good at singing and telling stories.
Given the high enthusiasm, one of the senior teachers, Iwan Ardie Priyatna, wished for the coaching and mentoring program and guest teacher delivery to be more frequent. Iwan also explained that the school has established conversation clubs to improve students’ ability and confidence.