Sunday, 5 July 2009

developing language capability

Data from Language Center (PB) showed that only ten percent of UIN Jakarta’s student class of 2005 achieved TOEFL score range of 450 until 600. The faculty with the highest number of students achieving this range of score is Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teaching Science (FITK) while the faculties with the lowest number of students achieving this range of score are FUF and FDI.

Head of Language Center (PB) UIN Jakarta Dr Atiq Susilo said that there are many factors leading to this low TOEFL score result. “The factors are, the unavailability of an institution which specializes in handling language at UIN Jakarta, the student’s input and the output from the respective faculties,” he said in PB Building, Friday (4/4).

He added, now UIN Jakarta only has a Unit of Technical Procedure (UPT) of language which is managed by Language Center (PB). This unit has no authority in developing students’ language capability because it only serves as the operational policy maker and not as the operational strategy maker.

“Due to the inadequate role of PB, the responsibility of developing language capability lies in the hands of respective faculties. Unfortunately, some faculties have guidelines and supervisions in language teaching and they also do not entirely comprehend the method of language teaching. Thus, in the end the responsibility all lies to the lecturers with their diverse competencies. And this is undermined by the lack of effort by the student in improving their English skills,” he said.

The TOEFL which was jointly hold last year was the implementation of the Rector Letter of Decision (SK) No 241, 2005 about the minimum TOEFL score of 450 and minimum TOAFL score of 375 as a prerequisite for thesis trial which is valid as of class of 2005.

Hundreds of students, ringed by soldiers, staged a noisy but peaceful demonstration today across from the Presidential Palace in the third day of protests aimed at President B. J. Habibie and his Cabinet.

''Habibie must step down and be replaced by a transitional government,'' said Indra Tarindrianto, an organizer for the Communication Forum of the Jakarta Student Senate, a umbrella group of students from 24 universities. Students have vowed to press their cause before a special parliamentary session planned for November to pass new electoral laws.

With summer vacation coming to an end, the students who played a key role in bringing down President Suharto last May after his 32 years in power are making their way back onto campuses and hoping to again change the course of history.

''If Habibie is not serious and consistent in dealing with allegations of human rights violations and the skyrocketing prices of essential goods, the students will come back and could be even bigger,'' said Muridan Widjoyo, from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

A major focus of the unrest is inflation, which has climbed past 70 percent a year.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

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