Batch V Conversation Class Program and Batch IV Speaking Class Program are held this semester again at Ganesha University of Education (Undiksha). The program in collaboration with International Center for English Excellence (ICEE) is attended by 327 participants consisting of students and lecturers. Through these programs, the participants are expected to improve their English language skills in order to increase competitiveness. This was conveyed by Undiksha Vice Rector on Academic Affairs and Partnership, Dr. Gede Rasben Dantes, S.T., M.TI after opening the program on Tuesday, 3rd of September 2019.
Undiksha has launched an Internationalization at Home program in 2019. Therefore, mastery of international languages by the academic community is considered very necessary. He added that the participants can broaden their insights to facilitate international relations. “This program has been running since 2017. In collaboration with ICEE, Undiksha wants to increase the ability of students and lecturers to speak English. With this ability, we can become more open and are able to meet with people from various countries. This is also in line with the university program, internationalization at home, meaning that Undiksha wants to be the home of the international community, “he explained.
Head of the Office of International Affairs and Partnership of Undiksha, Dr. Ni Made Ratminingsih, M.A., said that the interest of students and lecturers to take part in this program tends to increase in number every year. This means that the program is welcomed positively and is expected to increase in the future. English is very important. This competence can bring more confidence in communication. Not only in the campus environment, but also in participating in international programs, she said.
Meanwhile, the language instructor from ICEE, Mr. Erick Ginting explained that the participants are encouraged to be more active in speaking English. The students who join the program do not all have good English language skills. He stressed that this is not the case. As far as they have commitment to study hard and practise afterwards, those who only had initially limited number of vocabulary will be gradually able to speak in a more confident way. In addition to those two programs, English Immersion Camp has also been held for the first time this year for six days. The program was attended by dozens of students and lecturers in various study programs. This also aims not only to improve English speaking skills, but also widen international collaboration and social awareness (written by Dr. Ni Mde Ratminingsih, M.A.)