Bahasa Indonesia for Foreigners (BIPA) Text Books Challenges to Prepare Students’ Readiness in the Working World

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Robertus Leksono
Liana Kosasih

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Education system in Industrial Revolution 4.0 is being challenged to prepare students to be well-equipped with the 21st century skills. In addition to this competitive globalization era, teaching of Bahasa Indonesia as a foreign language has come to the need of conformity of learning material to the working world. This paper will describe the impacts of “Sahabatku Indonesia - BIPA diplomacy material for Thai speaker” textbook to students of year 1 in Naresuan University. The use of learner-centred and teacher-friendly language textbook is still in debate among language teachers, publishers, as well as ministries of education across the globe (Tomlinson, 2012). The finding does not show the relation of learning material in text books to the needs in the working world, however, the findings describe the effectiveness of topical units in the text book that help students to acquire better understanding to the language, Indonesian people and culture, and arouse students’ interests to learn further studies of Indonesia and Bahasa Indonesia, which then in turns will be beneficial for them in their working world.

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