2016 ASILE Conference
ASILE is the Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators
ASILE began its existence at a conference in Adelaide on Anzac weekend 1994. The coming together of Indonesian language educators from all levels was based on a concept put forward by Ibu Firdaus, lecturer in Indonesian at Flinders University. It was proposed that a new peak professional body be formed which should further the interests and report on the research and practice of Indonesian language teachers from early childhood through to tertiary level.
This was followed by a second national conference at Monash University in July 1995 organised by Barbara Hatley and Harry Aveling. At the Monash event, it was resolved to constitute the new association with the name of Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators (ASILE). A committee was elected, comprising two members of the formative group at Flinders University, the two convenors of the Monash conference and two representatives of the Sydney group which planned to host the third conference in 1996. After the successes of previous conferences, ASILE has continued to be organised on a rotating voluntary basis with no permanent board or secretariat. ASILE Conferences were held in Brisbane in 1998, Canberra 1999, Melbourne 2001, Adelaide 2003, Perth 2005, Sunshine Coast 2007, Sydney in 2009, Canberra in 2010, Salatiga in 2012 and Denpasar in 2014. In 2016, Adelaide, again, welcomes participants to the 14th ASILE Conference.
INTAN is collaborating with Flinders University and the Australian-Indonesian Association of South Australia to present the ASILE 2016 Conference. In the spirit of ASILE, this collaboration brings together peak bodies of the schooling and tertiary sectors in South Australia in conjunction with the local Indonesian community.
Each organisation will share its expertise, professionalism as well as local and national contacts to develop, plan and deliver a stimulating, professional, and culturally rich program.
The theme for ASILE conference 2016 is INDOVASI: menuju paradigma baru (moving into a new paradigm) in Indonesian language education.
This theme has been chosen specifically to provoke our thinking about the future of Indonesian language teaching and research. As a field, we find ourselves in challenging times. On the one hand, there is much rhetoric about the importance of our relationship with Indonesia and the value of learning Indonesian, and yet on the other, we have fewer programs and students studying the language than in previous years. We are in rapidly changing times, with shifting political and economic forces, increased mobility, expanding communication technologies and networks, and demands on us to be innovative and agile.
It is within this context that we ask conference participants to consider the future of Indonesian language and culture teaching and research. We ask:
- What do we imagine the future will look like?
- What will it mean for future generations to learn Indonesian?
- How might we respond to these challenges and opportunities?
- What will we need to realise our vision?
We welcome all participants interested in these questions and more to attend the conference and contribute to the dialogue about the future of our field, and to shape a paradigma baru together.
For more information about the 2016 ASILE Conference, visit the 2016 ASILE Conference website.
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