Cross-Cultural Learning Program

11 Sep

Exciting News!

I am starting an English extracurricular program with UMS. It will be every week until December (except for UTS) on either Tuesday or Wednesday from 4-5:30. Whether you want to learn about other cultures or practice your English with native speakers, this program will be a good experience.


You can find out more information here: Schedule and Syllabus

If you have any questions, you can send me a Facebook message at Rachel Wisthuff and don’t forget to sign up in the Kantor Bahasa Inggris.


I’m Back

11 Sep


Hey guys! Sorry I have not posted a blog entry in a very long time. Over the school break, I did a little traveling. I went to Sulawesi with my best friend from the U.S. and I went to Malaysia to process my new visa. Although I am not an English teacher with FKIP Bahasa Inggris, I will still be on campus. I would love to still meet and practice English with all of you!

Speaking IV Final Presentation Schedule

18 Jun

Hi Everyone. I’m very sorry I had to cancel class today. I promise to feel much better by next week when final presentations begin. Please look at the presentation schedule here:  Speaking IV Final Presentation Schedule . I never received a message from some of you, so I went ahead and paired you randomly. If there is an error with the schedule, please SMS or Facebook me and I will fix it right away.

If you have time, please also take my survey here:

Any feedback will help the future volunteers to improve this class and make UMS students the best speakers they can be.

Speaking II Vocab: “Jobs”

15 Jun


For our final lesson, I want us to talk about jobs. Check out the vocabulary here: Speaking II Job Vocabulary and please do not forget to sign up to present your final project. The sign up sheet is on my desk in the ruang dosen. I hope you start practicing this week!

Speaking II Vocab: “Going on a Date”

8 Jun

It’s about time we started talking about love and relationships. Below is the vocabulary for next week.

Speaking II Relationship Vocab

Speaking Final Project

4 Jun

Here are the directions for the Speaking II and IV Final Projects. Please ask me if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to being in the audience!

Speaking II Final Project Directions

Description: Write and create a drama to be performed in class

Due Date: Wednesday July 4

Time Length: 8-10 minutes

Directions: In groups of 4 or 5, you will create a drama/skit for class. You will be randomly assigned your topic. Topics include going to the bank, going to the doctor, going to a restaurant, going on a date, going to the airport, or going to a hotel.


1) Group members must share all the dialogue equally, with about the same number of lines.

2) Groups must have all or almost all their dialogue memorized so that it sounds natural.

3) Groups must use the vocabulary related to their topic.

4) Costumes, props, and scenery are highly encouraged.

5) The drama must meet the time requirement. One letter grade will be deducted for every minute the drama is too short . (Example: If your drama is 7 minutes, the highest grade you can receive is a B. If your drama is 6 minutes, the highest grade you can receive is a C.) This means you must rehearse before class to make sure your drama is long enough.


Content: Vocabulary/Conversations 35%

Fluency: Presentation/Flow of Speech 25%

Grammar/Pronunciation: 25%

Creativity: 15%

Optional Rough Draft: You may email copy of your script to me early so I can make corrections to your grammar and give other feedback. You must email me before Wednesday June 20. If you email me after, I will not be able to look at your script.

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Speaking IV: Mock Trial

28 May

Mock Trial can be quite complicated, so to best prepare for next week’s role play, here are some materials to help you.

  • This handout leads you through the basic process, step by step, of a mock trial.
  • This PDF lists the basic roles of a mock trial.  [The Bailiff calls witnesses to the stand, he/she also accepts evidence, and is responsible for safety and security.]

Finally, this is the case we will be enacting next week.

The judge should practice reading aloud the directions. The witnesses should be familiar with their statements. The lawyers should meet with the witnesses to prepare questions they will ask. They should also read about the different objections. Everybody should be familiar with the facts of the case and the rules of law.

Click here for a list of your roles: Speaking IV Mock Trial Roles. Remember if you have questions you can always email or sms me. Good luck! I’ll see you in court 😉